My Astounding Experience with Mono Dieting

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Ok, so I’ve been keeping you in suspense since last Friday (May 6, 2008) when I shared that I started another mono diet to cleanse myself from my Splenda affair. Yesterday I gave you the whole rundown on the fallout of my affair with Splenda, but I also said that I’d give you some more details today about the mono diet I did. Check Out The Background If you haven’t read my post about mono dieting to prevent breast cancer, you may want to do that now and then come back to this post. You can also check out the update I posted on my 3-day experiment with mono dieting at that time.

NOTE: The date of this article May 2008, which is over Five Years ago. This is something I wrote when I did not have the permanent solution, which today, I do have: The Inner Self Diet. The Inner Self Diet is my proprietary, proven, step-by-step coaching and mentoring system to struggle-free permanent weight loss, which I mentor my coaching clients through, leading them out of their emotional eating and endless food and weight struggles, into the place of Freedom from all of it. Read about their struggle-free weight loss successes here. Listen to what Graduates have to say here!

My 3-Day Plan This time I chose to mono diet in a different way (remember in Harvey Diamond’s book, there are different options) and this time I didn’t juice. Juicing does give your system more of a break and he does recommend it, however this time I just felt like doing the options of only fresh fruits and vegetables. I spontaneously decided to do the mono diet last Wednesday to cleanse my lymph system because of what I’d learned about Splenda. Initially I was only going to mono diet for 3 days, that’s 3 days of eating only fresh fruits and veggies. I also drank at least 100oz of clean water each day, and one thing that I must disclose (that I do not recommend that you do ;) ) is I drank one cup of tea in the morning. Tea is not a part of mono dieting to cleanse your lymph glands and I am only telling you about this because I have to be completely honest with you about my experience. What I Ate Honestly, there’s nothing special to what I ate during my recent mono diet to cleanse my lymph system – I simply ate fresh fruits and veggies whenever I was hungry and as much as I wanted. I did not go hungry, and the hardest part for me was getting through the first day – the other hard part was eating raw broccoli. I ended up mainly eating fresh fruit and I really enjoyed it – bananas, tangerines, apples, strawberries, grapes, pears, some of these fruits being ones that are not included in the 6-week body makeover program. **By the way, I need to add that this mono diet has absolutely nothing to do with the 6-week body makeover plan that I often blog about here at Fearless Fat Loss, and mono dieting is purely for health reasons, not for weight loss. In fact the way that I stick to the mono diet and see it through is by reminding myself that I’m doing it for health, not for weight. (This a good thing to remember at all times when you’re eating healthy, isn’t it. Get off of the weight loss/diet mentality and onto the most important reason to eat healthy – to get health and fit!) My Astounding Experience So this is the reason I’m writing this post today – originally I was going to mono diet for 3 days and I extended it to 4 days. Why? I was feeling good, and believe it or not, I had some more fruit to eat up (no joke!) So, I stuck with my mono diet of only fresh fruits and veggies through Sunday and I am ever glad I did because here’s what happened: On Sunday, I went grocery shopping at Meijer and was wandering around in my favorite spot, their international aisle. I was looking at boxed, processed Thai meals after picking up plain, rice noodles (only ingredients are rice and water) and had an amazing realization – I had absolutely NO desire for processed foods. Yes, it’s true – here I was, standing in the grocery store, a place where I usually have thoughts and desires for processed foods, and I had none. I hope you can relate to the magnitude of what I’m sharing with you – I did not yearn for the processed dead foods that normally I would. Chalk It All Up To Mono Dieting? I actually think that there are a couple different pieces of the puzzle at work here, and doing the mono diet cleanse brought them to the forefront:

  1. The mono diet detoxed me and gave me a “clearing” not only in my physical body, but also in my mind and emotional body.
  2. I’m in the 10th week of my emotional eating experiment with the Shrink Yourself program. I’m experiencing a decrease in my desire to emotionally eat, which in the past has still been present even when I didn’t physically crave addictive substances (refined sugar, flour, dairy, salt, unhealthy fats).
  3. There is a chemical component to this – being off of all refined sugar and white flour (the 2 main ingredients that trigger my addictive eating urges) plays a large role in my experience. When I get that stuff out of my system, the cravings for more of the sugar and flour disappear – I documented this in my ban on refined sugar experiment. The only thing that was different in that experiment was that I was still having emotional cravings, and on Sunday I wasn’t feeling them.
  4. I’ve also been doing other things like staying in the moment and bringing awareness into my urges to emotionally eat. This would take another post to go into and I actually didn’t even have emotional eating episodes come up during my mono diet, but I believe that raising my awareness of why I wanted to emotionally eat is compounding in interest – each time that I remain conscious and aware of why I want to emotionally eat, the more I regain my personal power and the emotional hunger dissolves.

