The secrets out, the powers of fruit and mono fruit diets are becoming more common knowledge
but what is this mono fruit island they speak of?
Where is this fruity paradise? Well, what if I told you, you can experience the joys of mono fruit island life, all from the comfort of your own home?
That’s a sick joke right…. I want to go to the island too, BUT mono fruit island is actually a concept as opposed to a magical land of mangoes and fruity friends riding the same wave to health as you.
Why can’t that be a thing…
Anway! This article is going to give you some insight into this mono fruit island madness so that you can decide whether this is a trip you want to take.
Imagine yourself on an island and all you have available to eat are mangoes.
Nothing more, nothing less. Is this a holiday that appeals to you? Or maybe you have heard that extended time on this island is going to help you along your healing journey… the rumours are you might even lose some weight…
Of course, when you are faced with no other options and stuck on mango island, you would find the whole thing relatively easy. I imagine.
In reality we live in a world where we are spoiled for choice and due to our addictions and social ‘norms’, it makes things a little trickier.
However, due to lack of said magical island, people are recreating the experience of eating only one fruit for extended periods of time.
It just happens to be taking place in the real world*
*If there is a magical fruit island in the real world, please do let me know so I can go get stranded there.
What Fruits Give You
Fruits are filled with water and there is nothing better for proper hydration than eating your water. In fact, you are hydrating yourself at a cellular level, which is essential to healing if that is the path you are on.
The digestion time of fruits is FAST and this takes some of the burden off of the body. When it is not holed up digesting complex combinations of foods, it can better exert its energy elsewhere.
Eating exclusively one fruit, makes digestion even more efficient.
One type of food only, takes one type of chemical reaction from the body to break it down. This means you are less likely to experience indigestion, gas and bloating due to poorly combined foods.
You can and NEED to eat larger volumes of fruit to meet your caloric needs. This is one of my favourite things about fruit island life (in part because I have a history of restrictive eating and excessive fasting).
I found so much freedom in eating anytime my body or mind asked for food. I would simply have another mango, or four… and this was no problem. There was no guilt associated with overeating and every bite felt nourishing.
Can I Live on This Island Forever?
I know many raw vegans who would answer yes to this question and for a while I would have been on team – eat only fruit forever.
I don’t have the answer for everyone and can only talk from my own experience and as always, I recommend trying things for yourself and listening to your own body.
HOWEVER, from where I am at now
I do not believe that living the fruit island life exclusively, to be the healthiest in the long term.
From MY experience, over time, I started to feel severely depleted and malnourished.
Keep in mind that I pushed on for a couple of years (on and off), believing it would be a heal all if I just kept going, ignoring my body’s cues for something different, something more.
I believe I need some of the minerals that you can only get from greens.
I believe I need some more healthy fats.
Maybe I am wrong. Perhaps I was just ‘detoxing’ as many raw foodists will claim, but my intuition told me I was doing more harm than healing.
I think in the long term, a balanced diet of fruits, greens and vegetables is necessary.
Perhaps a body that is clean and free from toxic burden, could better utilise enough from fruits alone to thrive. However, for the majority of us, we all have some level of degeneration in the body and we need to help it along by fuelling it with a variety of whole food products.
An important factor to keep in mind, is that when you extend your time on fruit island, you will put your body into a state of detoxification. This can be a miraculous thing, as you can heal many things that the allopathic medicinal system may have told you are irreversible.
However, detoxing the body can be rough and I highly recommend doing it with guidance. It is simultaneously so simple, yet also a fine art and you CAN get it horribly wrong.
I am no health wizard, I am simply a guinea pig in my own little lab of healing.
This is my experience when eating ONLY mono fruits for extended periods of time. I could be wrong, but I feel obliged to share authentically. Please, with kindness, take it or leave it.
What I DO recommend however, is shorter periods on mono fruit islands.
Days, weeks, even a month. I think this is an amazing gift to give your body.
It allows you to really give your digestive system a break and get in tune with your being.
Weight loss is definitely inevitable and overall you will feel lighter and brighter.
Find Your Balance
When you look to nature, you can see that all animals eat simply and are nourished and satisfied. When you eat mono fruit meals for long enough, meals that are comprised of complicated combinations of foods will lose some of their appeal to you.
I want to make it clear that I DO recommend taking a trip to a mono fruit island of choice from time to time. In fact, I think these periods are essential for optimal health.
I just also think that it is necessary to balance these trips by eating an abundance of greens and vegetables in the off season.
General Rule of Thumb
I want to ask you a question, one I ask myself often;
Do you live to eat, or do you eat to live?
There is no harm in enjoying our food and indulging from time to time. Special occasions, Friday nights… pizza for breakfast simply because you feel like it. Do it!
I love me some indulgent eating, but I try to always come back to using food as fuel.
