Brown Rice Fasting Plan First is when you need to lose few extra pounds and detox your body quickly. This rice diet is also referred to as rice fasting. A brown rice fast is actually an ancient practice dating back thousands of years. While it is a milder form of fasting it offer its own unique advantages and benefits. Rice fast does not produce extreme symptoms of detoxification as in water fasting, for example. Rice fasting is rather soothing and gently removes toxins from your bloodstream allowing you to avoid a feeling of discomfort that is often present during fasting. The standard rice fasting plan takes 3 days to complete. If you feel like it’s too much for you, try to go with only one day and repeat the fast after a week gradually increasing the duration of the fast. 3 Day Rice Detox The plan is simple. For three consequent day eat only brown rice. For that you will need 3cups of brown rice, preferably presoaked and thoroughly cooked. Try to split up your rice into 4-5 meals. You may a little bit of sea salt or a dash of cayenne pepper. You may also add a little bit of raw coconut oil or butter. These fats are thought to aid in the elimination of fat-soluble toxins and are used in tissue repair. Just make sure you use fats in moderation and don’t overload your rice with them. And as usual: do not forget to drink at least 8 cups of water daily. After 3 day slowly ease back into your regular foods. Introduce new foods gradually, allowing your body to adjust. Normally it would take you 1 ½ to 2 days to completely return to your normal menu. This fast will not only cleanse your body and improve your digestion but also help you lose up to 8 pounds. Laura Administrator ******** Posts: 15,241 http://www.laura-knight-jadczyk.com Brown Rice for better health « on: January 02, 2010, 10:22:22 PM » Edited 25 October 2010: Note that, since this article was published, and most of this discussion took place, we have discovered that rice not only has its own gluten that can be harmful, it also contains lectins to which many people are sensitive. We no longer recommend eating rice, brown or polished. _________________________________________________ ________________________ From: http://www.allaboutfasting.com/rice-fasting.html A Brown Rice Fast
as it is more warming than other types of fasts. Though in both cases we were admonished to try to only eat the smaller portion if possible. Alternatively. I first heard of it during a stay at the Kripalu Center for Holistic Health back in 1985. A brown rice fast is a gentler method of fasting and can be very soothing A brown rice fast can be more stabilizing than other types of fasts. the two fasting styles would deliver the same benefits. The clarity in our meditations would improve. All of that proved to be true. mentally and spiritually. if we generally felt light and spacey. While I chose the orange fruit fast that day. metabolizing and delivering energy-giving sugars slowly. Actually. is comprised of simple sugars. Our flexibility in our yoga sessions would improve. I was taking a month-long course that was offered as an overview to a variety of holistic and spiritual practices. Just that little bit of effort. more quickly metabolized. more heavy and analytical. She always said she felt better and wished she would rice fast more often. A brown rice fast can alleviate many digestive troubles My more recent experience with rice fasting comes from a girlfriend who had a lot of digestive upset. Otherwise. The cleansing and detoxing of accumulated wastes stored in our bodies would begin. we should do the orange fast. When her symptoms were most acting up. specifically. Fasting in cold climates or in the winter can be made easier and more comfortable if done with brown rice. 3 meals per day. we were told. for 3 meals per day. she would eat nothing but brown rice all day on a Saturday. Irritable bowel syndrome. just that much rest for her digestive system. the problem. We could have 1-2 cups of rice per meal. ungrounded. While it is a milder form of fasting. She felt certain that would become a lengthy. was a one-day brown rice fast. as a fruit fast would aid in lightening us emotionally. but she never allowed the doctor to do all the testing necessary to identify and label. on the other hand. expensive process possibly ending with a still unclear prognosis. and ulcers were all considered possible culprits. especially on the colder days. So. we fasted for three days. We (a class of about 25) were given the choice between a brown rice fast and a fruit fast. What she found helpful instead.Yes. allergies. Or we could eat 1-2 fresh oranges per meal. over time.
