One of today's blog prompts was, "I don't know about this, but I'd like to...." So in response to this I wrote:
I don't know about doing a water fast, but I'd like to do 3 days or so of mono meals.
Mono eating is very simple really. It literally means eating one food at each meal. For example, breakfast may be only bananas--say 10 bananas, more if you are an athlete. Lunch may consist of 4-6 oranges or fresh squeezed orange juice--in large quantities, not just a small glass. And finally dinner may be a massive bowl of fresh sprouts like sunflower greens, at least a half pound. These examples would be for a seasoned raw foodist, someone just embarking on this lifestyle would probably have to eat less.
I like Dr. Douglas N. Graham's description, "Mono eating is the practice of eating one particular food for an entire meal in sufficient quantity to produce satiation until the next meal." Why would one do this? Dr. Graham says, "I recommend eating mono meals for optimal digestion, absorption, and assimilation." I personally do it because I feel so good doing it. My stomach feels perfectly calm and flat. Sometimes when I miscombine foods I suffer from stomach bloating and it is very uncomfortable. But I also like doing it frequently because it is so darn easy!! I don't have to think up a days worth of recipes, I just munch on a massive bowl of fruit or greens. Makes me happy :)
Another advocate of mono eating is a raw vegan couple who like us, have 5 children that they home school. Their names are Storm and Jinjee. I have followed their blogs for over 3 years now and continually get inspiration. Here is their latest post on fasting and mono eating and their reasons for doing it. And I agree with Storm in regards to the truly astounding results one can gain through the raw vegan diet. I am so blessed to have found it 3 years ago. It was my raw awakening!!
But first let me share one of my recipes, it is not mono if eaten together of course, but you could easily convert it by using only pineapple and then only carrot at the next meal. Enjoy!
Mono Meal of Pineapple and Carrot Core Juice
Carrot Core Juice
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