More about the mono eating options

Again, mono eating is not just about picking a food and eating only that for a while.  There are specific healing options: banana, papaya, banana plus papaya, steamed potatoes, steamed peas, or steamed winter squash plus steamed green beans, brussels sprouts, or asparagus (all of them with the option to add lettuce).

In each case, you start the day with optional lemon or lime water and then fresh celery juice.  A good way to structure the rest of your day is to enjoy the first serving of food mid-morning, if you are hungry.  Somewhere in the afternoon, have another round of that same food.  Then enjoy one last serving of that food for dinner, for a total of three “feedings” in the day.  Alternatively, you have the option of four or five small “feeding” or meals in the day, or two small meals.  As you will read in more detail under “serving sizes”, it’s a good idea to experiment with smaller portions on the first day and work your way up after that if it feels like that amount of food didn’t give you enough energy, or if you got too hungry.  Not that you should under-eat on that first day.  Basically, you don’t want to sit down and eat five pound of potatoes and then find yourself overstuffed.  Also don’t go too long without eating.  Your blood sugar may drop and you may get shaky and moody or lose energy if you go too many hours without replenishing your glucose and mineral salts through one of these foods.  Now let’s look at how these food options can help you:

Celery Juice

There’s so much to say about the benefits of celery juice, there is a book called “Medical Medium -Celery Juice”, the most powerful medicine of our time healing millions worldwide.  I will try to summarize its benefits here.

It contains: sodium cluster salts, trace minerals, special Vitamin C, complete electrolytes.

  • Lowers inflammation
  • Supports Weight Loss
  • Helps Heal Digestion
  • Reduces Bloating
  • Helps Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Fights Infections
  • Helps Prevent UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infection)
  • Healing for Acne
  • Prevents High Blood Pressure
  • Helps Lower High Cholesterol
  • Helps Prevent Ulcers
  • Protects Liver Health
  • Improves Acid Reflux


It should go without saying that it’s not advisable to mono eat lettuce as your only food in a day.  Nomo eating lettuce is not advisable because it doesn’t have enough calories; lettuce on its own won’t give you the fuel you need to get through the day.  If you decide to include lettuce in your mono eating, you decide to include lettuce in your mono eating, you’re opting for lettuce in the same day as your papaya, banana, potato, or steamed vegetables.  You can eat it whole as a snack or side dish, use it as a salad base, wrap it around your food like a tortilla or taco shell, chop it up, or even blend it with your mono eating food choice.

Lettuce is self-limiting, so you can call the shots about amount.  What I mean is, you could eat a handful or it periodically with your mono eating food, or you could eat a big bowl of lettuce if you desire.  It’s hard to overeat lettuce; you’ll know when you’re not in the mood to eat any more of it.  If you’re someone who’s never in the mood to eat lettuce, then try washing some at the beginning of the day and keeping it accessible.  With fresh lettuce ready and nearby, you may find yourself more likely to munch on some leaves of it.

If you can, look for butter leaf lettuce.  It’s the gentlest of all lettuces on the intestinal lining.  Red leaf lettuce is another gentle option for the intestinal lining.  They’re both more soothing and easier to digest than anyone knows.  If you’re extra sensitive, stay away from mixed greens, unless that’s all you can find.  Many times, these mixes include pieces of kale, arugula, radicchio, and red cabbage that are good for us, though not as easy on someone who’s sensitive and trying to mono eat.  If you can only get mixed greens, try to pick out the pieces of lettuce of softer greens.

All lettuces are anti-pathogenic, meaning antiviral and antibacterial.  Lettuces have chemical compounds that destroy and rid you of pathogens that are not supposed to be living inside your intestinal tract.  Lettuces have traces of omega-3s, proteins that are extremely easy to assimilate and digest, and an abundance of trace minerals and mineral salts that are critical for building blood and supporting neurotransmitter function in the brain.


Bananas are useful for when you’re on the go.  They’re easy to find and don’t require any kitchen time, and for the most part, they’re inexpensive.  If you’re concerned about bananas having too much sugar, fear not.  The calories in a banana is made up of more than just natural glucose.  A banana also contains bioavailable protein, beneficial omegas, fiber, water, antioxidants and healing phytochemicals such as potassium.  High-potassium foods as banana are extremely helpful for so many digestive system conditions; that potassium content is part of what makes banana mono eating so healing.  Potassium helps regulate heart function for cardiovascular health, feeds the central nervous system, and is helpful for nerve functions in the digestive tract.

Bananas are also anti-pathogenic, and they’re and incredible prebiotic as well, meaning, for one, that at the same time they help destroy and eliminate unproductive bacteria in the gut by binding onto it, they feed beneficial microorganisms there.  When you’re eating a food that doesn’t feed pathogens, you’re already winning.  Bananas’ antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal properties are a bonus on top of that.

