14.6 Diet Information
for Balancing Humors
14.6.2 Antitoxic diet
An antitoxic diet is one that should be used if your tongue is coated with a film, or if you exhibit other signs to toxic accumulation in the body. This diet consists of light whole grains, steamed veggies, and pure water. Fruit can be taken in between meals, or alone for breakfast. In this diet fruit cannot be eaten with other foods. Foods should not be mixed very much; in other words, do not steam five kinds of veggies together at the same time, have three different grains, salad, fruit juice, and dessert. While this is fine for a normal diet, it has nothing to do with detoxifying the body. Keep the meals simple and nourishing. All dairy products should be avoided along with meat and fish Chicken soup may be taken if you feel you will die without meat. Food must be fresh and prepared by you or your family. Use this diet for one or two weeks.
Basmati rice, barley, and quinoa are very good grains to use. Veggies can be chosen from the lists below according to your constitution. Water is the best thing to drink to purify the body however, herbal teas can be taken also. Warming teas are good for vata and kapha, and cooling teas are good for pitta. Flower teas are usually cooling, aromatic leaves are often heating root can be either. Good reference for the best teas are found in The Yoga of Herbs and The Ayurvedic Cookbook.2 Complete food lists can be found in book written by the students of Dr. Vasant Lad or directly from his Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico.