You may be wondering, what exactly is a mono-meal? Well, have you ever eaten just a banana or a bowl of fresh berries for breakfast? If your answer is “yes”, then you’ve eaten a mono-meal.
A mono-meal is just a fancy way of saying, fill yourself up on a meal that consists of just one thing. For example, a mono-meal could be a big bowl of watermelon, a couple of bananas, a plate of steamed broccoli; the list goes on.
There are a number of benefits to eating a mono-meal, and below we will explore some of these benefits.
Give Your Digestive System Rest
The way we eat doesn’t always make sense. Combining starches, proteins, fats and sugars in one meal can create a burden on our digestive system, which often shows up as discomfort, indigestion, nausea, gas and other digestive issues.
The benefits of mono-meals are mainly to do with digestive health. They remove the burden of your digestive system having to differentiate from an array of different macronutrients & micronutrients, which all require different digestive enzymes and are processed differently in your body.
Mono-meals take a burden off of your digestive system and can reduce gastrointestinal discomfort. Common ailments such as stomach ache, gas, indigestion, and bloating can be curtailed by eating a mono-meal, which only gives your body one thing to work on digesting.
On a personal note, I find that when I eat a mono-meal for breakfast, like a bowl of fresh fruit, I often feel better and have more energy than when I eat a meal with a lot more ingredients.
Save Time & Money
Who doesn’t like saving time and money? When you eat a mono-meal, there is minimal preparation involved. Maybe you’ll have to do some chopping and peeling, but beyond that there is little to do other than the actual eating of the food. This significantly reduces the time spent in the kitchen, giving you ample time to do other things.
If you are experiencing any amount of stress at meal times, it can negatively impact digestion. Mono-meals can eliminate the stress that comes with meal planning & preparation.
In addition to time, money is also saved when you eat a mono-meal. Think about all of the ingredients that normally go into making food. By consuming only one type of fruit or vegetable, you will find that the cost of your meal will be significantly lower than an average meal that contains multiple ingredients.
Detoxify Your Body
Plant based mono-meals give us a chance to eat healthy, nutrient rich unprocessed fruits and vegetables. As such, we are cutting out processed foods with additives, preservatives, and other things that our bodies don’t really need.
When you take a break from complex meals, your organs are given 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.
Take a Break
Mono-meals can be a good way to give your body some well-deserved R&R when it comes to digestion and give you a break from the kitchen. However, your body requires a wide variety of nutrients to support its many functions. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend eating mono-meals on a regular basis.
On the other hand, mono-snacking, such as grabbing an apple or a banana, can be a quick and easy way to keep your energy levels up throughout the day and can be done on a regular basis.