. it was enough to alleviate her most acute symptoms. it offers the same benefits all fasting methods offer and has its own unique advantages. Their experiences were just as wonderful and expansive as those of us on fruit. To help us with this decision we were told that if we typically felt very grounded in our lives. and can lead to highs and lows in some people. those of us on fruit envied the rice fasters their warm bowls of "solid food" at mealtime. to allow our feet to come up off the ground. you can fast on rice! A brown rice fast is actually an ancient practice dating back thousands of years. diagnose. diverticulitis. Among those was the practice of fasting as an adjunct to Conscious Eating as a life choice and spiritual discipline. But a brown rice fast can feel very calming and soothing. was enough to rebalance her. on oranges. that a brown rice fast would be more grounding and warming. felt unconnected. Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate. this was a hands-on course. Fruit. that whatever it was could likely be managed through diet. lost and confused. found it difficult to dream dreams of fancy. But they didn't just talk about fasting. many in our class chose the brown rice fast. while she knew too.
When you're fasting. such as seaweed or miso. in her book Food and Healing. Quinoa (pronounced keenwa). Michio Kushi. on one food. as it is deemed acceptable for all three doshas. Also. this soak is shown to improve nutritional value and benefits. keeping to moderation as much as possible. The newest research is showing that most grains really should be soaked or fermented before cooking. like water. and may also be considered a cleansing diet. not to mention. it will be much more comfortable. There are some professionals who feel it is better to fast in a way that does not produce extreme symptoms--that the extreme symptoms can indicate a too quick release of toxins into the bloodstream. if one is concerned about acid foods. While you will detox. Westerners already consume a disproportionate amount of wheat. claimed that a strict brown rice diet conferred spiritual enlightenment on the adherent. and buckwheat groats (not a wheat product) are all considered alkaline foods. balancing the more acidic rice with alkaline foods.In contrast to a water fast which can cause extreme symptoms of discomfort due to its intense detoxifying. These professionals suggest using mild fasting methods and/or cleansing diets to detox more slowly and gradually. A later proponent of the macrobiotic diet. a brown rice fast is milder and much more gentle. In grains. According to Vasant Lad. * Only use a whole grain! Ayurveda recommends brown basmati rice as the most balanced rice. and cleansing in nature. She suggests. proposed a strict brown rice diet as a cleansing regimen for the sick. it becomes all the more important to maintain the highest quality possible in that one food. you can fast on kitchari for up to 5 days. It is said to be nourishing and balanced.000 year-old art of health and healing) is a proponent of the brown rice fast in the form of the dish called Kitchari. Notes on a brown rice fast: * Plan on 3-6 cups of rice per day. in The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies. Traditional Ayurveda (the 5. Soaking grains for the best nutritional value Our modern methods of cooking grains are insufficient at making the nutrients bioavailable to us. It is interesting to note that brown rice is considered by many Asians to be the "perfect" food. This is very similar to the process we use in soaking beans overnight before cooking. This would most specifically apply to older and more frail individuals. millet. It is best not to use wheat due to the prevalence of undiagnosed wheat and/or gluten allergies. here). There are as many recipes for kitchari as there are cooks--think of the number of recipes for "chili" in America--but for fasting. juice or fruit fasts. you can fast on other grains. It combines mung beans with the most balanced of the rice types: basmati. reports good results from a brown rice fast in those coming off of sugar and recreational drugs.
. and therefore cleansing. as they believe it to have a perfect balance of yin and yang energies. This type of fast is sometimes called a "kitchari cleanse". due to its mild nature. use a basic kitchari recipe (Learn more about kitchari. This may only be an issue on fasts of longer duration--more than 5 days. George Ohsawa. however. The founder of the macrobiotic diet system. The many proponents of a brown rice fast Annemarie Colbin. easily digested. Kitchari can also be used in the process of breaking other fasts. creating an intense burden on the body. including some recipes.
