Nine-day cleanse diet from Yogananda

Posted by: Ian
at 05/13/2006, 13:27:52

Galina's fasting topic reminded me of the Paramahansa Yogananda 9 day cleanse I have done a few times over the years. He called it a method for, "rejuvenating the body cells and and awakening the latent powers of the mind and inner forces of the soul." Swami Kriyananda of the Ananda organisation released the written notes of this diet a few years back.

Food for one whole day consists of:
- 1 1/2 grapefruit
- 1 1/2 lemons
- 5 oranges
- 1 and only 1 type of cooked vegetable with its juice (quantity optional, potatoes can make you feel heavy if you choose them that day)You might perhaps choose green beans one day and perhaps cabbage the next etc.
- 1 raw vegetable salad
- 1 glass of orange juice with 1/2 tsp. senna leaves or Swiss Kriss as a natural alaxative - later increased to 1 tsp.
- 3 cups of what he called 'Vitallity beverage (one cup at each meal - is essential to allow the cleansing aspect to take place) recipe follows

- 2 stalks chopped celery
- 5 carrots (chopped) including part of the stem
- 1 bunch of chopped parsley
- 2 1/2 cups chopped dandelion or turnip greens or spinich
- 5 cups water
No salt or spices at all

The beverage may be prepared in one of two ways
Method 1) Put celery and carrots through a food processor then lightley boil them for 10 minutes. Then add greens and parsley and boil 10 more minutes. Strain through cloth.

Method 2) Use same ingredients but do not cook them. Just strain them after putting them through a food processor ( I used a juicer machine when I did it htis way)

Drink one cup of the beverage (either method) at each of the 3 daily meals. The cooked version produces a bland broth, the raw version , like fresh carrot juice - I like the raw version, also easier to prepare.

The day might go something like this:
Breakfast - grapefruits and beverage
Lunch- salad and beverage
Dinner- single type of steamed vegetable of choice, lemons and beverage
- oranges are eaten throughout the day.

There is a lot of food here for a day, however when I first tried it I made the mistake of doing it in winter and became very, very cold (and irritable and tired!), but next time it was late spring and then summer and so was not a problem.

It really lightened me up and allowed a lovely sensibility to prana to come through. I found it very hard to do mentally but the rewards were worth it.
He recommended regular, all-body sun-baths as well as nightly Epsom-salt baths. The salt baths I have not tried.

Love to all

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