I regularly receive a lot of questions in relation to fatloss on banana island so this information is slanted towards answering those queries....
Important questions to ask yourself before doing this are......
-What is my motivation to do a banana 'feast'? If the answer is fatloss then a holistic approach is needed to sustain the fatloss (exercise, long term comittment to the right eating plan, hydration considerations etc)
-Am I willing to eat a diet after the feast which agrees with my body/physiology in line with nature's design? If not then the fat &/or old health issues will return
-What are my beliefs surrounding a raw diet? Do I think its ok to eat processed raw gourmet food? Is my goal to eat a lowfat raw vegan diet?... (I believe this is the only way to achieve & maintain vibrant health longterm).
Yes Banana island may assist you in losing weight short term but is this the only reason u are doing it? isn't everyone sick of playing the same old 'yo-yo' record over and over again?? I advise peeps not to do BI for weightloss....We want sustainable, long term lean healthy glowing bodies! & you can have it! Just make the choice to follow the right lifestyle consistently, build lots of reasons why not just flimsy weightloss reasons or u will go back to cooked food.
Ask these questions of yourself...
-Am I willing to read 811, research how my body works and especially learn how to combine food properly?.
-Am I going to put my health first before by social life & not cave to pressure from friends,peer group etc?
-Am i willing to work out how many cals I need to sustain myself whilst on BI?
These questions are important if you want to really get vibrant results and feel amazing for the long run.
Also important to success...
-Work out what foods you currently have 'attachments' too and address 'why' or else u may go back to eating them....although it may simply be (& usually is) that you are not eating enough carbs (the body runs exclusively on glucose & you are highly likely to 'binge' on undesirable 'foods' if you are not getting enough) which brings me to my next point.....
-Work out how many calories you need a day to maintain your current weight with www.nutridiary.com and keep your calories up there or else you will be tempted by foods that aren't health-supporting. Eat enough Fruit!! This is very important!!
After answering those questions & making a comittment to an allround better lifestyle these are my recommendations & personal experiences...
-When on banana island I would generally eat between 25-30 bananas a day mostly in smoothie form
-Get enough ripe spotty bananas & a box of semi underripe. Trial a couple of days on bananas and see how many you eat & compare to your calorie calculations, increase your total intake if not meeting daily requirement.
-Work out how many bananas in a kg and buy enough for 2weeks - 1 box of ripe if possible (or wait until they are spotty but not fermented!), A box of varying ripeness for the second week (but make sure you work out how many you need for the 2weeks)
-Exercise daily - this is important, at least a powerwalk or bike ride.
-Drink lots of water (requirements differ depending on exercise/bodyfat levels/environment etc)
-Get in touch with your creative side, paint, sing, draw, play an instrument, dance etc- these activities are important as they assist you in feeling good & as a result you are more likely to want to nurture that 'feel good' feeling which generally leads to participation in other activities that promote health & wellbeing like eating well! Start conscioulsy planning your life how you desire it...instead of being 'taken with the wind'.
-Get sun on your nude body! Daily if possible, obviously don't burn yourself.
The reason for bananas over other fruits? You can do another fruit, I have done mangoes only for 2weeks and melons&mangoes for 1month (bar 1meal) but bananas are..
-Easy to get hold of -Ripe ones are cheap -They are a great source of energy/carbs and will keep you fueled up for your daily tasks. -THey taste great! & are great in smoothies -They are really satisfying & filling.
I had about 25-40 bananas everyday in smoothies & ate them for 10days then added celery (I would say u could add the celery earlier) followd by tender baby greens for another couple of days. After this I added in mono-meals of another fruit (with still plenty of bananas) and so on... adding back in fresh,ripe,raw,(preferably organic)whole foods until i was simply eating a well combined lowfat raw vegan diet.
The simplicity of one fruit at a time on digestion allows the body the energy to eliminate the fat and toxins out of the system, I lost a good couple of kgs and felt AMAZING! And still do actually! But i recommend you ask yourself the questions above first.
You can always go back to your old way of eating if you don't like it but remember your body will be more pure and sensitive afterwards and will tell you loud and clear what it wants.
Maybe I should make a vid explaining all that too...
It is ideal (but not essential) to be eating a lowfat raw vegan diet consistently prior to travelling to banana island as what u eat after the feast will generally be what u ate before hand
is it possible to eat too many bananas when doing the mono thang?? i'm up to 20 and its only noon. (i do weight 130lbs, and am 5'9 so maybe i need a bit more a day??)
perhaps i will want less in the afternoon? i did a lot of exercise yesterday so maybe i need more food today - walked for 2 hours total plus worked 8 hours on my feet?!
Hey Julie! I would really recommend you visit www.nutridiary.com (i need a link on the main page i think) & work out how many cals you need a day....im not a fan of counting cals all the time and don't but if you do initially u will get used to the cals in different meals & foods, after a while you'll just 'know' like we already 'know' on a deep level but we have to 'learn' these things again sometimes.
Yeh you had a big day I would be eating more considering your stats & activity levels....how do u feel most importantly? It can be easy to go low on cals for a while but that can easily lead to bingeing on undesirables :-)
Im thinking of doing a vid on this Michele :-) Yes bananas is a great source of calories, are widely available and when they are ripe and spotty very cheap!
Not sure about the toms but I definitely have issues with unripe ones....ripe is fine. I just feel my body is speaking louder these days as it refines itself......they have been called 'wolf peaches' in early texts...but i love em!!
I'm having trouble eating spotty bananas. They taste slightly fermented and too sweet to me. I like the slightly sour fruits better, like kiwi and grapefruit.
I think I will have to have my bananas with the first sign of spots for a while or I might really start to dread eating them.
I tried putting them in my fruit soup with other fruits but they have such a dominant flavor that they overpower everything.
Luckily here in S Cal I can get a lot of different fruits year round but I'm not looking forward to kiwis and cherimoyas finishing up long before the summer fruit comes in. I've gotta learn to love bananas.
Last night as I went to sleep I said out loud, "tomorrow bananas will taste wonderful to me."
The narnaz sound like they have just 'turned' or a little past it Pamela, especially if they taste slightly fermented....get to them a little earlier because u only have a very small window sometimes to get to them in time.
Great advice Moth, exercise always stimulates a healthy appetite in me!
Hi Carrie :-) Its going back nearly 2years since I did that narna island so specific detox results are a little blurry but I know I had really awesome energy levels as Moth said.....I remember training a fit group of male outdoor clients where we had to do this 220stair climb twice in a row....I blitzed them....I seemed to float up the stairs! This way day 4 or 5 if i remember correctly.
The first 3-4 days aren't always the best because the narnaz could be mixing with remanents of other foods & causing digestive upset etc. I blended them in smoothies most of the time...
Its hard for me to comment on how u will detox Carrie because we've all had such different pasts & your body has its own set of priorities different to mine.....
In answer to your question about being healthy before the feast....
I was always into keeping fit and trying the latest eating plan but it wasn't necessarily healthy.
Yes for best digestion . The sugars aren't fully developed in underripe narna's therefore it will compromise digestion followed by a myriad of other compromises in your health & wellbeing...
Ripe & spotty!!
Free, I'm attempting to jump back into 811 after a less than dainty cooked shabang...im having many tooth sensitivity woes though upon fruit and salad munching....would you suggest nana islanding until my teeth are stronger and my system has released all this junk? or dya think it might stir up more crazed cravings of the absurd? im one for extremes....but all i can think about wanting is bananas...and dates. produce here is well worth crying tears (of sadness) over.
thank you loveliness for all this wonderous work you are doing! love xxx
im ready to gain optimal!!