What is a Mono Meal?

It’s safe to say most people these days experience low energy from time to time. Heck maybe most of the time. There are plenty of tips, tricks and other recommendations out there but in todays post I want to share with you one that has really helped me. The mono meal.

Conventional wisdom currently states that you want a mix of carbs, fats and proteins in each meal but is this really the best way to eat? Consider that for most of human history a majority of meals consisted of just one macro nutrient (protein, fat or carbohydrates).  If a family caught fish, they ate fish. If they found a berry bush they ate berries. Food came and went with the seasons and in addition to going long periods between meals most meals were one type of food.

So why are mono meals beneficial for energy? Simply put our cells can work much more effectively when they are processing one type of fuel source. Mixed meals require metabolic flexibility, which by some estimates up to 80% of Americans lack! This is due mostly to our reliance on heavily processed foods. The good news is that by incorporating a mono meal in each day you can actually get back a healthy metabolic flexibility!

I suggest starting with carbs or proteins for 2-3 weeks for your mono meal before trying a fat meal. This is because carbs and proteins are a bit easier then fat to digest. A good mono meal would be a sweet potato or pomegranate Avrils for carbs or some turkey sausage or can of sardines for protein.  Mix it up and see how you feel. Dinner can be a mixed meal or a mono meal but to make sure you get enough of each macro I recommend dinner being a mixed meal.

Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+

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