Just Another ‘Mono’ Monday #1 – The Healthy Fats Of The Avocado, Blackberries For Digestive Health


Alright, I’m not sure if this actually found it’s wait to you on a Monday. I just felt inspired to title it that way! The content though, it is my hope, will have value regardless.

Each week, for an unforeseeable amount of time, I will be sharing a bit about some of my favorite foods. Excited?

But first…

What does “mono” mean?

The “mono” part of all of this stems from my belief that, to get the most out of a particular food… to get all the potential “goodness” that comes from it, it should be consumed alone, raw, and on an empty stomach. Beyond that, it should be chewed very very well, and liquefied in the mouth, and mixed well with saliva before swallowing. No liquids should be consumed during the process, and no other foods should be consumed for at least 20 minutes after.

Then, and only then, I feel… you will get max value from the food. Sound boring? Well, perhaps you can make an experiment out of it. Try each food, and get a new taste for it.

They may taste different depending on the level of ripeness, how they were grown, where they were grown, the soil they came from… whether chemicals were sprayed on them during the process, etc etc.

Were they picked and grown with love? Is that a factor in the flavour or the nutritional value? Hard to say. But maybe!

Try these foods. Sprout their seeds. Learn their history.

Understand how they can improve your health.

Maybe even say to yourself or out loud, before or after (or during if you prefer), how thankful you are that the food that you are enjoying provides the benefits of this, that, and the other thing.

Perhaps, after all of this, you can learn a new appreciation for food. You may eat less, or more, and with more mindfulness. Not saying that you don’t now, but there’s always room for a little improvement I feel. At least in my life their is.

Health Benefits of Avocado


Let’s begin with the avo. All alone, not in your favorite guac recipe!

Grown on the Persea Americana tree, the avocado fruit is also commonly referred to as an Alligator Pear, thanks to its leathery skin and its pear shape.

Research shows that consuming just one cup of fresh avocado can increase the absorption of carotenoids by 400% in later meals. However, to fully reap the benefits of the carotenoids found in the avocado itself, you must be mindful when peeling the fruit. Do not cut into the dark green flesh if possible, as this is where the big benefits are. (1)

Now it is true that the avocado is high in fat. In fact, the majority of its calories come from fat, but it is what scientist’s call the good fat, such as the fat found in olive oil, and can actually help with weight loss. (2)

Blackberries Nutritional Benefits


A single serving of blackberries, which is about 1 cup, contains 62 calories and less than 1 gram of fat, but is also packed full of important nutrients.

Two of the biggest health benefits you can receive from eating blackberries are cardiovascular and digestive. Thanks to blackberries being high in fiber, they can help naturally lower your cholesterol levels, which helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. (1)

Just one cup of blackberries is packed with 8 grams of fiber and 308 IU of Vitamin A, which both help in keeping your digestive tract healthy. The Vitamin C and K found in blackberries, which one serving provides 29 micrograms of Vitamin K and 3 milligrams of Vitamin C, benefit your bones. The Vitamin K activates the proteins needed for new bone mineral tissues, while the Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen. (2)

Michelle Bosmier
Raw Michelle is a natural health blogger and researcher, sharing her passions with others, using the Internet as her medium. She discusses topics in a straightforward way in hopes to help people from all walks of life achieve optimal health and well-being. She has authored and published hundreds of articles on topics such as the raw food diet and green living in general.

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