I'd like to preface this by saying I WON'T quit because I'm too stubborn and I KNOW that this is the right lifestyle, but it doesn't mean it's all totally sunshine and rainbows. I'm on banana island and I LOVE how I feel and I love how easy it is not to wonder what my next meal will be. It's fabulous. But every day at some point I think about how nice it would be to be normal. I look at chocolatecoveredkatie.com and think about her delicious vegan desserts. I've even gone on food gawker and gawked for a while lol. So yea, I think about it. I've been doing this for a little over 70 days, and I can't imagine ever going back to eating "normal" again and sometimes that makes me sad. I really do love going to restaurants and cooking. Maybe because I'm on BI i miss experimenting with recipes, and I can't even get a salad at restaurants which is what I did the first month being LFRV.
I'm also bummed because my skin isn't getting better even though I've been on BI for 2 weeks now, my plan is to stay on bananas for a month. Megan Elizabeth is mentoring me right now and suggested I add in papaya to help with my skin, so I've been blending that into my dinner banana smoothies, so maybe that will help. If my skin doesn't improve by the end of my month on banana island, should I keep going? What's the longest you can stay? Like I said, I think about quitting every day, but I know without a doubt that I won't. It's just tough sometimes.
hahah you're hilarious about CCK. I tend you agree with you on the old fat dude lol...
Shelby, yes a prolonged mono diet, can result in imbalance.
But for a month or two (or shorter if Mandy is feeling ready to depart the isle), it shouldn't be an issue. The body is used to meeting different nutrient profiles seasonally (as different plants would produce at different times), not necessarily on a clockwork basis. What with recipes and such, we're so used to multiple ingredients each meal, much less each day, week, or month that it takes some getting used to eating one thing.
One thought I just had, Mandy, about your love of cooking. I'm a foodie myself, and do enjoy puttering in the kitch on occasion. In fact, my job often incorporates this skill. But there's a difference between making food, and tasting it yourself.
Don't do it if it's just too big a temptation, but you might consider graciously making healthy food for someone you love. Maybe your creations would be better than anything else they might consume, so it would be doing them a great favor. Or you could volunteer in a rescue or church kitchen for the needy. Just some ways to get your foodie fix!
That's a great idea, I might do that! I used to cook for my bf all the time, even when I didn't eat what I was making him. Maybe I'll give that a go! It's not too tempting, I usually don't taste food while I'm making it anyway :)
Ive got a friend that water fasted for 21 days and her skin got WORSE. She still wore make up though.
Could last another 5 years. Could last another 5 days. Doesnt matter, what matters is you do the right things by your body and enjoy life.
Its a bit like exercising vs using your body by living with passion. BIG difference. One changes your life for the better, one makes you a boring drone.
You can sit in the gym watching the clock on the stationary bike and go no where.
You can hit the road and trails and feel life full on.
Guess whats more fun? LOL!
'when is my skin gonna get better? doesnt 20 years of bodily abuse go in a few weeks?' ;)
But every day at some point I think about how nice it would be to be normal
Ehhhh, sorry. I grew up thinking everyone was crazy, and everyone thought I was crazy too! I prefer my crazy, I'm sad to hear you want to be normal crazy. Do you have hobbies and interests outside of food? You should get some, or some more. Wanna know what I've been contemplating on a daily basis recently? My mantra has been "thank you I love you thank you I love you" to the earth, or the galaxy, I switch back and forth, its joyous. Maybe contemplate that instead?
Also: 'when is my skin gonna get better? doesnt 20 years of bodily abuse go in a few weeks?' ;)
I think this is the number one problem newcomers have, unrealistic expectations.
Plus, aren't THEY the weird ones for eating and doing things that are not our biological makeup?
No, this makes them insane and dysfunctional.