If you can’t fathom doing a detox for an entire week, a weekend detox is a great opportunity to give your mind, body, and soul a reprieve. It allows your body to cleanse itself from environmental toxins while getting you back to zen.
While you really need about three days to reap the benefits, that’s when you’re going on a water detox. Which means absolutely no eating is allowed.
Yes, it’s great, but I don’t have enough discipline to starve myself. I love food too much! Not to mention, I tried and it was just so taxing on my body.
Which is why I love gentle cleanses that promotes eating while keeping your sanity in tact. If you’re anything like me, then this weekend detox to recalibrate your senses is absolutely perfect for you.
Create a weekend retreat
You don’t have to go on a weekend retreat that promotes wellness when you can create your own solo wellness retreat right in the comfort of your own home. If there’s a retreat that you’ve had your eye on, but can’t seem to afford it or find that you can’t seem to get away for a weekend, you now have a way to replicate it.
Clear out your calendar and give yourself the break you deserve. If you feel that you’ll have cabin fever or want an extra dose of nirvana, you can squeeze in some hydrotherapy, massages, or salt cave sessions in.
Detox your body, mind, and soul
It’s whatever works for you. Just allow your senses to guide you along the way. Make it as comforting and relaxing as possible.
A weekend detox for your body, mind, and soul is so gentle and soothing that it’s too irresistible to resist. But, you’re going to have to find out for yourself.
Do all of your errands during the week so that you can make the most of the detox. The important thing is to have fun so you can feel refreshed after getting your zen on.
Let’s get started on the weekend detox schedule, shall we?
Friday afternoon/early evening
1) Purge writing- spend about 20-30 minutes writing anything that comes to mind. Nothing has to be cohesive or even grammatically correct. This will help release everything so that you start the detox in the right frame of mind.
2) Clean out your closet. This is your chance for the new, radiant you to emerge forward. So, you might as well look your best, right?
- get rid of everything that does not fit
- that you don’t like and or wear
- does not inspire you to be and look your best
- switch out seasonal clothing
3) Have a cup of digestive tea* (recipe below)
4) Make kitchari** for dinner- recipe below
5) Write down 20 things that you’re grateful for.
1) Warm lemon water
Start your day with some hydration with a glass of warm lemon water. Your body needs it after being depleted of it an entire evening.
Here are some benefits of warm lemon water:
- it helps balance PH levels
- gives a boost of energy
- aids in digestion and detoxification
- reduces inflammation
- boosts the immune system
- hydrates the body
2) Greet the day with sun salutations
In case you’re not familiar with them, it’s yoga. YouTube has a ton of videos so you can watch anyone that fancies your taste.
If you start your day with getting your zen on, your day will be set up for even more bliss to enter your life.
3) Chakra balancing meditation
It’s best if this is done outdoors so that you can really connect with nature. If you can get outside, great.
If not, then just find a comfortable spot in your home. Again, I refer to YouTube for this-sometimes by way of a guided meditation or just having some music with my earphones in really helps me to get in my element.
4) Dry body brushing
This is great to detox your lymph nodes while exfoliating your body.
Right before you enter the shower, take a dry body brush (they can be found in the bath and body aisle of pharmacies) and starting at your feet, brush your entire body in upwards circular strokes moving towards your heart. All it takes is a few minutes minutes of your time.
5) Oil your body
After you’re done brushing your body AND before you get into the shower, lather on some oil (I love coconut oil mixed with lavender). This is especially helpful in the colder months as the oil will act as a barrier against the hot shower leaving your body smoother and softer.
6) 5 minute self-oil massage
After showering, take some time to pamper yourself with a massage. Smooth out whatever kinks, knots, or soreness you may have and relish this act of self-care.
7) Digestive tea *(recipe below)
Nourish your body within by taking care of your second brain: your gut, with a digestive tea.
8) Kitchari breakfast ** (recipe below)
Kitchari is so gentle and comforting that you can eat it all three meals a day. Your body will be thanking you in no time. ** (recipe below)
9) Show gratitude
Write down 20 things that you’re grateful for. The more you show gratitude, the better your life becomes.
1) Read a book
Take a pause from life for yourself and curl up with a book that you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to it because life just somehow happened to get in the way.
2) Digestive tea* (recipe below)
3) Kitchari lunch** (recipe below)
1) Digestive tea* (recipe below)
2) Kitchari dinner** (recipe below)
3) Moon salutations
Greet the moon and pay homage to your inner divine femininity by doing some moon salutations. You can get videos on YouTube if you’re not familiar with moon salutations.
4) Show gratitude
Write down another 20 things that you’re grateful for.
5) Reflect on your day
Journal your thoughts about how your detox feels or do some purge writing-whatever suits your mood.
We want to keep this as simple as possible so you’re going to repeat Saturday’s schedule. If you feel that you need to make any tweaks and adjustments, then today is the day to do it. Otherwise, stick with yesterday’s list to continue getting your zen on.
That’s all there is to it. Cleanses and detoxes shouldn’t be about putting stress on your body. It’s about getting back into equilibrium. See below for the recipes and relish your oasis of solitude while getting healthier in your body, mind, and soul.
* Ayurvedic tea- Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel tea (CCF) is known for detoxification, weight loss, and reducing water retention.
The recipe can’t be any simpler. here’s how to make a CCF detox tea:
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp coriander
- ¼ tsp fennel
- tea strainer
- hot water
Boil water and pour in mug. Place seeds in tea strainer, put in mug, and let steep for 5 minutes before drinking.
**Kitchari is an Ayurvedic one pot meal that provides our bodies with all of the nutrients that are needed while aiding in digestion. The recipe that is posted below was derived from an Ayurvedic cooking class that I took a while back and loved.
It’s perfect for a weekend detox for your body, mind, and soul or even as a stand alone meal when you want the nutrients without compromising your health.
It will be exactly the same for all the meals so if you need a little more variety, feel free to supplement other vegetables of your choice each day. If you plan on making on big kitchari pot for the entire day to save yourself time, it’s best that you don’t heat it up in the microwave, but rather steam it each time around for leftovers.
A kitchari diet is meant to be eaten for seven days to get the most benefits. So, if you’d like to only eat this for an entire week, then go right ahead.
Serves 4 so if you’re eating alone, you can always steam it for each meal.
- ½ cup mung dal
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 6 curry leaves (if it’s not accessible to you, you can use a couple of bay leaves)
- 2 small Thai chile- sliced
- 3 tsp Masala powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 cup diced sweet potatoes
- 1 cup diced zucchini
1. Soak the dal and rice for 30 minutes or overnight. Rinse and drain well.
2. Heat ghee in a 4-quart saucepan on low heat.
3. Add turmeric and lightly toast for 10 seconds, followed by curry leaves and chile and allow to toast for 30 seconds.
4. Add both the dal and rice stirring frequently. Once it looks almost dry, add masala, salt, sweet potatoes, and 4 cups of water.
5. Bring to a full boil, then cover on low heat and bring to a simmer stirring occasionally.
6. About 30 minutes later, add zucchini and allow to cook for another 10 minutes. If anything has stuck to the bottom of the pot, then add more water. You’re looking to have a really thick soup.
7. Feel free to garnish with any fresh herbs and/or black pepper.
There you have it…a weekend detox for your body, mind, and soul. Allow yourself to indulge with some nourishment and find your oasis.
Try this out and any weekend you feel you need to get centered and balanced.
How do you give your body, mind, and soul a break? Let me know in the comments below.
Be sure to share this with anyone that can benefit from it.
See ya soon.
In the meantime, stay zenspired!