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That’s My Story and I’m Sticking To It I just had to share this story with you, and I really hope that you gain some inspiration from it. Sure, to fully “get it”, you would need to experience yourself but if I can do it, you can too! For me to be standing there in the grocery store surrounded by all of the foods that I’d normally crave and to not have a pull towards any of them is just something that’s….well, it’s really quite astounding. I sincerely wish the same experience for you of getting to that space where you don’t desire the unhealthy stuff anymore, and believe me when I say that if I can do this, I whole-heartedly believe that you can. This is why I’ve been sharing all of these nitty gritty details of my ups and downs with you for over a year here at Fearless Fat Loss. I’m not any different than you, which means that you can do what I’m doing – you can get free of the physical and emotional bindings to food and allow yourself to live in a fit, healthy, vibrant body, while still enjoying food. And most importantly, you can Enjoy Life and live it to the fullest. Also, I’m not saying that mono dieting is the only way to get to that space of freedom, this is simply my recent experience of getting to that spot I’ve wanted to get to – where I honestly don’t even want the processed gunk. Oops, Almost Forgot the Weight Loss (side benefit, yeah!) Yes, there is a side benefit to mono dieting to cleanse your system – I did lose 4 pounds by simply eating only fresh fruits and veggies and drinking 100 oz. of clean water each day. I almost forgot to tell you about my weight loss before I posted this because it’s really not the focus of my story today. ;) What About You? If you’ve had an astounding experience, a real “aha” moment in regards to your food addiction or emotional eating, I’d love to hear about it in a comment below. Eye-opening realizations are something that each of us needs to experience ourselves in order feel that shift in consciousness in how we relate to food, to our bodies, to our personal self, but when we share them it can be very inspiring for others who may not have had one yet.

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  • http://www.andrewisgettingfit.com/2008/04/24/how-to-reduce-your-cholesterol-by-over-50-without-drugs/ Andrew is getting fit

    Wow, that sounds really good.

  • http://www.shreveportpt.com A Burnham

    That sounds really cool. I look forward to hearing everyone’s stories.

    A Burnhams last blog post..Personal Training for Pets

  • http://www.danceofmotherhood.com Dette

    Wow – I really need to look into this! I am definitely an emotional eater – not when I’m sad, but when I’m happy or just plain bored.

    I know. Bad, bad, bad.

    Thank you for posting this – I need to get back on track and this looks like a great place to start!

    P.S. If you’re still interested in joining the Fave Mom Bloggers Contest, please feel free to do so. I’m still wrapping up the details so it’s not officially closed – let me know? Thanks for dropping by – hope to see you around!

    Dettes last blog post..A Mother’s Love…

  • http://www.mizfitOnline.com MizFit

    for me the AH HA Moment was when I eliminated most processed white and found I was FARFARFAR more EMOTIONALLY stable because of it.
    no more highs and lows.

    is the mono-protein free?

    did you get any crashes from the fruit sugars?

    inquiring minds :)

    M.

    MizFits last blog post..Viewer Mail.

  • Renee Wise

    I would love to try this since your experience was so successful. I’m afraid my brain will keep saying where’s the protein!! I try to build as much muscle as I can. I’m going to keep thinking about this. I have been making some really good drinks after watching Montel whip up a drink on his show last week. I build it with fruit and add a lot of spinach on the top, a few ice cubes and a sprinkle of water. They are very good and my 19 year old son has been sharing them with me. He is gluten sensitive also so we get as creative as we can. By the way if any of you readers are experiencing what you think is IBS please look into removing gluten from your diet and see what happens. It has changed my life. As long as I don’t get glutened I’m symptom free. Gluten is in wheat, rye, barley and oats due to cross contamination.

  • http://semicharmedwife.com Jen

    That really is amazing! I’ve been dying to try a juice feast after I finish 6WBMO. After all that meat (I typically don’t eat very much meat), I think I’ll want a nice cleansing detox-y sort of thing. It certainly wouldn’t hurt my feelings to lose my desire for processed food…

    Jens last blog post..Day 9 of Month 359

  • http://www.fearlessfatloss.com JoLynn Braley

    Hi All, thanks for all of your comments! :)

    @Andrew, great!

    @A, me too!

    @Dette, I’m an emotional eater, too, but I can honestly say that Shrink Yourself is really helping me a lot.

    And thanks for updating me about your contest! :)

  • http://www.fearlessfatloss.com JoLynn Braley

    @M, very very cool, thank you so much for sharing your story – I’ve found the same thing, but I think it would help me even more to cut back on my caffeine as the next step.

    And yes, the mono diet is protein free. It’s not meant to be a way of life though, just a break for your body, and to help cleanse your lymph system.

    Eating the fruit without the protein – I feel better eating the protein before the fruit, like I do normally – eating the fruit alone, I felt ok but personally didn’t have as much energy as I usually do – many people experience having more energy when mono dieting but I think my body needs protein – I just looked at it as a health cleanse.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

  • http://www.fearlessfatloss.com JoLynn Braley

    @Renee,

    I’m not sure how you’d feel doing the mono diet, I also eat a lot of protein each day and I do have more energy than when I’m not eating it – you could give it a try and just look at it as a cleanse.

    One thing I didn’t mention in this post – Start This on the weekend – it is a cleanse and you might not want to be “cleansing” at work. ;)

    @Jen, there’s also vegetarians who follow the 6WBMO plan, but I don’t think it’s as easy.

    Also, the 6WBMO is really a way of life, not a short-term diet – this mono diet is only a cleanse, not a lifestyle. ;)

  • http://www.crankyfitness.com Merry

    I think it’s an interesting idea.

    I’ve been tempted, from time to time, to try diets like Jenny Craig, where all the food is provided for you. I know that approach is analogous to using training wheels — eventually you’ll have to learn to go on your own. But in the short term it might help shift some weight.

    What always stops me is the thought of deliberately subsisting on a diet of mostly processed food. Can’t think of that without shuddering.

    Merrys last blog post..Skanky Fitness

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  • http://www.fearlessfatloss.com JoLynn Braley

    Hi Merry,

    Sounds like you like eating clean, too, without all of the premade processed stuff.

    Yeah, I know what you mean about the Jenny Craig types of things being tempting, but I don’t think it would taste good, either (and it wouldn’t help me learn how to live – I tried one of those programs years ago, which is another topic altogether :) ).