In the spirit of trying new things and education via experience, I made a trip to Banana Island. What the heck is Banana Island? Just a fun term for a mono-meal diet of bananas. Bananas, bananas and more bananas. I had read about it and seen people talk about it online, so, decided to test it out myself. I love trying new potentially odd things like this. It’s up to 3 days, all you consume is bananas, you can add in greens if you please. So like bananas and spinach, kale or lettuce. Maybe cucumber or celery. Bit of unsweetened almond milk is fine as well. Why in the world would you do this (other than liking to try new stuff)?
Reset. Physically and mentally.
What do you do?
Literally eat bananas. 10+ bananas a day. 10 bananas puts you at about 1100 calories, if you are working out as well, you will likely want/need more. Drink lots of good clean water too, at least 10 cups. Listen to your body, if you feel hungry, eat (or drink). Keep up with your eating so you don’t feel famished. If you can’t stand chewing another banana, make it into another form.
- Straight up bananas, just peeled
- 3-4 bananas blended with spinach and 4 or so cups of water (maybe with a cup or less of almond milk replacing 1 cup of water)
- Banana ice cream using 3-4 frozen bananas, a bit of almond milk, optional cinnamon & vanilla extract, maybe some stevia
- Banana lettuce wraps using lettuce as the base, filling it with chopped banana and cucumber
- Barnana chewy bites, the plain kind (not coconut or chocolate) is just dried banana with banana flour. Totally allowed!
- Freeze dried banana, usually in sliced
- Dried banana, below is a pic of one I found. It’s hard to find without added sugar or oil though
Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are one of the most popular fruits on earth. They are easy to carry around and easy to eat, plus are delicious. It’s generally known that bananas are high in potassium, which actually helps lower blood pressure. Along with potassium, benefits include magnesium, fiber, vitamin C, B6 and believe it or not a bit of tryptophan.
1 banana = 110 calories
- Carbohydrate – 30 g
- Vitamin B6 – .5 mg
- Potassium – 450 mg
- Manganese – .3 mg
- Vitamin C – 9 mg
- Fiber – 3 g
- Magnesium – 34 mg
- Folate – 25 mcg
- Vitamin A – 81 IU
- Protein – 1 g
When you are just eating bananas, you don’t have anything to prepare. Loads of time saved! No food stress. Time that you can pay attention to other stuff. If you are an emotional or habitual eater, this is a good reset. I know for myself, certain things, other than hunger, trigger me to eat. I drive from appointment to appointment throughout the day and it’s a major habit for me to get in the car and start snacking. When I’m home for the evening, that’s my other weak snack time. When all you have is bananas to eat, there is a lot less eating ‘just to eat’. Helps you reset your brain, kind of like a juice cleanse does, but you get to chew.
When I’ve done this, I’ve lost a minimum of 2 pounds each day I did it. It wasn’t from starving myself, promise. One day I dropped 4 pounds, but I think that was an anomaly. I had just come back from vacation and was abnormally heavy. Whenever I get back to my usual workouts and not eating so much (and no alcohol) I generally shed the pounds I had gained almost as quickly as I put them on. Eating only bananas makes for a much flatter stomach. All possible bloat is gone. Beautiful thing!
Only 3 days, you won’t go dying from any sort of ‘malnutrition’ or deficiency. Think about people who live off junk food with the nutrient profile similar to cardboard? Crappy fast food or microwave things. Yeah, bananas for a few days really isn’t an issue.
Yes, bananas are high in sugar. People often avoid them when they are trying to lose weight. Their calories can certainly add up if you are combining them with other stuff, they aren’t a low calorie fruit. There are a lot of different theories out there and reasons for doing things, I have followed eating certain ways that omit bananas. Doing so makes sense in different instances and works for what is trying to be accomplished (ie. low sugar focus, strictly alkaline).
If you make a trip to Banana Island, let me know how it goes. I always love to hear other people’s experiences with things. I know my experience isn’t the same as others. I also know that each time I do something I have a slightly varied experience as well. I’ve done the banana cleanse diet twice and had the results be the same, my emotions and feelings during it were different though.