This isn’t as easy as I would like it to be due to food addictions and how it is the social ‘norm’ to eat excessively.
To eat to feel pleasure.
To eat when we are bored.
I have felt the judgment from others (and myself!), that comes from trying to eat exclusively in a way that is for nourishment. Countless times I have gotten comments like;
‘You only live once’ (debatable 😂)
There is a side of me that wants to have my cake and eat it too, but what I have to keep in mind is that I am on a healing journey and everything I eat will either give me energy or deplete me.
In saying that, I am a foodie. I like to share connection over food and I necessarily want that to go away, but I try to live by the 80/20 rule.
I try to make roughly 80% of my food choices around eating for nourishment. 20% of the time I give myself the freedom to play, explore and indulge.
This balances me mentally and I know I will always come back to eating simple meals like water rich fruits. They are full of hydration and the sugars I need for energy. These simple meals, simply, make me feel good.
Food and fruit specifically, is fuel.
At this point you are getting pretty convinced to give a mono diet a red hot go, I am sure. Or perhaps it is just seeming like another form of restrictive dieting?
Eating only one type of fruit. Well, I can’t deny it is restrictive in regards to the fact that you are restricting ALL other types of foods (you got me there).
HOWEVER, in terms of volume, the sky really is the limit.
So right now, I am really talking to those who come from a background of restricting their calories in order to maintain a certain weight.
As far as dieting is concerned, mono fruit meals are easier to maintain, because when you are hungry, you eat. When you have cravings, you eat.
You are able to fill the body, whilst still being able to lose weight and toxicity, which fruits encourage out of the system.
Although fruits are relatively low in calories, what they are filled with is; polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients and that essential hydration that we need to alkalize the body!
Why Mono Diet vs Other Diets
Are you still not convinced? Are you still considering other dietary methods?
Before you jump into any other type of restrictive, calorie counting diet, let us discuss even further.
Restrictive diets only ever tax the mind and often lead to a relentless cycle of restricting and bingeing. Eating an exclusively fruit diet means you can eat whenever the hell you want.
I don’t know of any other diet that allows for this kind of freedom while simultaneously pulling the same kind of results.
The Cost of Under Eating
When people get the idea to jump into a diet, usually one of the goals is weight loss. One method which can seem appealing and offers up a quick fix, as I have eluded to, is the calorie restriction game.
I see why it’s appealing and I have played this shit game too many times myself. I’ll admit that it is a simple fix and it is effective, but only in the short term (and comes with a risks a plenty).
As humans we just love a quick fix, but we have to think about the long term!
Calorie restriction and putting the body into starvation mode, when done for too long, it is only going to wreak havoc on the body and the mind.
For one, it can unbalance your hormones. Specifically your sex hormones. This is going to influence your libido and if you are female, you are running the risk of having your periods become irregular or absent entirely. Once your hormones are depleted it is an upward battle trying to get them back in balance.
Another thing to keep in mind is that although calorie restriction can see weight loss in the beginning, over time, the body goes into stress mode. Stress mode results in the body releasing excess cortisol and this can cause weight gain, weight loss resistance and unhealthy belly fat.
You are at risk of so many serious consequences when it comes to excessively restricting your food intake.
Your hormones are so important to the overall regulation of the body. I wish I had known this when I was being blindly driven by an egoic need to be slimmer. So consider yourself warned.
Another part of us that suffers big time when we withhold calories, is the mind. Restriction is a slippery slope into eating disorder town, because when you deny yourself you inevitably end up bingeing once the restriction comes off.
This can see you yo-yo dieting, with periods of under eating followed up by eating unhealthy foods and often an excessive amount.
When you tell the mind and the ego, it cannot, it will do everything so that it CAN. It becomes obsessive and food becomes a stressful situation. One of the undeniable and amazing things about eating mono fruit meals is that you CAN get healthy weight loss results, while eating an abundance of fruits.
The mind loves when you give it what it wants and with fruit there is no associated guilt about it being ‘unhealthy’ or ‘too much’.
What Are Mono Meals – How to Get it Right
So, just in case it isn’t clear yet, a mono meal is a meal that consists of one type of food. This doesn’t necessarily have to be fruit.
Technically you can mono meal anything and it will still benefit the body to give it only one type of food to digest.
Ah the simplicity.
If you are leaning towards doing a mono fruit island, the rules are very simple.
All you have to do is pick one fruit that you really love and that your body is compatible with. Make sure you can always get fresh, ripe produce and organic if possible.
Next, you are to eat as much as you need to stay satisfied and satiated.
When I was eating mono mango meals for a month, I was averaging about 4 per meal and 3 meals a day, but listen to YOUR body and fuel it as you see fit. Just be sure to eat enough!!