I tweeted about this a few days ago …
I’ve gone to Banana Island. 🙂
What the heck is Banana Island? It’s a place you go where you only eat bananas. Yes. You read that correctly. I’ve only been eating bananas for the last 4 days.
WHY? Ha ha. My friend Dan was in town and he was telling me about Banana Island. It’s an effective way to give your gut a break. Bananas are extremely nutritious and because your body is concentrating on only this one superfood – it can relax because it’s only focusing on one item.
The last couple of months have been very hectic for me (moving the shop, etc) and I haven’t been eating well. I’ve been eating a lot of wheat (which I know I should avoid) and not focusing on making the kind of healthy meals I normally do and my guts are pissed. 🙁
So letting my body focus on one superfood (instead of trying to process 1000x different ingredients) seemed like the right thing to do.
I know the thought of eating 24-30 bananas a day sounds difficult but it’s really not. The trick is to eat them when they are ripe. That means spotty.
- A green banana with some yellow is 80% starch and 7% sugar.
- A mostly yellow banana is 25% starch and 65% sugar.
- A spotted and specked banana is 5% starch and 90% sugar.
Starch is significantly harder for the body to digest and break down than sugar. Sugar is digested and assimilated very quickly. (info above via Raw Food Health)
Here’s an example of what a ripe banana should look like.
- Bottom: starting to ripen
- Middle: medium ripe
- Top: ripe enough to make a tasty smoothie or snack
Photo via Low Fat Vegan Chef.
So believe it or not I’ve been eating about 24 bananas a day for the last 3 days!! And I feel great.
How do I get that many bananas into me? I make a smoothie with 6x bananas & water. One banana smoothie for breakfast, lunch and dinner (18 bananas total) and then eat my remaining lot of ripe bananas in between my “meals” as snacks.
I thought it would be difficult but it’s been a breeze. The first day I felt a little wonky because I was leaving too much time in between re-fueling. So I adjusted and now eat bananas anytime I get a tinge of hunger. Plus water. I’m drinking tons of water.
Speaking of water. Here’s what I’ve noticed since I went to Banana Island. My urine is clear. Clear as water. And don’t get me started about my poops. They are AMAZING textbook poops. 🙂 I also haven’t had any digestive issues since I started. Wahoo!
The best part is there are no dishes to wash. Just my blender to rinse out. ha ha.
I don’t recommend this for everyone … do your research before you decide to go to Banana Island and make sure it’s right for you.