I started eating a predominately high raw diet two years ago. I’ve tried many different eating styles over the years since going vegetarian in 2003. Although my diet varies at times, I am most satisfied and energized eating two large fruit meals during the day and finishing with a nice raw or cooked plant based dinner in the evening. One thing that I love most is eating one raw mono meal of fruit daily.
A mono meal is simply eating only one item for that meal. This meal does not have to consist of fruit, yet this has been what has worked best for me on a high raw diet. It may seem boring or even ridiculous to eat this way, but there are so many benefits. Amazing digestion which equals beautiful skin is one of the 5 main reasons that I LOVE mono meals.
1. Amazing Digestion
With every food that we eat, there are specific digestive enzymes needed to digest each unique food. When we combine foods that do not digest well together, we can experience a stomach ache, acid reflux, and other digestive issues. Digestive issues do not allow our body to assimilate nutrients effectively.
Eating simply creates optimal digestion. By eating one mono meal a day, you give your body a rest from having to work so hard to digest multiple items and ingredients in one meal. Easy digestion equals a truly effective way to absorb nutrients easily. This one mono meal truly gives your digestive system a break while still eating as much as you desire.
One of the biggest beauty benefits of mono meals is having a healthy gut which equals absolutely beautiful skin. If you suffer from acne then focusing on gut health is where you will see the most improvement. You can read more on that here and here!
2. No Food Prep Necessary
There is no easier way to prepare a meal than to wash some fruit and/or peel it. Meal prepping is a great way to ensure that you get exactly what you need during a hectic week. Eating predominately fruit and especially mono meals makes this so much simpler. You only need to make sure that you are stocked up with your favorite selections.
3. Minimalist Eating At Its Finest
It is nearly impossible to eat an abundance of fruit that doesn’t taste ripe and delicious. It is important to choose the best organic fruit that you can find for mono meals. This is minimalist eating at its finest!
4. Easily Eat On The Go
Fruit is nature’s fast food. With busy schedules and more responsibilities than we often want to handle, skipping meals can become the norm. Claiming to be too busy to eat isn’t a good idea. I used to skip breakfast or somehow miss lunch then wonder why I didn’t feel my best. A simple mono meal of bananas or grapes was an easy fix to this.
5. Abundant Energy
I love how eating an abundant amount of fruit gives me enormous energy. Not only does eating this way give me phenomenal energy, but also great mental clarity. There is no such thing as brain fog if one is eating meals of raw fruits.
Here are two examples of mono meals that I enjoy and theiR nutritional breakdown shared from my personal CRON-O-Meter account. CRON-O-Meter shows you how many calories you have eaten as well as protein, fat, vitamins and minerals are in each meal.
Eating mono meals does not have to be without variety however. Just eat a variety of mono meals throughout the week to increase your nutritional intake. Check out what I eat in a day to see how the nutrition adds up with each meal when incorporating abundant raw fruit and mono meals into your diet.
What do you think about mono meals?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)