Health

Fruit Mono Meals – Give Your Digestion A Break

april 13, 2017

Depending on the season it was very likely for a group of hunters and gatherers to come across a field with apple trees or bushes full of berries. Ripe, sweet and colorful fruit hanging on branches and falling on the floor. All ready to be eaten. I bet they couldn’t stop themselves from gorging on those sweet fruits until they were completely full. Eating one meal, consisting out of one type of fruit.

A lot of the times man would eat one type of food for a meal, because of scarcity and less variety in foods. Nowadays man eats many different ingredients in one meal. At lunch or dinner various types of animal products, plant food, grains, spices and herbs are mixed together to satisfy our taste buds.

It’s not crazy to think that combining all of these foods can make it harder for the body to sort out the different enzymes and digestion times. Food might not digest properly due to the fact that proteins, carbohydrates and fats digest in different ways. As a result it may be causing you heart burn, lethargy, upset stomach and various intestine problems.

Before you continue making your 23 ingredient breakfast smoothie, take a moment and learn more about what fruit mono meal is and what it can do for you!

What is a mono meal?

A mono meal consists out of one type of food. Foods are not combined together in a mono meal and so one type of food is eaten until satiated. For example somebody eating a mono meal eats only bananas for breakfast or only apples for lunch as a complete meal.

Why I recommend eating fruit mono meals?

If you ever eaten a fully ripen piece of fruit, you might have noticed how sweet it was. We humans are drawn to sweet things. So eating high amounts of ripe fruit won’t be only satisfying for us mentally, but it would be very beneficial for our health too.

Fruits are high in water, fiber and nutrients. They are easy to digest and aren’t heavy on the stomach. Fruits give you energy without making you feel like you need to take a nap after eating them. They are also very easy to prepare and eat. Just wash, cut or peel and take a bite.

Benefits of eating fruit mono meals

Simplicity.

In today’s world we are constantly thinking about what our next meal is going to be. You can take a break from constantly thinking about food by regularly eating fruit mono meals.

Most of the fruits are ready-to-eat wherever you are. Pretty much natures fast food. This means less time spend in the kitchen. You won’t even have to read any ingredient labels, what makes trips to the grocery store a lot shorter. As a domino effect the simplicity you bring to what you eat may manifest in other areas of your life over time.

Fruits are easy on your digestion.

When you feed yourself a conglomeration of ingredients your body needs way more energy to digest everything. This may cause you to feel tired after a meal.

Fruits digest easily without using a lot of energy. Instead of wasting a bunch of energy on solely digesting food your body is able to focus on other things like repairing and building tissue.

Fruits are raw, vegan and healthy.

By eating more fruit mono meals the amount of raw foods in your diet will increase. Increasing the amount of fiber and nutrient rich foods with living enzymes that nature has intended us to eat will help improve our health in the long run.

Retrain your taste buds.

Transitioning to eating more fruit mono meals can be tough, because the flavors might taste bland and not satisfying if you come from a heavily processed diet. Luckily our taste buds don’t take long to change and adapt. They will get used to the natural flavors and you’ll find yourself turning away from foods which are fried, heavily processed or high in sugar and salt. At some point there will be no more need to dress up the foods you eat as the natural taste will be good enough.

No calorie counting.

When eating a mono meal until satiation there is no need for restriction. The fiber in fruits will make you feel full quicker so you are less likely to over eat. Overall you consume less calories.

There is no need to count calories like you would when eating animal products which are way higher in calories. Counting calories leads to having a bad relationship with food. Mono meals on the other hand have been shown to improve ones relationship with food.

For how long can I do mono meals?

A mono meal can be eaten once a day, a whole day, a whole week or maybe even a couple of weeks in a row. Some do it for longer periods of time. In general eating mono meals should be seen as something temporary.

Are there any con’s?

Becoming nutrient deficient if you continue for a longer period of time.

As one type of food doesn’t meet all of our nutritional needs for long-term health, it is very possible we start running into deficiencies when we eat one type of food for an extend period of time.

Even if you are wanting to eat fruit mono meals for a whole week it is better to switch up the fruit. In this way you are provided with a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Negative symptoms.

Suddenly eating high amounts of fruit can cause detox effects on your body. Especially if you come from a diet that was deprived of fresh fruits or when you aren’t used to eating them in the quantities of a mono meal. People tend to experience symptoms like dizziness, tiredness, nausea, fluctuating energy levels and headaches. Most cases it is only temporary.

Bloating might occur too. This can be caused by food intolerance, but can also mean your previous meal has not finished digesting yet.

How to prepare a fruit mono meal?

In my experience fruit mono meals are the easiest thing to prepare. Just peel, cut, blend, juice or make ice cream out of it. Here are some examples of how you can eat a banana mono meal:

 

These are some of the fruits I eat regularly as a mono meal.


I really enjoy eating fruit mono meals. When I eat them consistently I do not even crave junk food anymore. It is truly amazing. Let me know what your favorite fruit is and if you are thinking about eating a mono meal out if it!

Thank you so much for reading!

Kristel

 


References:

 

http://www.raw-food-health.net/Mono-Meals.html/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/evolution-of-diet/

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4 Comments

  • Reply Yana april 13, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    yay for monomeals!! and those images look so cool, did you create those yourself?

    • Reply Kasumikriss april 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I was practicing with some stuff. 🙂

  • Reply Afke mei 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Jij was toch Nederlands? Ik ben benieuwd hoeveel je dan ongeveer eet van een maaltijd, bijv. je mono meal is banaan. Eet je dan meerdere bananen? Groetjess

    • Reply Kasumikriss mei 25, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Ik ben Nederlands inderdaad. Ik eet tot ik helemaal, lekker vol zit :). Soms kunnen dat 6 bananen zijn en soms zelfs 10 of meer! Ik blijf eten tot ik verzadigd ben

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