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
Have u read & answered the above questions i posted?
I've been thinking hard about it & I really feel its important to have a stable foundation of 811/lowfat raw vegan prior to going on banana island.....ok its not vital and you will benefit heaps short term from jumping straight into BI but if your foundation is shaky & your current eating habits are back & forth between cooked/gourmet rawfood then you will be highly likely to fall back into the same eating habits once you return from banana island...
I would get rid of the dates Holi and replace those calories with high water content sweet fruit.
A long term sustainable program is always best, even steady on lowfat raw vegan for a couple of weeks is a good start.
Thank you Free.
This makes sense to steady myself first.....but GOSH IM REEAAADDDY! All the questions make me leap from my chair and shout AHO!
Woah. I know lowfat raw is optimal. I want it. It wants me. We're ready for the love affair. Hehe.
I attained steady stable 811 previously...just knocked myself down due to slacking in my cals intake. That is what is standing in my way now. I cannot seem to get enough cals inside me each day, so I binge in shizzle. My teeth restrict my eating enough too.
Yay I'm trying to kick the dates......they're my candy boo. Its tough! Where my thoughts are going, are that I will eat majority nana's but not totally restrict myself....for my remaining time in England. This seems best, to fill on cals and to make up for the lack of other produce here. Then Thailand awaits in a week or so.....where I'll be fine dangley!!
I definately see the goodness in steadying and familiarizing with 811 first though, before nanaring....this situation just seems to lean more towards bananas for a little piece of time.
DId you sail away to banana island upon beginning 811?
Great Holi, sounds like a well thought out approach....
I was doing 'a version' of 811, definitely doing high fruit but with gourmet raw mixed in so it wasn't 811 when i came off banana island I went back to some gourmet here & there & same symptoms started to return as before but in some areas worse as now my system was more sensitive....its a one way street, if you look back (gourmet raw/cooked) you will have a 'head on with old unwanted symptoms/experiences.
Are u coming to Malaysia in June?
Are u combining those dates with fats at all? How do u usually eat them? As this may affect your teeth
THanks, Yes indeed thats what kept me on such strict 811 previously.....I couldn't even imagine the thought of undooing the continuous improvement, and knew bad baaaad things would happen if i strayed from the path! ....but I did stray....only slowly.......
Dates. I only eat with banana/fruits in smoothie form or all alone. I think eating them alone is not a good ticket for tooth health. I never ever combine a date with fat though! I should quit them all together. Their yumminess sticks to my teeth hence fourth sticking to my colon!!! Another pleasure to re associate with pain....
Malaysia in June....Yes Maam! For Durian madness? So peeps are no longer fancifying in Thailand? Well, keep me updated and I'll hopefully join you! I may have to leave mid-june.....it is dependable. When in June are you thinking, and where in Malaysia? - sorry, this gallivant is off this here topic....may have to take it to the comments board! Anyhoo, let me know things you do so know about the venture!
Yeh i would get the dates out unless you pick them yourself....im not sure if those medjool dates are steamed or not...I haven't been able to find out much about them...they do seem to be addictive & overstimulating like cooked food too
Yes Malaysia now! Less pollution and better Durian I say! Can't wait to meet you :-))
Utterly agree with the dates being addictive.......something of an odd nature surely lurks withiN!! ahah.....'speshly those big plump ones that explode with liquid caramel in the mouth.....I'm a total addict, glad I can't find them here!
great advice Michele, a lot of the time it is ripeness & also what else is still being consumed....its very rarely the poor narnaz causing probs. Yes food combining is a biggie ! ....and drinking sufficient amounts of clean water AWAY from food consumption
I experience this too - I imagine it is poor quality bananas, or because they got bruised or picked way way too early. Many bananas in the shops are completely green here! They take weeks n weeks to ripen, and often never make it!!
am i the only one having trouble with banana island? i feel like everyone else just eats bananas and poof the enter the world of 811rv and life is grand. and i find that myself....i've tried banana island twice now and by the end of the first day and just feel as though i'd rather eat dog dookie than stuff one more banana down my throat. mostly the texture of the bananas gags me a little after eating so many and also i just feel like i can't eat any more of the same thing! so why am i struggling? and also - does anyone worry about getting too much potassium?? thanks.
Nope, you're not the only one, Mary Ann. I can take up to four bananas and then I'm done. I thought I would eat only bananas on an 8 hour drive last weekend and after 4 of them I had to stop for some emergency food. I could not face another banana. I tried eating them in a wrap of lettuce but it was a temporary fix. After it went down it was still a banana and I still didn't want any more, thanks very much!
I mostly like to eat fruit soup of a mix of fruits including kiwis, papaya, pear, orange and any berry that is available. I can eat that all day. But one banana completely takes over the whole thing and ruins it for me. So I have to stay pretty close to my blender I guess.
I guess banana island is like Tahiti. Some people love it and some people hate it.