Oshawa diet is one of the strictest regimes, but with major benefits such as detoxifying the body, digestion improvement and losing weight. Designed by Dr. George Ohsawa, the diet is based on the consumption of natural shell grains, vegetables and fruits. According to Ohsawa, food can be divided into two categories: foods that increase your Yang energy and foods that increase your Yin energy. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
This diet must be kept for a period of 10 days and it consists 70-90% in cereals (wheat, rice, millet and buckwheat, boiled or baked), and the remaining 10-30% in vegetables. To quench your thirst, you may only drink water and, only in special cases, basil or black tea. This diet can be followed several times a year but you must take a break from one to five days between times.
This diet releases toxins from the body and clears your energy pathways. Immediate effect will be seen in clearing the mind, an improved digestion, regulated hormone secretion and skin cleansing. The main idea is to go for Yang foods.
Here are the Yang foods:
Cereals: rice, millet, wheat, buckwheat
Vegetables: lentils, cabbage, dandelion leaves and root, endive, kohlrabi, leeks, radish, turnip, onion, parsley, soybean, carrot, pumpkin, burdock, watercress.
Seeds: sesame, sunflower, pumpkin
Fruits: strawberries, blackberries, chestnuts, apples, nuts
Here are some healthy recipes which will help you in following this diet:
You need 500 grams of clean wheat , 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 150 ml water. You should also finely ground the wheat (with an electric grinder). Make a dough with water and salt. Allow it to soak for 30 minutes, then bake the “turtle” in a frying pan without any oil on low heat.
Baked: Wheat, buckwheat or millet
You need 300 grams of wheat, buckwheat or millet and 1 teaspoon of coarse salt. Wash the wheat and place it in a pan with water and salt, enough to cover it. Allow the water to evaporate and stir continuously until wheat changes its color and becomes easy to chew.
You need 200 grams whole wheat flour, 400 ml water and a pinch of coarse salt. Place salted water to boil. When it boils, pour the flour and stir until desired consistency is achieved. Then boil the whole thing for another 20-30 minutes.
Rice soup with dumplings of wheat
You need 100 grams whole wheat flour, 100 grams of rice, half a teaspoon of salt and 500 ml of water. Mix the flour with some water and salt to make a dough. Allow to soak for 30 minutes, then make small dumplings and put them in boiling water with salt. Allow to boil 10 minutes, then add rice and simmer for 20 minutes.