The Green Chicas Model will shift your lifestyle. It is not about calorie counting. Or going to the gym three hours a day. The Green Chicas Model helps you to change your lifestyle, forever, and helps you to avoid those crash diets and fads that lead you nowhere! The Green Chicas Model is all about teaching you how to balance your diet and be the best you. It’s not something that comes naturally for most. A very important element of the Green Chicas Model is detoxing.
Raw food eating is a natural detox for your body. If you practice the Green Chicas Model, you will be detoxing on a daily basis, removing toxins, unwanted belly bulge, and reducing inflammation. Who doesn’t want a flatter tummy?
Holistic nutrition practices reflect the idea that all decisions can impact wellness. For instance, if I eat a greasy burger, this decision not only impacts my digestion, it impacts every system in my body– even my psychological health. The concept that everything in the Universe is related has some influence over holistic eating. It is obvious that our organ systems are related– so when one organ system is not functioning properly, others may suffer, as well. And, this affects the whole body.
I like to think of the effects from eating junk as a domino-effect. By repeatedly consuming processed foods, your body can develop degenerative diseases, which usually start with insulin resistance or diabetes. No, you won’t get type 2 diabetes from eating one piece of cake every time you are at a birthday party, but if you are consuming a highly-processed, non-plant-based diet on a regular basis, you increase your chances, dramatically.
With this knowledge, people who abide by holistic dietary guidelines think about the implications of their food (and beverage) consumption. A holistic eater would consider the fact that although they may not lose a limb from a lack of nutrition, their body will respond with a spike in blood-sugar from processed foods, which increases inflammation all over the body. Inflammation can cause pain, limit mobility, create mucus or allergies, or even cause cancer.
Someone who eats in a holistic manner is educated on both the negative and positive affects that dietary standards can have on their health and body, and make decisions for their well-being based on this knowledge. Holistic eaters typically follow a more plant-based eating standard. Foods that are less-processed (or not processed at all), less chemically-treated, and less sugary are going to be the common food sources holistic eaters consume.
If you are interested in having a holistically-sound diet, you can start to integrate holistic principles into your eating and drinking habits. This method may be easier for people who are interested in bettering their health, but do not have much knowledge or a background of holistic eating. Even if you have never tried holistic eating in the past, you can start changing your habits today. Some progress is still progress! The Raw Green Chica would encourage you to eat as holistically as possible to reap maximum health benefits.
Some guidelines for a holistic nutritional program:
- Drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of purified water daily. Dehydration is something that affects all organ systems’ functioning.
- Choose organic food to avoid pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, herbicides, GMO, and irradiated foods. Organic food has more nutritional value and tastes better.
- Eat whole grains like: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, organic corn, millet, oats, quinoa, brown rice, sorghum, & rye.
- Purchase locally-grown (as local as possible) fruits & vegetables.
- Eat essential fatty acids: extra virgin olive oil, organic, flax, avocado, chia seeds, wild-caught salmon
- Eat raw and minimally-processed foods. These are often called “whole foods.” Whole foods contain more nutrients and active enzymes.
- Eat a variety! The more colors, the better!
- Refined sugar, high fructose corn sugar, artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Sweet n’ Lo, NutraSweet, Equal).
- Salt- no more than 2,300 mg of salt per day
- Coffee & soda
- Trans & saturated fats
- Food additives
- GMO foods