EATING MONO MEALS
A "mono meal" is simply when you eat one type of food at a time, and you don't do any kind of food combining.
Eating nothing but watermelon for breakfast.
Eating nothing but bananas for lunch.
Eating nothing but pineapples for dinner.
For people who are used to eating meals that have a lot of different ingredients in them, and that require a lot of 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. THEY ARE THE EASIEST MEALS TO DIGEST
Even some of the most common things that people are eating today are made with food combinations that are incredbily difficult to digest.
Many pastries in America are made with eggs, milk, butter, flour, sugar, salt and yeast, and when these ingredients are combined they become a glue-like substance that is very difficult to digest. (Don't forget that the word "gluten" is "Latin" for "glue", and the word "pastries" literally means "paste-like products".)
And if you make yourself a simple bologna and cheese sandwich, you might think of it as only having a few ingredients, but if you look at the actual ingredient lists for the bread, the bologna, and the cheese, you will likely find that there are actually dozens of different ingredients in that "simple sandwich".
Believe me when I say that eating a bowl of grapes instead will be a lot easier on your digestion, and over time you will start to enjoy the lighter and smoother feeling that you get after eating "mono meals".
2. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW FOR SURE HOW YOUR BODY REACTS TO CERTAIN FOODS
Below is a list of the top 12 foods that people are allergic to, and what's crazy about this, is that it sometimes takes people years just to figure out that they are allergic to one of these foods, because anytime they eat the food that they are allergic to, they will eat it with other things, and therefore it is difficult for them to figure out exactly what keeps making them sick.
THE TOP 12 FOODS THAT PEOPLE ARE ALLERGIC TO
8. Tree Nuts
If truly want to know how you react to a certain food, eat it as a "mono meal" and you will have your answer.
3. IT'S THE MOST SIMPLE WAY TO EAT
- I started eating raw foods because I wanted to eat more "naturally".
- I started eating vegan foods because I wanted to eat more "ethically".
- I started eating mono meals because I wanted to eat more "simply".
"Natural", "Ethical", & "Simple" are the 3 qualities that we should strive for, not just in diet, but in life itself.
If eating "mono meals" seems like a radical idea to you, keep in mind that this is how the other species on this planet naturally eat.
For example, bears will eat fish, and they will also eat honey, but a bear will never catch a fish and dip it into honey before eating it. (When a bear finds honey it will simply feast on honey, and during the time of the year when the salmon run upstream, bears will simply feast on salmon.)
4. IT FORCES YOU TO EAT BETTER QUALITY FOODS
It's easy to settle for fruits and vegetables that aren't the best quality when they are mixed together with lots of other ingredients, or when they have artificial flavorings or spices added to them so that their true taste is disguised.
But if you are going to eat "mono meals", once you attempt to eat a meal of nothing but bananas that aren't ripe yet, or nothing but apples that are covered in wax, or nothing but tomatoes that taste like cardboard, you will never want to have that experience again, and you will go out of your way to seek out better quality foods to nourish yourself with.
5. IT WILL BE A LOT HARDER TO OVEREAT
If you only eat one type of food at a time, and you chew it slowly and focus on the taste and texture of what you are eating, your body will clearly let you know when it is time to stop eating, and it will be almost impossible for you to over-eat, because once you have had enough, your taste buds will literally change so that what you are eating will no longer taste good.
For example, avocados are high in fat, and if I eat one avocado by itself, it will taste like cheese and I will enjoy eating it, but if I then try to eat a second avocado, the second one will taste more like butter to me, and even if you are someone who likes putting butter on things, you probably wouldn't want to eat a stick of butter as a "mono meal".
So if I eat avocados by themself, my body will clearly let me know when "enough is enough", but if I instead mash the avocados up and mix them up with other ingredients and spices to make "guacamole", and then I eat the guacamole with a bag of salty corn chips, I could probably eat several avocados before I started to lose my appetite.
Different foods digest differently, and when we consume a lot of different foods at the same time, it creates a lot of internal confusion, which results in there being a delay in the time that it takes for us to get the internal message that it's time to stop eating.
6. GREATER APPRECIATION FOR NATURE
I don't know what to believe in when it comes to God or spirituality, but what I do know, is that when I am eating a really good "mono meal" of natural food (like a really sweet and juicy watermelon 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 the best way to say "Thank you" to "Mother Nature" is to simply start appreciating and respecting her more.