Introducing “Mono Meals”
With tempuratures in the 80’s and 90’s, it basically summer here in Austin and nothing says summer to me like watermelon! It’s one of my favorite fruits and I often find myself eating mono meals of it for breakfast. What the heck is a mono meal? So glad you asked! A mono meal is when you eat only one type of food for an entire meal, in a sufficient quantity so that you are satisfied until the next meal. For example, nothing but watermelon for breakfast. I do this a lot in the summertime since there is such an abundance of amazing fresh fruit which always tastes lovely in the summer heat.
“Modern day proponents of a mono diet, such as author Christopher Vasey in his book “The Detox Mono Diet,” believe that eating a single food can help you cleanse your body of toxins and lose weight. Some mono diets recommend eating foods known for their health benefits, such as blueberries, grapefruits, watermelon or carrots.” – source
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”.)
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 actually read the ingredient lists for each of these ingredients you may be surprised to find that there are actually close to 100 ingredients in that “simple sandwich”. – source
Mono Meals can help with weight loss because it helps support proper digestion (goodbye bloating!), optimal nutrient absorption, and better assimilation. All of which result in a more nourished body with more energy, a flat belly and less cravings! Mono meals can also help end the cycle of emotional eating which is usually triggered by addictive or stimulating foods & spices and plays a huge role in weight gain.
I remember having lots of mono meals in the summers with my mom. She would cut up a bunch of ripe mangos, peaches, watermelon, or cherries and we would feast on them together for breakfast. Of course we didn’t call them “mono meals”, it’s just what we wanted for breakfast, but I always remember enjoying these mono meals and loving how light and satisfied I felt afterward.
I recently started having mono meals again, not on purpose but because Whole Foods got a huge shipment of the most delicious organic watermelons!! I’ve been having LOADS of watermelon for breakfast and I feel great for it!
Health Benefits of Watermelon:
- The health benefits of watermelon are really great. No matter how it is sliced, it is packed with some of the most important antioxidants found in nature.
- It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, particularly through its concentration of beta-carotene.
- The beautiful red watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant which is called lycopene. These antioxidants travel throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause much damage to us. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to hearty attack or stroke. The lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red color that we find in watermelon can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer.
- It is a surprising fact that watermelon is the only fruit that contains higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
- Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration.
- Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Food experts recommend watermelon as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1 and magnesium. Because of its higher water content approximately ninety percent and calorie value it is ranked more valuable than other fruits.
- Watermelon has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body.
- The antioxidants help reducing the severity of asthma. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer.
- Watermelon is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.
- Watermelon is fat free but helps energy production. It protects against macular degeneration. – source
Don’t feel pressure or force yourself into mono eating if you don’t feel like it. Just know that if you feel like having just watermelon, just peaches, or just apples etc. for a meal then go for it! Eat to your heart’s content! You will reap great health benefits and It will give your digestive system a huge break and taste great at the same time!!
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