I have a disclaimer to make. I do not believe in Diets. I do not believe in calorie counting and I most definitely do not believe in fasting. There I said it. Eating and drinking, I believe, is good for you. I understand there are loads of benefits from fasting, but if you are a person like me, with very low blood pressure and faint quite easily, you will find that what I am about to tell you, might be your solution to a smooth, and gentle 'clean out' as opposed to shocking your system with starvation or abrasive 'detoxes'. 

Brown rice is an absolute ancient grain that as a complex carbohydrate (providing both yin and yang) it metabolizes and delivers energy-giving sugars slowly, over time rather than a fast boom like wheat that will send you into the ZZZ's within the hour. The founder of the macrobiotic diet system, George Ohsawa, suggested a strict brown rice diet as a cleansing regimen for the sick.

Sickness is the first warning that we have made a wrong judgement. A healthy person is never unhappy.
— George Ohsawa

Let's bottom line this: the nutrient dense brown rice, gently removes toxins from your bloodstream and is a very soothing way of transitioning your body from an 'unhealthy' place to a 'healthier' place.  A brown rice cleanse is based on macrobiotic principles for body balance. It’s cleansing whilst simultaneously filling you up.  Brown rice is high in potassium, vitamins and minerals, embodies natural iodine, improves vitality and energy, and many  notice a more stable heartbeat and  more well-rounded circulation. 

Disclaimer: There are a few different 'methods' out there, and I would highly suggest that you find what is best for your individual body and needs. I found what is best for my body and I am sticking to it!

So How do I cleanse?

  • I only use short grain brown rice (seen in the photo above) I find the texture and flavour to be most desirable especially when eating it regularly).
  • I make a batch for the day so that I don't have to slave over the stove numerous times a day (who has time for that?) . warning: do not eat rice that has been sitting out for more than 24hrs as it can grow bacteria that you most definitely do not want to consume. 

If you need a serious cleanse follow this for 3-7 days:

Breakfast should consist of plain brown rice with coconut oil or olive oil (a dash of sea salt and cayenne pepper is well recommended). You need healthy fats in your body! Do not be scared of them. These fats are thought to aid in the elimination of fat-soluble toxins and are used in tissue repair.

Snack: Water water water or, Tea, Kefir Water, Kombucha, or Vegetable Broth

Lunch: Brown rice with vegetable broth

Snack: Water water water or, Tea

Dinner: Brown rice with vegetable broth & veggies from the broth.

Breakfast should look something like:

If you are a person like me, and found that this cleanse can be implemented into your morning ritual, you can continue to eat the basic brown rice with coconut oil for breakfast and add all sorts of goodies (I call it the brown rice 'oatmeal'). In our household, this is a staple breakfast ritual unless we are on the absolute strict cleanse:

Matcha Brown Rice Bowl: Recipe:  ‡ cooked brown rice ‡ 1-1.5 tbsp of coconut oil (depending on rice, you might need a bit more) ‡ 2 tbsp matcha powder for cooking ‡ 2 tbsp ground flax seeds ‡ 1 handful of cashews ‡ 1 handful of pumpkin seeds ‡ 1 handful of goji berries ‡ 1 handful of blueberries to throw on top. ‡ I like to add a pinch of sea salt to the top to counter the sweetness. Directions: mix it all together over a very light burner (as you do not want the rice to burn), when it's all mixed, put it in your favourite bowl, add the blueberries and the pinch of salt. Note: If you are a person that likes things on the sweet side, feel free to drizzle local honey over the dish (but please do yourself a favour and make sure its local- otherwise you are not getting any of the benefits of the honey and are just consuming extra unnecessary sugar!)

Matcha Brown Rice Bowl: Recipe: 

‡ cooked brown rice

‡ 1-1.5 tbsp of coconut oil (depending on rice, you might need a bit more)

‡ 2 tbsp matcha powder for cooking

‡ 2 tbsp ground flax seeds

‡ 1 handful of cashews

‡ 1 handful of pumpkin seeds

‡ 1 handful of goji berries

‡ 1 handful of blueberries to throw on top.

‡ I like to add a pinch of sea salt to the top to counter the sweetness.

Directions: mix it all together over a very light burner (as you do not want the rice to burn), when it's all mixed, put it in your favourite bowl, add the blueberries and the pinch of salt.

Note: If you are a person that likes things on the sweet side, feel free to drizzle local honey over the dish (but please do yourself a favour and make sure its local- otherwise you are not getting any of the benefits of the honey and are just consuming extra unnecessary sugar!)

Berry & Seed Brown Rice Bowl Recipe:   ‡ cooked brown rice ‡ 1-1.5 tbsp of coconut oil (depending on rice, you might need a bit more) ‡ 1 cup of almond milk ‡ 2 tbsp ground flax seeds ‡ 1 handful of cashews ‡ 1 handful of pumpkin seeds ‡ 1 handful of sunflower seeds ‡ 1 tbsp of sesame seeds ‡ 1 handful of goji berries ‡ 1 handful of rasberries to throw on top. ‡ I like to add a pinch of sea salt to the top to counter the sweetness. Directions: mix it all together over a very light burner (as you do not want the rice to burn), when it's all mixed, put it in your favourite bowl, add the rapsberries and the pinch of salt. Note: If you are a person that likes things on the sweet side, feel free to drizzle local honey over the dish (but please do yourself a favour and make sure its local- otherwise you are not getting any of the benefits of the honey and are just consuming extra unnecessary sugar!)  

Berry & Seed Brown Rice Bowl Recipe:  

‡ cooked brown rice

‡ 1-1.5 tbsp of coconut oil (depending on rice, you might need a bit more)

‡ 1 cup of almond milk

‡ 2 tbsp ground flax seeds

‡ 1 handful of cashews

‡ 1 handful of pumpkin seeds

‡ 1 handful of sunflower seeds

‡ 1 tbsp of sesame seeds

‡ 1 handful of goji berries

‡ 1 handful of rasberries to throw on top.

‡ I like to add a pinch of sea salt to the top to counter the sweetness.

Directions: mix it all together over a very light burner (as you do not want the rice to burn), when it's all mixed, put it in your favourite bowl, add the rapsberries and the pinch of salt.

Note: If you are a person that likes things on the sweet side, feel free to drizzle local honey over the dish (but please do yourself a favour and make sure its local- otherwise you are not getting any of the benefits of the honey and are just consuming extra unnecessary sugar!)

 

 

 

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