A mono-diet is when
one foodstuff is eaten and all others are excluded. A mono-diet may last one
day or forty or more.
I have some experience of mono-fruit-diets, during the past
The first mono-diet was carried out near the beginning of my
time on raw fruit and I ate organic apples for two weeks. I lost some weight,
went through some elimination, but generally felt pretty good mentally and
physically and had good energy levels. I was breast-feeding my 18 month old son
at this time and my milk production did not seem to suffer, well I got no
complaints about the apple-flavoured milk, from Camlo.
I feel that apples offer a physical as well as bio-chemical
They are full of fibre and pectin, which act like a broom to
physically 'sweep' the intestines. Then like other fruits they act to
chemically cleanse the body and help wash out the cells and dissolve the
Since this time I have eaten pears alone for 9 days, oranges
for 10 days, twice. Also twice I have eaten grapes for 20 days. In 1995 I went
on a 52 day orange juice mono-diet. I then went on melons alone for three
months, five months and in 2001 6 months.In 2007 I went on another orange juice
mono-diet, for 26 days this time. The Orange
For Lent 2008, I had the most fantastic time; I went 40 days
on Organic and Biodynamic Orange Juice. Orange Juice
Why A Mono Diet.
I have always felt at my mental, spiritual and physical best
It is a time of healing, cleansing and contemplation and
The body's digestion system is given a bit of a rest as the
imput into it is simplified. Healing can occur but at the same time energy
levels can be really high; so the mono-diet can be very useful for those of us
who want to cleanse but need to remain active throughout the regime.
I initally chose to go on the orange-juice diet because I
wanted to do some sort of cleansing but at the same time I was the sole carer
of my active three year old and I needed to be able to keep up my stamina for
lots of fun and games.
Before I started on the orange juice I weighed about 112
pounds, afterwards my weight dropped to about 84 pounds. However even though I
was a bit of a skinny minny my strength and endurance was improved.
Camlo and I were holidaying in Sark, one of the beautiful
Channel Islands. I carried Camlo on my back up the 364 steep steps with ease
and without a break. It felt so much easier than the previous year, even though
I was several pounds lighter and Camlo was several pounds heavier!
My eye-sight also improved and my colour vision was much
better. Reds really stood out and were almost luminous, especially Geraniums.
Greens also shone and moss on the ground seemed to glow.
The first Melon mono-diet came about in response to Lent, I
am not an orthodox Christian, but I do believe that Jesus said some very
I wanted to give something up, not out of Martrydom or
denial but more to appreciate the abundance of Nature. Even when one is eating only one type of
fruit there is so much diversity within that fruit.
I am always astounded at the variation in tastes, flavour
and scents between fruits from the same crop.
I also wanted to
simplify my life. When you do not have to think 'What Am I going to eat today?'
It frees up so much more energy for other activities.
Simplicity also can bring about a sharpening of the senses.
If you live off one fruit alone you can really tune in to that fruit and your
taste buds can become refined so there is so much joy from one fruit alone.
The 40 day period of Lent in 1998 stretched to three months
on melons. At the end of the Lenten period I was still happy and hale so I
I have also eaten
melons for five months, again starting at Lent 2000, and also for six
months in 2001.
I have always felt very well on a mono diet. It may not be
the ideal diet for everybody or the healthiest. I had been on a fruitarian diet
for seven years before going for my initial three months on melon so my body
was used to assimilating its needs from a juicy fruit regime.
I am also an experienced fruit 'picker'. When one relies on
fruit alone for nourishment the fruit needs to be of excellent quality.
I can pick the best melon off the pile or the ripest peach
off the tree and indeed I need to because if I do not get good quality fruit my
family's health will be compromised.
I believe that we are
all special and unique beings; what works for one of us may not for another.
One fruit may suit some of us while another fruit may benefit others.
Similarly whilst the mono-diet has worked well for me it may
not be the optimum diet for us all.
We are all true individuals and I do not propose that a
mono-diet is the 'right' diet or the most optimum.
However if you want
to try a cleansing regime whilst maintaining your energy the mono-diet may help
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