A mono-diet consists of consuming only one food. It may last only one meal, one day or several. It depends on how much time one feels able to devote to it and on one’s own abilities to maintain it.
The aim is not to go to the end of one’s limits and become disgusted with the food; the quantity ingested does not matter. Often, it naturally decreases as the fear of hunger fades.
If you choose to cook a food, do not add fat or sugar, prefer spices, whose virtues we will see later in this module.
A monodiet allows you to reduce the efforts of the liver so that it can regenerate itself. It is a more supple form of youth. Adults can follow a monodiet for as long as they wish, taking care not to fall into undernutrition by prolonging it too long.
Of course children cannot fast, but they can have a monodiet on one meal, usually in the evening, once a week. A family, adults and children, instituting a monodiet ritual once a week increases the potential for vitality and defence of each person. This practice makes it possible to smoothly regulate sometimes difficult dietary transitions, such as differences in diet between the week and the weekend, the resumption of fixed schedules with the return to work or school, weekend excesses, for example.
What foods to choose for a monodiet?
Fruits and vegetables rich in fibre if the waste products are mucous, as in cases of acne, colds, bronchitis, for example.
Fruits and vegetables rich in carbohydrates, potatoes or rice if the waste is crystalloid, as in the case of dry eczema, rheumatism, arthritis.
Single fruit diets are recommended for :
- their easily assimilated sugars
- their content of enzymes, trace elements and vitamins
- their stimulating and cleansing impact on the digestive system
- their ease of consumption, raw, cooked or dry (Do not consume any e.g. raw and dried fruit together or in sequence, they may ferment in the intestines and cause bloating).
- the little waste they generate
- their detoxifying action
Here are some examples of monodiets.
It can be eaten raw, cooked, in juice or compote, but without sugar or honey. It drains the intestines and liver. It has diuretic, anti-rheumatic, laxative and cholesterol-lowering properties. The cure can last from 1 to 10 days. Sour apples should be avoided. If it is peeled, the apple is antidiarrheal.
Vegetable broth or soup monodiet
Do not add any fat. This cure has a detoxifying effect, it is particularly appreciated at the change of season. Tomatoes should be avoided, as they become acid when cooked.
Eat semi-complete rice, less aggressive to the intestinal wall, such as millet, buckwheat, oats, for example. This cure is practised more often in winter and is particularly suitable for those who are cold. It strengthens the digestive system to cope with the winter and the often richer cuisine.
Grapes or seasonal fruit monodiet
This treatment requires all the emunctories and does a thorough cleaning. It is ideal in autumn. It is practiced over 1 to 21 days. It also has the benefit of lightening the complexion, draining the liver and kidneys, cleaning the intestines and revitalizing the body. It is advised to consume 2 to 3 kilos in 4 intakes per day. Prefer the Chasselas, a white grape with a thin skin. This cure is contra-indicated in case of diabetes, vegetable or cereal cures being more adapted in this case.
The potato monodiet
Eat them cooked with water or steam, unsalted and without adding fat. It is possible to add herbs and spices. The potato deacidifies the body. This cure is recommended in case of arthritis.
During a monodiet, do not hesitate to drink a lot of water or unsweetened infusions that activate the emunctories.
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