* Coming off a fast requires special attention as well. You can also add a strip of sea vegetable to your cooking rice or a small amount of miso to the cooked rice for the same effect. that's ok. The longer and/or more intense the fast. the more days of preparation you should make. even helpful. or covered. but it isn't necessary. At Kripalu we were allowed a bit of gomasio--salted sesame seeds. in the laxative section) to a glass of water. * Plan for a light workload during a fast. Walking and yoga are particularly well-suited to fasting. Start with juice or vegetable broth. but save the more strenuous workouts for another time. Do so slowly. in a toaster oven. Fresh squeezed lemon may be added to your water. The length of preparation is based on the intensity and length of your planned fast. You can add the psyllium cleanse to your routine by adding 1-2 tablespoons of psyllium husks (available in most pharmacies. The bowels will move when you resume intake of regular foods. you can just eat a light dinner the night before. Resist the temptation to reheat it in the microwave (see here for why). Be sure to drink plenty of water with psyllium as the package will tell you. the more this is acceptable. For all fasts: * Prepare for a fast by eating fewer and lighter meals for a couple days prior. as it not only imparts a bit of flavor. the length and intensity of the fast performed will dictate how many days you take to re-acclimate your body to regular eating. This goes for other caffeinated beverages. * A bit of sea salt on your rice is ok. If the bowels don't move for the duration of your fast. Again. * Get plenty of rest--allow yourself naps during the day whenever you feel the need. * You can make a big pot of brown rice or other grain in the morning from which to eat all day. that would be best. * Drink at least 2 quarts of water.* Be sure it is cooked thoroughly. eating normal foods on the fourth day. And for easier digestibility and greater nutrients. soak brown rice for at least 7 hours before cooking. three days of easing back in is often recommended. Do this one or two times per day. Sesame seeds are full of calcium. easing back into regular foods (but making better choices about which foods!). but will contribute living beneficial enzymes. See here for information on soaking rice. Moderate exercise is ok. then add raw fruit and vegies. The higher the quality of your sea salt. * As a special treat. then properly cooked whole grains. Psyllium is a natural fiber laxative that is excellent for cleansing the intestines. as well. To prepare basic soaked brown rice:
. * Many recommend enemas during any kind of fast. * A bit of cayenne pepper on your rice can be warming. steam it with a vegetable steamer on the stovetop. For a 10-day fast. use a piece of your best fine china (the stuff you hardly ever get to enjoy) during your fast. * If you're a coffee drinker. Don't overdo. or in a lidded skillet on low with a little added water. and thus alkalizing. wean yourself off and you'll avoid the withdrawal headache. etc. For a one day fast. but instead. If you can get organically-grown psyllium from your health food store.
You might use ghee. Bring to a boil and remove any scum. Add 1 teaspoon sea salt and reduce heat to the lowest setting. Fallon's recipe calls for the addition of 2-4 tablespoons of butter at the same time as adding the salt. Maybe Pysche or Laura have a better guide for this. You do get a bit tired and I often have headaches. and up to 24 hours. I prefer to enter it slowly. and in the evening a normal meal. from which the milk solids have been removed. 12:19:48 PM » I can definitely recommend this diet. I was just thinking about doing this diet again. 12:31:51 PM by Laura » Offline Ailén Administrator ******** Posts: 2. the oldest-known book of Chinese medicine and the foundation of the macrobiotic diet (see Macrobiotic page for more details) is
. Once you've done this. specially if you cut off all caffeinated drinks. since you are trying to let your organism rest. it's your choice as to whether you want to use the butter or not. but not mushy. But the most important thing is to break it slowly! Otherwise your body feels attacked and you may lose all the benefits from the diet. And now that we know all the properties of brown rice. When fasting. not "Alien". aka clarified butter. 2010. People with sensitive digestive systems will notice the gentler feel of this grain. but there are theories that the body needs a fat to get rid of fat-soluble toxins. Let soak at least 7 hours. I found it much better and easier to do. it seems like the idea food to take for cleansing. It is easier than any other "mono-diet". I've done it several times throughout the last 7 years. This will create a slightly softer finished grain. Brown Rice Fast The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. which is not possible when you do a total fast. I do that quite often when I feel low in energy or if I have any stomach ache after eating something inflammatory. 