A "Mono Meal" is simply when you eat only 1 type of food and you don't do any kind of food combining. Below are some
common examples of mono eating...
- Eating nothing but watermelon for breakfast.
- Eating nothing but apples for lunch.
- Eating nothing but mangoes for dinner.
- Eating nothing but dates for a whole day.
- Eating nothing but bananas for a whole week.
For people who are used to eating meals that involve a lot of ingredients and fancy food prep the idea of eating nothing
but pineapple might seem bland and boring, but to me the idea of eating all the pineapple that I want is pure heaven,
and while it can be wonderful to eat a meal that your mother spent a lot of time and energy creating for you it can also
be wonderful to eat a meal that mother nature spent a lot of time and energy creating for you...
6 BENEFITS OF EATING MONO MEALS
1. IT'S THE EASIEST MEALS TO DIGEST
Even some of the most basic foods that people eat involve some pretty crazy food combinations that result in digestive
problems after you eat them. To make a loaf of Bread for example you combine things like Eggs, Milk, Butter, Flour,
Sugar, Salt and Yeast, and when all of these foods combine they become a glue like substance that will clog up your
stomach, (Don't forget that the word "Gluten" is Latin for "Glue".) and if you make a simple sandwich using bread,
bologna, cheese, and mayonnaise you may think that you are eating something that only has a few ingredients in it, but
if you read the ingredient lists on each of these ingredients you may be surprised to find that there are actually close to
100 ingredients in that "simple sandwich".
2. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW FOR SURE HOW YOUR BODY REACTS TO CERTAIN FOODS
Below is a list of the most common foods that people are allergic to. What's remarkable about this is the fact that
sometimes it takes people years to figure out that they are allergic to one of these foods because every time they
eat it they eat it with so many other ingredients that it's difficult for them to figure out exactly what keeps making
THE MOST COMMON FOODS THAT PEOPLE ARE ALLERGIC TO
If you wish to take ingredients that you would never want to eat by themselves (even if you were really hungry) such as
garlic, onions, hot peppers, hot sauce, chili powder, beef broth, salt and pepper and put them all in a pot with some pork
and beans and make "chili" out of it that's your choice, but believe me when I say that eating a bowl of nothing but
grapes will be so much easier on your stomach!
3. IT'S THE MOST SIMPLE WAY TO EAT
- I decided to be a vegan because I wanted to eat as ethically as possible.
- I decided to be a raw foodist because I wanted to eat as naturally as possible.
- I decided to eat more mono meals because I wanted to eat as simply as possible.
Ethical, Natural, and Simple, those are the qualities that I want not only in a diet, but in life in general!
Sometimes the most simple things can seem complicated and below is an amusing true story about some mono meals I
enjoyed in the park that really confused a poor jogger...
One day I was sitting on a park bench enjoying some pears and a jogger passing by stopped and asked me what I was
eating. I told him, "Pears." and he looked at me all confused and said, "Just pears?" and I said "Yeah, would you like
some?" and he laughed and said "No thank you." and then continued jogging and as he was jogging away he kept
looking back at me with a confused look as if he couldn't believe that he saw someone eating a meal of just pears. The
next day I was at the park again and I saw the same jogger. This time I was eating a head of lettuce and he came up to
me and said, "What in the world are you eating this time?" When I told him that I was eating lettuce and nothing else he
looked 10 times more confused then he did the day before. I offered him some and he said "No thank you." but this time
he didn't laugh and as he was jogging away he kept looking back at me like he thought that I might be a psycho or
something... Then about a week later I saw the jogger again and this time I was eating grapes and when he saw what I
was eating he came up to me and said, "So are you like a prophet or something???"
4. IT FORCES YOU TO EAT GOOD QUALITY FOODS
It's easy to settle for fruits and vegetables that are low in quality when they are mixed together with a lot of other
ingredients and their true taste is disguised, but when you eat mono meals you have no choice but to seek out better
quality foods because once you eat a meal of nothing but bananas that aren't ripe yet or nothing but tomatoes that taste
like cardboard you will go out of your way to make sure that it never happens again.
When I was a kid I would chew "Grape Flavored Bubble Gum" and drink "Grape Flavored Kool-aid", and even when I got
sick the children's medicine I would take had "Grape Flavoring" in it because I really loved the taste of grape, but looking
back I almost never ate real grapes back then and this is because I thought that the artificial grape flavoring tasted a lot
better than any of the grapes that I had ever eaten, but now that I have tried really good grapes the idea of choosing an
artificially grape flavored food over the real thing is just ludicrous .
5. IT WILL BE A LOT EASIER TO KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME TO STOP EATING
If you only eat 1 type of food and you pay attention to the chewing, the taste, and the texture of what you are eating
your body will clearly let you know when it is no longer hungry and when it is time to stop eating, and it will do this by
causing your taste buds to literally shift in a way that will cause the delicious foods that you are eating to become
tasteless and unappealing, making it almost impossible to overeat, and a perfect example of this is avocados...
Avocados are a fatty fruit and if I sit down and eat 1 avocado it will taste a lot like cheese to me and I will enjoy it, but if I
then try to eat a second avocado the second one will taste more like butter to me and if I force myself to eat all of the
second one it will start to feel like I'm trying to eat a stick of butter. (A clear indication that one avocado was enough and
two is too many for me personally to eat at one time.) But if instead of eating the avocados mono I ate them in the form
of guacamole I could easily eat 3 or 4 avocados before I lose my desire to eat them because the additional (and spicy)
ingredients makes it more difficult for my body to know when enough is enough.
6. GREATER APPRECIATION FOR THE FOODS THAT YOU EAT
I don't know what to believe in when it comes to God and religion, but I do know that when I am eating a really good
mono meal such as a really ripe and juicy watermelon, or a creamy and savory avocado, or a big bowl of blackberries I
feel an intense desire to say "Thank You" to someone or something for what I am enjoying, and I realize now that the
best way to say "Thank You" to nature is to appreciate and take better care of her.
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