Friday, January 14, 2022
[Advertising] Today is cleaning day. No food, no massage. I have to drink a nasty brown liquid with grease drops that has something of a hemlock cup to it. At least that’s how I feel. After all I’m drinking myself into a diarrhea – it’s part of the cleanse. The doctor explains it to me like this: Due to the treatment of the last few days, all kinds of negative substances, especially the excess of Pitta, have collected in the intestines, which now have to be expelled. I prefer not to write „toxins“ or „waste products“, because they do not exist nutritionally. Or maybe they do?
Naturopathy is based on experience
Naturopathy has its own truth. The treatment is also to eliminate the Pitta imbalance. I am not allowed to go into the sun, should drink liters of warm water and rather stay near the toilet. Nevertheless, we go for a secret walk on the beach first. Where I get so nauseous that we prefer to make our way home. Here, too, there is a strict regimen and close supervision by the doctor, who appears with herbal tea to get the cleansing going and later with rice soup to build us up and see if we are still alive. Anyway, all the herbs result in me having zero hunger or appetite. I wonder if that’s the result of the bitter substances. In any case, perfect for the fasting day.
The meals themselves are already medicine
Already during my first visit to Barberyn Reef I quickly realized that I cannot simply learn to cook Ayurvedic here. Too many ingredients that are not available at home, more elaborate with all the different dishes and toppings than a German menu. But first things first. The dining room is a space open on all sides with a high ceiling and a beautiful polished screed floor that has acquired a shimmering patina through regular waxing, of which more later.
We have requested „Restricted Diet“ because we want to get rid of the Christmas pounds. In the morning and at noon there is buffet. And at each dish there is a sign – what it is, whether it is taboo for diabetes, resticted diet or Shirodara. The selection is overwhelming and vegan. There are very few western ingredients like bread, cheese and butter. But these are all wholesome and forbidden in diets anyway. For breakfast there is of course herbal tea and soup. After that I could eat curries. But I limit myself to fruits, carved and arranged as desired. Pure luxury: papaya, mango, passion fruit and guava are my favorites.
The buffet at noon is even more opulent. But honestly: The curries are hardly distinguishable from each other. It’s good that the name and often the raw vegetable itself with its effect is in front of each „Shaving Dish“. Almost like my recipes. The dishes are rarely spicy. I don’t know if that is Ayurvedic or means a concession to western taste. But you can mix spicy toppings yourself. A concession is certainly a little raw food – I’m happy about that. In the evening there is a 4-course menu – decoratively arranged and shaped. Rarely have I become full in such an easy way. I don’t feel weighed down at all, but completely satisfied. Is this the effect of the bitter substances? Ever since I started looking into it, I’ve been paying attention. And indeed, not only Ayurvdic medicine is bitter – most vegetables have a bitter note as well. At this buffet, it’s hard to eat too much. Only in the dessert section there are a few hammers. But those are taboo for me anyway. Instead of coffee, there are herbal teas – sometimes black tea in the afternoon, even with milk, which suddenly tastes incredibly good to me. Because coffee is out. Which gave me a constant headache for the first two days, because I’m a notorious coffee addict. But I don’t miss alcohol for a second. Not even the „Sundowner“ at the incredibly beautiful sunsets! Maybe it matters that the environment and food is so completely different.
You want to know more about my stay? Here it goes to day 3!