2010.2 cups rice 4 cups warm water 4 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice Place all in your cooking vessel. but when I first did the rice one. But not that bad that you can't solve that with our wonderful breathing and meditation program! . eating only one type of food really helps.) Coincidentally. so that it is not too shocking for the organism.254 Spelled A-I-L-E-N (read "eye-len"). you can have a rice-only day and feel better. It is much easier on the system. She says the vitamins A and D in butter help us absorb the vitamins and minerals found in grains. but I would imagine that taking vit C. Or even just half a day helps. Yesterday I only had rice for most of the day. Cover tightly and cook for 45 minutes without removing the lid. In any case. I used to do carrots or apples. magnesium and Alpha Lipoic Acid would be the minimum required. But I prefer to go easy on them. That good thing about a diet like this is that you don't have to cut on your supplements. I don't know which supplements are most important. « Last Edit: October 25. I would also recommend coffee enemas while doing it. because you are hardly even hungry. you'll see that at least once a month.-) Señales de los Tiempos Re: Brown Rice for better health « Reply #5 on: January 03.
says the Classic. Grains have a special importance and power as human food. Remove pressure cooker from flame and let sit for 5 min. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 min.based on the yin-yang principle. reactions may vary from severe to mild to none at all. Recipe for pressure-cooked brown rice: 1/2 teaspoon good sea salt to 4 cups of short grain brown rice (organic if possible) and 8 cups of pure water. here is the recipe for it: If the twigs you have are not already roasted." A ten-day brown rice fast may be too severe for those who have not already practiced the macrobiotic diet for some time. You can follow this with a couple of days of rice and vegetables with a light miso soup as the body gently comes off the rice fast and adapts to a greater variety of vegetarian foods. know the body's signs of yin and yang. If the emotions and the will of the patient are stable.' In particular. usually prescribing a regime of rice gruel (short grain brown rice) for ten days. Kotzsch writes in Macrobiotics: Yesterday and Today that The Yellow Emperor's Classic "asserts that food is an important means for treating disease. When tea is finished steeping. if this is part of your regular diet. Such a fast is not recommended unless you get good macrobiotic counselling. Twigs can be reused a few times. use 1-2 teaspoons of salt per pot according to personal taste and need. Bancha twig tea (also called kukicha) can usually be bought in tea bags at a health food store. adding some new twigs each time. remove twigs from the tea and let them dry. It is wise to wait a week or more after the rice fast before eating fish. rice is mentioned as a vital and harmonious food. Eat as much pressure-cooked brown rice as you want. and know how to break the fast. If you can only get the loose twigs. For more on Macrobiotics.
. you can try a rice fast for one or two days. bring to a boil. Water and grains are the root of life and 'death comes only when they are exhausted. Ronald E. go to the Macrobiotics page. and know when to stop. Add water and bring to a boil. you should roast them in a dry skillet for 3-4 min. Acupuncture and moxibustion were employed only as a last resort. or back to the Detox and Fasting section of the Wholesome Diet page. Instead. For regular daily use of brown rice when not fasting. proceed with caution. Put flame deflector under cooker and cook for 40 min. be well informed. without opening. If this treatment was not successful. Because of the past diets people have been on. the easier you should make the transition. for stronger tea. It describes a ten-day rice gruel fast as the first remedy for disease. then cereals alone can effect a cure. Add salt and place cover on pressure cooker. Wash rice and put in pressure cooker. then remove rice from the pot so it doesn't keep cooking. Go easy. or 10-15 min. It says that in `medieval days' the sages treated illness first by diet. Place 1-2 tablespoons bancha twigs in a pot with 4 cups of pure water. Bring cooker up to pressure then reduce flame to medium-low. then the roots and leaves of medicinal plants were used to harmonize the energies. The longer the rice fast..