What exactly is a mono meal and why is it beneficial for digestion? It’s a very good questions that can be answered by taking a look into the life of our ancestors. For thousands of years, they didn’t have had access to the array of foods we have when we open our fridge today. So when they needed food, they’d simply find a berry busy at its prime ripeness or hunt animals.
And because there was no way to preserve this food, they would have had to eat it all right then and there. So even today, our bodies and brains are much better adapted to way of eating this since it’s how our we humans have ate for the majority of our time on earth.
The way we eat today doesn’t always make sense, especially at a primitive level. Combining starches, proteins, fats and sugars in one meal is bound to create a digestive burden, which shows up as discomfort, gas and other digestive issues.
So a mono meal is just a fancy way of saying, fill yourself up on a meal that consists of ONE thing, like eating a big bowl of just watermelon, or four bananas or a big bowl of steamed sweet potato, etc.
The benefits of mono meals are mainly for digestive health. They remove the burden of your digestive system having to differentiate from an array of different foods which all require different enzymes to digest properly.
When my digestion is feeling sluggish and “off”, I try to do a day or two of mono meals. This gives me a digestive reset and boosts my energy without caffeine or other stimulants.
When you take a break from complex meals, your organs have a chance to rejuvenate. Detoxification naturally happens at this point and you might find that when you go back to eating as usual, you digest your food better and have more energy.
So when you’re feeling this way, try having just one food per meal, such as a sweet potato dish, a blueberry smoothie, or a chicken breast.
For more mono recipes, and ways to restore your gut health for good, check out my new program, Love Your Gut. This program is specifically built for busy people who have been dealing with digestive issues for awhile and want to make a change for the good without a lot of extra time and money to make it happen. In this program, I’ll give you many easy, affordable and delicious gut-healing recipes as well as strategies that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.
Or join me on my Facebook page where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes for digestive health.
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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