Eating Only Bananas For 30 Days When Starting A Raw Diet?
(Kingman, Az USA)
Tammy's Question: Are you saying that in the beginning of a raw food diet that bananas are the only food you should eat?
How long should I or can I live on just bananas? It would be a lot simpler if I had a diet week by week to follow.
Thank you, I'm very excited about starting this I just want to make sure I'm doing it right:)Andrew's Answer:
You don't need to eat only bananas, by any means.
Perhaps the confusion came about because that's what I did, but I had a very specific reason for eating only bananas. When I went raw I was suffering from colitis
, a severe intestinal disorder, and I had to tailor my program to suit that disease.
The majority of people find ripe bananas have a very stabilizing effect for their digestive system, which is why they're commonly fed to sick infants, the elderly, and the very ill. I wanted to have a simple diet that would take it easy on my system, and it worked great. Within a month most of my symptoms were gone.
However, there's no specific reason for you to stick to only bananas if you're healthy, and no one should believe that bananas are "medicine." Only the body can heal itself, and different foods just provide different nutritional packages
There are so many amazing fruits
to enjoy, and there's no reason to restrict yourself. You might enjoy tracking down some really exotic fruits
for a special treat. Can You Safely Eat Just Bananas For 30 Days?
I try to emphasize variety to all my coaching clients
, and in the long run, you want to be eating a large variety of raw fruits and vegetables to ensure you're getting adequate nutrients.
However, bananas are absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals, and as long as we're aware that it should just be a temporary measure, there's no harm in eating just bananas for a month. The average western person would end a month of eating just bananas better off nutritionally than they began it, certainly.
Some new raw foodists also take comfort in the exactitude of a regimented diet when they're first starting out. This also allows them to prevent cravings
Others try monoing on bananas, or another fruit, as a way of simplifying their diet temporarily, or because something isn't quite right with their health.
So in short, no, I don't suggest new raw foodists eat only bananas, but it's unlikely to do them any harm either. Following Up:
1) Learn how to eat a healthy raw food diet
2) Figure out what foods are healthy and harmful
3) How to ripen fruit intelligently