As a follower of Lord Krishna, Janmashthami, was a special day for me and my family, and as per the customs the holy day gave me the opportunity to fast. My fast would enable me to only consume fruits and dairy products. Unlike other Gujju people (not naming anyone specific) who have tons of potatoes and Sabu Danna, and say “I’m fasting”.
Fasting once a month has shown to cleanse the body. Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. This is how I did it:
My day began early in the morning at which point I only consumed two warm glasses of water. I had a cup of coffee at noon, followed by an apple for lunch. Then had a pear late in the afternoon followed by a glass of milk in the evening. In between all those meals I drank tonnes of water as it keeps the body hydrated and replenished.
Health alert; Keep snacking on dry fruits throughout the day to keep your metabolism going. If dry fruits aren’t your thing try having the ABC juice. It’s a mixture of an Apple, Beetroot and Carrot…Doesn’t that sound delicious?
In my estimations a great detox wouldn’t be complete without taking care of your body externally.
Cleansing of the face is a great way of looking good and returning that glow you desperately missed. I put myself through a facial sauna for a good five minutes. At home, I have one of those facial sauna machines but for the people who don’t have one, simply boiling water will do the trick.
- Boil around half a liter of water on the stove.
- Tilt your head down so the vapour is evaporating up to your face.
- Put a towel over your head so the vapour doesn’t escape.
(I opted for a facial sauna which opens up the pores on my face, but it is essential to clean your face prior to undergoing the facial sauna, as it makes it easier for the pores to open).
After my refreshing facial sauna, I applied a mixture of tomato and lemon on my face. If you have oily skin, opt for fruits like orange, papaya, pineapple, or tomatoes. Conversely if you have dry skin you can opt for fruits like banana, papaya, or chickoo.
- The mixture of tomato and lemon sat on my face for two minutes, which was followed by a rinse shortly thereafter, due to the lemon which was beginning to sting my face.
- I did a quick two minute facial sauna again so my pores cleared out and washed my face with cold water to close the pores.
Moving on to my hair, it seemed to have gotten a little dry and frizzy due to the monsoon weather and the increase in humidity.
So I prepared a mixture of yogurt and lemon, which I applied directly onto my scalp. Yogurt conditions the hair, and the lemon makes the hair stronger. Apply the mixture to the scalp, and let it sit for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can pass that time by reading a book, watching TV or simply stalking people on Facebook…What!? “I know you all do it”.
Instead of wasting those 20 minutes by doing absolutely nothing but staring at the clock, I decided to give myself a mini pedicure. All you need to do is:
- Soak your feet in a bucket of warm/hot water and some salt for 10 minutes.
- Apply a moisturizer.
- You can go further with cutting or filling your nails followed by painting them with a pretty nail paint. (P.S. neons are in this season)
As you can tell, I’m not a fan of spending thousands of rupees on fruity facials, hair washes, pedicures, or even using high end products. All of this can be done directly in the comfort of your home without breaking the bank at high end salons. I hope you try this out one day, and treat yourself to a nice dessert from all the money you just saved.