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Shri Ekadashi and Chaturmasya Guidelines
The essence is to eat simply, once or twice, so that one can spend as much time as possible in spiritual activities.
Foods That Can be Taken All Days of the Year,
Including Ekadashi and Caturmasya:
All Fruits (Fresh and Dried)
All Nuts and Oils Made from Nuts
Squash (But No Loki)
Pure Milk & Yogurt During Caturmasya
Sweets with Starches on Ekadashi
Spices That May Be Used on Ekadashi:
Spices NOT Used on Ekadashi:
Foods Restricted During Ekadashi:
All Types of Beans - including products made from beans
(Papadams, Tofu, Tempeh, Grain Beverages, etc.)
Indian Vegetables retricted during Ekadashi:
Karela (Bitter Lemon)
Okra (Lady Fingers)
All Leafy Vegetables are restricted:
- Like Parsley, Curry Leaves, Neem Leaves, etc.
All Types of Dahl
All Types of Flour Made from Grains and Beans
- Like Rice Flour, Chickpea Flour, Urad Dahl Flour, etc.
Starches from Corn restricted:
Grains and Products Made from and Mixed with these Starches
- Like Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Certain Soft Drinks, Custard, Certain Yogurts, Puddings, Cream Cheese, Sweets, Candies and Tapioca.
Oils made from Grains restricited:
Corn Oil Mustard Oil Sesame Oil etc.
And Products Fried in These Oils: - Like Nuts, Potato Chips, and Certain Snack Foods.
Carrots (Best if avoided)
...or products thereof.
Shaving Head and Cutting Nails is done on Full Moon Days.
Breaking an Ekadashi Fast
If you have observed a complete fast (without even water), you do not need to break it with grains. You can break it with caranamrita or fruit.
If you have observed Ekadashi by eating fruit and vegetables etc., then it should be broken the following day by taking grains at the time specified in the Vaishnava Calendar.
Mahadvadasi is observed like Ekadashi.