The chemical compounds in banana become a film-like shield between the banana and the lining of the lining of the intestinal tract.  While the nutrients in the banana (and other foods in the gut at the same time) can pass through the shield and absorb into your intestinal lining, as the banana breaks down, it doesn’t rub on the intestinal lining.  Its chemical compound coats and soothes the lining like a healing ointment.

It’s up to you how you enjoy your bananas on this mono eating plan:  whole, wrapped in lettuce leaves, blended in the food processor or blender, or mashed in a bowl with a fork.  If you eat your bananas whole, make sure to chew them fairly well; don’t just gobble them up and let them slide down.  When you’re dealing with digestive problems, it’s good to start the breakdown process in your mouth by working the banana there before you send it down.  If you go the blended route, don’t add water, blend only the bananas.  If you want some liquid, you’re better off sipping water a little before or after eating your blended banana pudding.  Try to avoid drinking it with the banana, though.  When you have compromised digestive system, you don’t want to drink water at the same time you’re eating food, or blend water into your food, unless you need to for some reason.  Water dilutes the hydrochloric acid you need to process the food in that moment, so for maximum digestion, it’s best on its own.  Bananas are actually easier to digest than water, because bananas are more pH neutral and pH accurate for your stomach and intestinal tract.

How many bananas?

Everyone is different.  Some can only handle 6, 8 or 10 bananas in a day, whereas others could be eating more like 15-plus bananas a day.  Men tend to be able to eat more bananas, and women, especially those who are petite or chronically ill, often can’t get down as many.  So the amount of banana that it takes to get you through the day will be unique to you.

Don’t be afraid of eating too many bananas because you’re worried about too much sugar or too much potassium.  You need ample amount of glucose to function, keep muscles strong, replenish cells and heal.  Bananas are a perfect food when you’re chronically ill to prevent muscle atrophy from not being capable of exercising to the degree that people normally can.

There is a prejudiced belief system out there against fruit sugar, and even though some medical communities love this theory that fruit sugar is bad, it has no medical research or science to support it, it is merely who fear fruit because they think all sugar is bad.  The truth is that the less fruit you eat, the more you stay sick, because fruit helps us heal.


If someone is having problems moving their bowels, then very helpful mono eating options are papaya, banana or papaya plus banana.  Papaya is useful for relieving constant, chronic, full-time constipation and is also good for someone who has lost their hydrochloric acid, with gastric strength virtually non-existent. That can look like extremely difficult digestion, with bloating, gastric pain, inflammation, cramps, spasms, acid reflux, hiatal hernia disruptions, or blockages from scar tissue or previous surgeries, or it may land you a diagnosis of an intestinal condition.  You can add in banana if your constipation is intermittent rather than continuous.

Whenever someone has gone through a period of not eating, whether from fasting, anorexia, or grave illness, blended papaya is like magic for the refeeding process because it offers ample calories, soothes nerves, is antiviral and antibacterial, contains trace minerals and beta-carotene, and digests so favourably.  It’s important to use only papayas that aren’t genetically modified (GMO).

Steamed Potato

Potato mono eating is ideal for someone who is dealing with loose bowels or bowel movements that are too frequent.  Steamed potato on its own is also helpful for someone dealing with very low hydrochloric acid and low gastric acids.  The potato is universally helpful.  Not only do potatoes have extremely easily assimilable protein; they’re also rich in minerals such as potassium as well as the amino acid L-lysine to help reduce inflammation caused by pathogens.  Potatoes are good for ulcers and burning stomach.  Potatoes are a source of carbohydrates.  And while yes, there are some forms of carbohydrates such as processed wheat that aren’t beneficial for your health, that doesn’t make potatoes a problem.  Potatoes can save people’s lives.  “I’ve witnessed this over the decades”.

A really healing option for sensitive digestion is to eat your steamed potatoes wrapped in lettuce leaves or on a bed of lettuce.  If you prefer not to eat the skins of potatoes because you think they’re harder to digest, know that a steamed potato skin is actually easy to digest and packed with antiviral compounds and nutrients.  If you’re eating conventional potatoes, you can opt out of eating the skins if you desire.  Don’t eat a potato when its skin is green or it’s growing sprouts.

Part of what has given potatoes their bad reputation is that they’re almost always eaten with fats, in combinations that don’t help us, whether fried in oil, shipped with butter and cream, or covered with bacon bits.  Steamed potatoes with no added fats aren’t even in our consciousness as an eating option, and yet it’s the very option that can turn a life around.  It’s fine to eat your steamed potatoes warm or cold, whole or mashed or even pureed, as long as you’re not mixing in dairy or other adding.  If you eat them whole, make sure to give them a good chew.

