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 and that require a lot of 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 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, 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, due to the fact that 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
By eating mono meals, you can quickly figure out which foods cause you to feel sick afterwards, as well as which foods cause you to feel amazing afterwards!
2. EASIER DIGESTION
Even some of the most common things that people eat today are made with food combinations that are incredibly difficult to digest.
Many pastries in America are made with eggs, milk, butter, flour, sugar, salt and yeast, and when all of these ingredients are combined, they become a glue-like substance that is difficult to digest. (Don't forget that the word "gluten" is "Latin" for "glue", and that the word "pastries" literally means "paste-like products".)
And if you make yourself a simple sandwich with bread, bologna, and cheese, you might think of it as only having a few ingredients, but if you look at the actual ingredient lists on 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".
3. IT'S HOW THE OTHER SPECIES 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 virtually all of the other species on the planet eats.
For example, bears will eat fish, and bears will also eat honey, but a bear will never catch a fish and dip it into honey before eating it. (When bears find honey they 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 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 by altering your tastebuds.
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 try to eat two avocados, 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 by itself as a "mono meal".
So if I eat avocados as a "mono meal", my body will clearly let me know that one is enough, but if I mash up a bunch of avocados and make "guacamole", and then I eat the guacamole with a bag of salty corn chips, I could probably eat 3 or 4 avocados before they stopped tasting good to me.
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.
So if you have trouble overindulging in certain foods, try eating them completely mono and see if this doesn't result in you feeling satisfied a lot quicker.
5. IT FORCES YOU TO EAT BETTER QUALITY FOODS
It's easy to settle for foods that aren't the best quality when they are mixed together with lots of other ingredients or have artificial flavors added to them.
But once you attempt to eat a meal of nothing but unripe bananas, or nothing but tomatoes that taste like cardboard, you will never want to have that experience again, and you will naturally start seeking out better quality foods to nourish yourself with.
And once you start finding and experiencing better quality foods, you will find yourself in a state of child-like wonder over how amazing something as simple as a bowl of blueberries can be...
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 whenever I'm eating a really good "mono meal" (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 I believe that the best way to say, "Thank you" to "Mother Nature" is to simply start appreciating and respecting her more.