Raw Food Journal Entry 10 & 11: Eight-Banana-Breakfast

May 2, 2011

The way I’ve been eating has been consistent for the most part but I changed it up a little today. I just learned about food combining which has helped me to understand the uncomfortable stomach problems I’ve been having lately. It makes eating tricky, but I feel better because I used to think it was the fiber that made my stomach queasy/gurgly sometimes. It’s actually from combining fruit and fats together in one meal.
The rate at which different foods digest is the principle of food combining. Foods that digest the fastest (fruit) would not combine well with foods that digest the slowest (fats and proteins). If a slow-digesting food is consumed with a fast-digesting food, the fast-digesting food gets stuck in the stomach, waiting for the slow-digesting food to digest, and thus the fast-digesting food “ferments” while it waits—causing the gas, bloating, and thus stomach discomfort. That’s quite a mouthful, eh?
Even different fruit within the category of fruit would have certain “rules”—such as how acidic fruit (like oranges) cannot combine well with sweet fruit (like dates and bananas). Leafy greens can combine well with fat or fruit, but not both. There’s a lot to learn.
This morning I started out with my green smoothie (only strawberries and spinach to make it a good, digestible combination) after my run. I added an orange later for a snack. Then lunch consisted of two large salads. I ate two bananas later for another snack, and then for dinner I had a bunch of fruit with four salads (I was famished after my run). I’m not including much detail in this, but when I logged everything online I had 80% carbs, 10% fat, and 10% protein—perfect!


May 3, 2011

I must begin with an apology to the rest of the incoming Wege breakfasters who dreamed of starting their day with a delicious banana. But as an experimenting raw-foodist I must take certain desperate measures. Today was the day for me to grab eight—yes, count them, eight—small bananas from the cafeteria. Needless to say there were no bananas left, but I’m assuming Wege is smart enough to provide more fruit later…
I felt like I was getting ready for battle as I stared down those yellow spotted crescent-shaped fruits, letting the concept of what I was about to do sink in—I was attempting a mono meal.
The concept of such a meal is that it provides smooth, efficient digestion. If your body only has to break down one type of food you save digestive energy, and thus energy that can be used elsewhere during the day. A mono meal also helps you to know when you are truly full. When you are sick of the taste of the one food you are eating, you should be done eating.
The example I found is that in nature animals only eat one type of food in a meal—they never mix food (a lion eats an entire gazelle, monkeys eat all bananas, etc). Supposedly many people who have gone on mono-meal diets have lost weight, too—perhaps because they get sick of the one food they are eating within a meal but they aren’t supposed to eat anything else.
I wanted to know what this sensation would feel like. I want to teach myself to eat only one type of food at a meal. It debunks the idea that you need to get a little bit of everything in a meal to be healthy.
I reached for the first banana, peeled it, and bit into the soft flesh. I swished the creamy, sugary baby-food texture around in my mouth and swallowed. One down, seven to go.
I munched away. A sip of water here, a bite into a banana there, one peel on top of the other, and bam! I did it. Sitting back in my seat, thoroughly sick of the taste of banana as I looked at my pile of peels, I had done it. It was tougher than I thought–I grew bored of the taste and craved something different to mix it up. I eventually caved in to the oatmeal they were serving at Wege cafeteria (it’s been so long since I’ve had it). But overall I feel good and I don’t mind having so much fruit. It’s kind of fun! I’m not sure what I think about this food combining stuff but I’m willing to try it out.
Snack 1: two pears
Lunch: two salads (the usual)
Snack 2: apple and small banana (sub-acid and sweet fruits combine well together)
I had a workout and felt bloated but I had no stomach problems overall–just a little gassy. And yes, I’m going to say it—I went “number two” constantly today. Like, every single time I used the bathroom…and peeing three times within twenty minutes before the run. I’m not sure if I like this or not…maybe I’m just not used to it? Maybe it’s detox?


