Is it possible to eat on meal a day on a fruitarian diet?

For as long as I have been in Thailand I have been eating two meals a day.  My first meal was usually watermelon; my second meal was usually mangos and a simple salad with lettuce, cucumbers, or tomatoes.  I typically ate these two meals within 4-8 hours of each other.   During this time, I often wondered, “Is it possible to eat one meal a day?”  The answer is yes.

For the past few weeks I have consistently been eating one meal a day.  I have tried doing combinations of many different fruits and have even included salads and fatty foods such as avocado and coconut flesh.  These all work well enough, but my personal favourite one meal a day is a meal of mangos, exclusively.  There is just something magical and incredibly satiating about eating only one food. I feel calmer, clearer, healthier, and happier after a good mono meal.

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I am not training for a race at the moment, but I am still exercising daily.  Lately I have been alternating between strength training, upper and lower body, and endurance training, cycling and hiking.  So it’s not like I am eating one meal a day, sitting on my butt, and rotting away.  

I tend to follow my intuition—and in this case it was telling me to give my body a break, not only from training, but also from eating.  If we are constantly eating, then our body is constantly spending energy digesting, energy it could have spent healing.  And right now, healing is my goal.  

After waking up, I mediate, do my morning pages, and then start writing.  In the afternoon, I exercise.  The other day I rode my bicycle up a 9 km climb.  I felt fantastic and this after over 20 hours of fasting.  I ride to the fruit market, grab my dinner,  and sit down to a feast.  I usually eat around 4 to 6 pm.  I go for a sunset walk, do some journalling, read, and then I am in bed by 9:30 or so.  

I am curious to see if I can push the training limits and still eat once a day, but this is a task for later.  For now it feels really good to give the body a bit of break from digestion.  I highly suggest you give it a try.

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