DAY 3: REST & RESTORE
Today’s theme is REST & RESTORE.
- Routine: Early To Rise
- Recipe: Mung Dal
- Ritual: Self-Massage
Watch the video for today’s guided meditation.
Routine: Early to Rise
After a quiet and early night (Days 1 & 2), hopefully waking early today isn’t so difficult. Plan to rise anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes early.
This creates a pocket of time for you to spend a little more time with yourself during the most peaceful time of the day when the energy is light and pure.
Take the time to make yourself breakfast and revisit any recipes or rituals you’ve enjoyed so far – or simply just sit and enjoy the quiet.
Recipe: Mung Dal
Lunch and/or Dinner
Make a pot of mung dal, a soothing stew of yellow mung beans and greens that is easy on digestion, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory. It’s the perfect meal for a restful, cleansing diet. Enjoy it for lunch or dinner. You should have leftovers for tomorrow, enjoy!
- 1 cup split mung beans
- 2 cups water or broth (for pressure cooker) or 3 cups for stove-top
- 3 teaspoons grated ginger root
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon each ground coriander and ground cumin
- Handful chopped greens of your choice (kale, swiss chard, etc.)
- 1 Tablespoons Ghee
- 1 teaspoon Soma Salt (optional)
Optional garnishes and additions:
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Coconut milk instead of water (great for Pitta, good for Vata, but not so good for Kapha)
- Lemon juice (for Vata and Kapha Types)
- Lime juice (for Pitta Types)
Rinse Mung beans and soak overnight. Drain and rinse before using.
- In a medium saucepan warm the ghee. Add spices and sauté until aromatic (about a minute or less).
- Add soaked and rinsed mung dal, stir well to combine.
- Add 3 cups of water or broth and salt, stir again.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer.
- Cover with a lid and cook until tender (approx. 30 minutes); stirring occasionally.
- Add greens and replace the lid.
- Enjoy alone as a soup or pour over rice and vegetables.
Instant Pot Instructions:
- Use the Saute function for Step 1.
Add beans, water, salt, and seal the lid.
- Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
- Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes.
- Add greens on top and reseal until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve, stir in greens, garnish and enjoy!
As part of your bedtime routine, try abhyanga. For all body types, I like Banyan Botanican’s Daily Massage Oil. Make sure to warm it a little before applying it to your body. If you know your Ayurvedic constitution you can use massage oil for Vata, Pitta, or Kapha from Banyan Botanicals.
- Simple instructions for self-massage
- Put some of the oil in a small glass bottle with a lid. To warm the oil, place the bottle in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes or so.
- Apply a thin coating of oil all over your body including your face and head.
- Massage the oil into your skin using long sweeping strokes on long bones and circular strokes around joints.
- Throw on a robe and allow the oil to sink in for 10 minutes or so before taking a shower or bath, or gently pat yourself dry before you dress if there’s excess oil.
- While you’re waiting, you can listen to a guided meditation or relaxing music. Or do other self-care routines like brushing, flossing, etc.
Take some time to jot down a few thoughts or use the prompts in the journal
Congrats, you made it! I’ll check with you tomorrow to see how you’re feeling.
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