H&LBC Day 11 Mono Meal detox

Mono Meals are healing

Mono meals, this idea that you eat just one food at a meal, might seem like a novel idea, but its a very natural and ancient practice. Humans are the only creatures on the earth that mix hard-to-digest mixtures of unhealthy, man-made food into meals containing dozens of ingredients, and even our species has only been at this peculiar habit for a few thousand years.

With less work to do digesting food, your body can focus on using that raw material for repair plus you will have more energy to spare. If you are not used to having natural energy, you may feel resistant to it and that can trigger a need to binge, to bring yourself back to "normal." In all detoxes or fasting hidden emotions locked within your cells that come out as the toxins come out. You may feel many different emotions, be prepared and just greet them as they appear. If you simply acknowledge that the emotion is present, feel it and say thank you, goodbye it often just leaves. You may experience highs and lows very close together, you need to be aware of this if you need psychological assistance dealing with your emotions.

If you want ideal digestion, internal healing and health, the key is picking a health-filled food and eating one of those foods at a time in large amounts. If you're eating in this simple manner, you're eating a mono meal.

Examples would be:

Large bowl of watermelon

Several apples at once

Smoothie made just of bananas

How can mono meals help weight loss and detoxing?

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. But you will not get on the other side of that trigger without going through the detox and dealing with the emotions that produced that cycle to begin with, they will come out as you detox, so be prepared.

We propose only mono meals, not mono days or even longer. Foods can trigger a physiological reaction in your body over time or over a certain quantity, while mono meals can give your digestive system a rest, continuously overeating the same one food can have the opposite reaction. If you feel particularly ambitious, then have a day made up of mono meals featuring different foods.

Like all detoxes, toxins come out during the process and they produce the same effect they did when your body diluted them and locked them away, you may feel nauseous, have a headache, get angry, sad or start feeling weird. You may crave a particular substance, person or scenario- I assure you this is normal and it will pass. If you have experienced trauma, you need to work with a trained therapist and/or doctor before detoxing.

If you would like more information on the emotional-eating connection, we suggest any book by Geneen Roth