The Hot Belly Diet is grounded in the Ayurvedic lifestyle via a highly practical and mainstreamed approach with lessons from the latest scientific research. At the heart of Ayurveda’s core principles is the idea that within each and every one there is the capacity to live happy, balanced lives free of pain and disease.
According to Ayurveda, health is the ultimate form of enlightenment, which can begin now with your diet. Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit words ayus (“life”) and veda (“knowledge”) or life knowledge. The Vedas, or books of wisdom are at least 5000 years old and are respected as some of our oldest literature.
At the heart of Ayurveda is what's called "agni." Agni is your digestive fire or the part of the diet that is being referred to as "hot." There are thirteen agnis in Ayurveda that rule over the metabolic functions. At the other end of agni is a toxic residue called ama. When the digestive system is sluggish and inefficient ama residue builds up in the digestive system. In Ayurveda, it is believed that ama is the root cause of disease. The build up of ama gradually breaks down the body.
Further when the intestinal sludge ama piles up, it is believed to plug up blood vessel flow and the interactions between hormones. Also, according to Ayurveda, ama can also be responsible for an inadequate emotional well-being.
According to the author, Kshirsagar states that you may lose 8-10 pounds within the first 30 days of The Hot Belly Diet.
The diet follows three phases: 1) prepare, 2) accelerate and 3) transform. Optionally, before phase one of The Hot Belly Diet, it is highly recommended that you partake in a bowel cleansing done with castor oil and orange juice. The cleansing is believed to prep and boost the metabolism.
During the phase one period you make several adjustments to your diet. You’ll cut our refined flours, processed carbs and some starches. Starches to remove are corn, squash, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips, beets and turnips. Next, “diet foods,” “low fat,” “light,” and “sugar free” products need to be removed. Eliminate red meat and full-fat dairy. Cut nix white sugar and artificial sweeteners, including Truvia and Splenda. Alcohol also needs to be reduced along with calories from sugary beverages (juices included) not just soda.
1. Refined flours, including baking and pastry flours and whole grain varieties
4. White Rice
7. Baked goods
10. Yams, potatoes, sweet potatoes
15. Pizza dough
18. Sugary Snacks
20. Energy bars
21. Cow’s Milk
22. Cheese (including processed cheese spreads)
23. Ice cream/frozen yogurt/sherbet/sorbet
25. Ketchup and other condiments with sugar
26. Fried foods
27. Sugar (white and brown), corn syrup, artificial sweeteners
28. Juices, sports/energy drinks, soft drinks/soda
30. Diet foods (products labeled as “fat free,” “low fat,” “light,” “gluten free”
31. Processed foods made with soy (i.e. soy cheese, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, soy nuggets, soy ice cream, soy yogurt).
32. Margarine, vegetable shortening, and any commercial brand of cooking oil (soybean, corn, cottonseed, canola, peanut, safflower, grape-seed, sunflower, rice bran, and wheat germ oils)
1. Almond milk (unsweetened)
2. Rice milk (unsweetened)
3. Low-fat, low-sugar yogurt (Greek style is best) or kefir
4. Mung beans
6. Basmati, brown, and wild rice
9. Oatmeal (avoid instant varieties; steel-cut is best)
10. Ground flaxseed
11. Shelled hemp seeds
12. Pumpkin seeds
13. Chia seeds
14. Raw sesame and sunflower seeds
15. Cashews, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, and macadamia nuts
16. Fresh berries (all types; flash-frozen are fine)
17. Leafy greens: lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, arugula, turnip greens, leeks, parsley
18. Cleansing vegetables: cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, onions, mushrooms, celery, bok choy, garlic, green beans, green peas, okra, scallions, cabbage, kale, fennel, radishes, watercress
19. Herbs and spices: You can use these liberally, but be sure to include cilantro, curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom, as these are essential ingredients to some of the dishes designed to stir your agni and melt away the ama.
20. Lean proteins
21. Fish (opt for wild-caught when possible): salmon, black cod, mahimahi, grouper, herring, trout, flounder, sole, tilapia, shrimp, crab
22. Poultry: chicken, turkey
26. Cream free soups, stews, and broths (as long as they are not loaded up with salt, sugar, and artificial ingredients)
27. Low-sugar fruits and veggies: apples, berries, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, peaches, nectarines, plums, kiwi, grapes, avocados, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, lemons, limes
30. Extra-virgin olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil cooking spray
31. Ghee (a traditional Indian preparation of clarified butter that’s readily found in supermarkets today)
32. Flaxseed oil
33. Sesame oil
Everyday of the diet there is a prescribed drink. It is a green tea drink with other key ingredients that is a delicious “live detox.” How to make the drink is contained within the book., “The Hot Belly Diet.”
Breakfast: Superfood Smoothie (recipe in book); or a bowl (one-serving) of steel-cut oatmeal made with water and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, topped with a small handful of raw walnuts or almonds and 0.25 cup fresh berries; or an egg-veggie scramble made with 2 eggs plus 1 egg white and leafy greens, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
Lunch: Midday Khichadi pronounced kich-ah-ree (recipe in book).
Dinner: Suppertime Khichadi; or Superfood smoothie; or a bowl of meat-free, non-creamy soup with a side of steamed cleansing vegetables.
During phase 2 (accelerate), the Ayurvedic approach to accelerate the metabolism encompasses deepana ("bioactivator"), and Pachana ("bioaccelerator"). These two words embody the goal of stimulating the appetite and preparation for the extraction of nutrients efficiency and gainfully once food arrives in the digestive tract.
After each meal everyday on the diet it is suggested that you walk for at least 20 minutes. If you are more accustomed to rigorous physical exercise you can keep doing that as well but during phase 2 of the diet rigorous physical exercise is not recommended. Rigorous exercise is not recommended during phase 2 because this is the purging phase.
During phase 2 yoga is encouraged. If you can, try to practice two to three times per week. Yoga can be as convenient as sitting in front of the television or computer using a video. In Sanskirt, yoga means "union" or "yoke," referring to the union of the mind and body.
By phase 3, hopefully you'll have a weekly workout schedule that looks like this:
Monday: Thirty minutes of formal cardio work
Tuesday: Yoga class
Wednesday: Thirty minutes of formal cardio work
Thursday: Yoga class
Friday: Thirty minutes formal cardio work
Saturday/Sunday: Nature days (e.g., a hike in the hills, a bicycle ride, a leisure walk, a walk along the beach, etc.)
Triphala is a herbal formula supplement which is composed of three fruits from the Indian subcontinent: amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. It is used for vitality and is a non-habit forming laxative that can increase or enhance digestion, detoxification and elimination.
Trikatu means three peppers and is used for digestion. It promotes quick absorption of nutrients and clears mucus from the body further enhancing digestion. It is also an anti-inflammatory like triphala and reduces LDL or bad cholesterol. Triphala is available from amazon.
Phase 3 lasts a short amount of time. During phase 3 you change just one meal per day while eating the same thing for the other two meals per day. One meal of the day should be a bowl of khichadi. Lunch should be the heartiest of the meals per day and you should continue to avoid all the foods listed earlier.
The practice of Ayurveda is very interesting. It is about utilizing food as medicine in a holistic manner. The supplements suggested don’t sound to shabby and are known to be safe for long-term use. Khichadi is the main dish of the diet and is known to have a detoxifying effect on the body. Khichadi also heals the intestinal lining of the digestive tract. I hope you like the diet.
I think Ayurveda is so interesting that I wouldn't mind having a degree in it but this takes somewhere around 10 years to achieve.