I do not advocate nor do I completely dismiss the raw food diet but I do encourage you to first stay with me through these past journal entries (please note the date) until the end to decide for yourself what you think would be best for you as pertaining to diet if you feel the need to change in any way. Please understand that I went into the raw food diet with some wrong intentions. Learn from my mistakes before making your own.

About Rachael

Rachael Steil is a graduate from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts. Steil an author, speaker, and a recipient of the Spirit and Outstanding Runner award for the Aquinas College cross country team and has received 6th place All-American accolades in cross country as well as 7th place in the NAIA track nationals.
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7 Responses to Raw Food Journal Entry 10 & 11: Eight-Banana-Breakfast

  1. Shannon says:

    Hi! I just found your blog from the link you posted on 30BAD, and I just wanted to briefly share my own experience–maybe so that I could help you in some way, just like you’re aiming to help others with this blog (an idea that I absolutely love, by the way). I know that I’m younger than you, but I developed an eating disorder at a slightly younger age. I’m also a fellow cross-country runner. (;
    I suppose that, throughout my childhood, I had always had somewhat of an anxiety and minor OCD problem, but I first began really showing symptoms of an ED, and depression, in late middle school. That was when I really started becoming a “perfectionist” and obsessing more and more over appearance.
    I started running (working up to four miles a day, but when I started high school I ran less). Over the course of the next year, I lost about thirty pounds. Although I had never been outgoing, I became extremely withdrawn. I was obsessive about grades, and I spent the rest of my time worrying about food and counting calories (this was also when I went vegetarian and then vegan). After awhile, my parents began to worry, so I tried to eat more, but I just kept losing weight, although I was miserable having to eat “that much.”
    Long story short (sorry for that rambling paragraph), I was eventually sent to treatment–but the hospital first, because they wouldn’t take me with a heart rate in the low thirties–where I endured a grueling four months (besides the one or two in the hospital) of “re-feeding” (I have a crazy metabolism). Although they had gotten me up to my “ideal weight” at the end, they still didn’t consider me ready to leave–I only did because my insurance had bailed. I have to admit that I lost ten pounds in the next few months out. “80/10/10” really saved me. I’ve been maintaining my weight since I began it, and everything else has gotten better–especially depression. I swear that, if you’re like me, this will be the best thing that has ever happened to you.
    I really hope that it is. (:

    • rachael says:

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! Yes, we can relate a lot–and I am so glad you find yourself in a happy, healthier place now! My best advice after everything I went through the past few years is to always listen to your body and do what works best for YOU. It seems you have found what works, but always keep an open mind and if you need anything let me know! Thanks again for sharing your story!! :)

      • Shannon says:

        Thank you for reading it! I know that it was pretty lengthy and personal and unnecessary. (; And yes, that is awesome advice. Orthodox nutrition and treatment didn’t work at all for me; I suppose I had to find my own way. It makes me happy that you’re going out to find the answers yourself. It’s always the best way. And I’m sorry if I came off as sort of pushy and brainwashed for a “fruitarian” lifestyle. It can be difficult to not think that it can work so well for everyone when I’ve experienced it myself, but I understand that it may not.
        Good luck, and thank you for your response. (:

        • rachael says:

          No, not lengthy or too personal and definitely not at ALL “unnecessary.” It takes guts to be open about yourself, especially on a topic like this, which can be touchy! Plus I write a lot too, and it’s fun to receive long comments like this, so thanks again. :)
          You did not come off as pushy at all. I definitely tried out 30BAD for a while, as you will see if you continue to follow my blog. I learned a lot from it and thank DurianRider to what he awoke within me–as you will see. :) I don’t see any diet as completely bad, and learned from experimenting in many different areas. Again, I am glad you have found what works for you!

          • Shannon says:

            Oh, I haven’t read about that part yet, but I will. And that’s a really good mindset. Seriously. I know what you mean by it.
            Thanks again! (:

          • rachael says:

            Also, I have not posted about the “future” yet (when I joined 30BAD, etc, which happens more into the fall and winter of 2011) so you will not see it posted until I eventually post it haha :) Sorry about the confusion…

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