While sweet potatoes and yams are very healing, they aren’t the best choice for mono eating.  They have a lot of pulp in them that could feel very bulky.  That often isn’t the best for someone with digestive sensitivities.  When it comes to mono eating, stick with regular potatoes.

Part of what makes steamed potatoes so healing is that they don’t feed anything negative or toxic inside the body.  They don’t feed viruses, which are behind so much of the chronic illness in our world today (including intestinal illnesses), nor do potatoes feed unproductive bacteria, yeast, or mold.  In truth, potatoes bind onto colonies of bacteria that are causing diverticulitis or prostatitis and carry them out past the colon; they can drive out streptococcus, E. Coli, staphylococcus and unproductive funguses from the body.  The chemical compounds in potatoes have a sticky, binding nature to them.  It’s not just the starch that causes this.  As potato moves through the intestinal tract, pathogens cling and bind to the compounds and can’t escape.  Potatoes even help drive worms such as pinworms out of the rectum.  For comparison. Someone my not think they have an egg allergy, because we aren’t taught to fear eggs, and meanwhile, the reality is that eggs feed every single bug we don’t want in the intestinal tract and organs, serving as food for colonies of unproductive bacteria and multiple viruses.

Steamed Peas

Steamed pea mono eating is excellent as a backup plan for someone who’s not capable of finding our using banana, papaya, or potatoes.  Gentle on the intestinal tract, though not as gentle as the other options, steamed peas do not feed pathogens. (None of the mono eating options do).  Peas contain easily assimilable healing phytochemical compounds and carbohydrates plus an abundance of chlorophyll that absorbs easily into the intestinal linings, where these components feed healthy cell growth and help restore mucus membranes when the intestinal tract linings have become scorched, scarred, injured, or damaged by excess adrenaline, toxic troublemakers, troublemaker foods, and pathogens.

Make sure you don’t use pea protein powders.  Always opt for fresh or frozen peas unless you’re in a desperate situation and can only access canned peas.  Do try to get organic peas if you have the option.

Steam the peas for as long as you’d like.  If it feels best for your gut, you can steam them until they’re very soft.  If your digestive tract is less sensitive, you don’t have to cook them too long if you don’t want to.  As with potatoes, you can steam all that you want for the day at once and set aside servings to eat cold, or reheat on the stove (without oil or butter), or you can steam them throughout the day as needed.  If possible, please don’t microwave your peas.  If you bring lettuce into your steamed pea mono eating, you could eat the peas on a bed of chopped lettuce as a salad or in lettuce “cups” like a taco, or you could eat the lettuce as a side dish to the peas.  You could even puree your peas and lettuce together.  Remember that you’re not topping those peas with butter, cream, any kind of oil, soy sauce, tamari, nutritional yeast, or even spices and so on.  Fresh lemon juice is okay for favour.  The way to heal your gut is to eat simply.

Steamed Winter Squash + Steamed Green Beans, Brussels Sprouts, or Asparagus

This plan is for someone with a less sensitive intestinal tract who finds the concept of mono eating very challenging and needs a little more variety in their day to keep them interested.  With the combination of winter squash plus steamed green beans, brussels sprouts, or asparagus (you’ll select two of the three, more in a moment), you get a day packed with antioxidants, chlorophyll, sulphur-rich compounds, antiviral compounds, antibacterial compounds, beta-carotene, and vital glucose, all of which are great for restoring the liver and digestive tract while knocking down and even killing off pathogens.  These foods help the liver produce bile and help restore nerves in the intestinal linings.  They’re gentle enough for mono eating reliable, and easy to find.

Here’s how it works with this option:  after celery juice in the morning, you’ll enjoy steamed winter squash up until dinnertime.  That means some squash in mid- morning (if you’re hungry), at lunchtime, and again the afternoon.  Whether you start in the morning or at lunchtime depends on your hunger level.   As I mentioned at the beginning of this section, don’t go too long without eating.  Your mood and energy can drop if you go too many hours before your first meal of the day.

For dinner, select two of these three options on any given night: steamed green beans, steamed brussels sprouts, or steamed asparagus.  That will give you that sense of choice and changing it up that you may like to prevent boredom with mono eating, although this is still serious mono-style eating and can really make a difference for almost any health condition.  Throughout the day, lettuces are also an option to accompany your steamed squash and vegetables.  If you have stronger digestion, you’re welcome to eat the skins.  Either way, steaming the squash is preferable to roasting or baking it.  Remember to keep it free of butter, oil, and cream.  Butternut squash is the most common winter squash available, and that’s one option.

This article was taken from “Medical Medium” – Anthony William

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