Doesn’t it sometimes feel like eating healthy is a great mystery? And if you add eating holistically into your quest, the journey can seem even more mysterious and intimidating.
Many don’t know where to start outside of upping their spinach or kale in-take when it comes to pursuing more balanced nutrition.
Taking a holistic approach to eating healthier is simple. It just requires gaining awareness about a few golden rules to get you on your way to Holistic Goddess status.
Eat as close to whole foods as possible
Eating holistically in essence means taking your nutrition to a deeper but also more basic level at the same time. When the choice is available opt to eat whole foods.
Meaning, instead of canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, get them straight from the produce section. Or instead of frozen Lean Cuisine lasagna, make a simple tomato and mozzarella whole wheat pasta dinner.
Herbs serve as the foundation for eating holistically. To truly reap the benefits of adding herbs into your holistic eating endeavors, there are three categories of herbs to keep stocked in your kitchen.
Adaptogen herbs strengthen your immune system.
Common adaptogens to have on hand include:
- Ginger Root
- Maca Root (enhances physical performance)
- Maitake Mushrooms
Anti-Inflammatory herbs balance out your digestive system.
Common anti-inflammatory herbs to have on hand include:
- Alfalfa (helps to regulate estrogen levels in women)
Anti-Bacterial herbs are used in response to a health issue or to prevent them; colds, viruses and allergies, for example.
Common anti-bacterial herbs to have on hand include:
- Cayenne pepper
- Eucalyptus (a strong cold and flu fighter)
- Lemon grass
You can add these herbs into your diet in a number of ways from adding them to your food, to your tea or organic fair trade coffee or water, to taking them in pill form as a supplement.
Eat Throughout The Day
Eating throughout the day is necessary because it helps you to burn calories faster and boosts your metabolism.
A quick eating rule is this:
Eat five small meals a day or three meals and two fruit and vegetable smoothies along with 2-3 glasses of detox water. Ideal detox water combinations include lemons and limes, raw honey and ginger or cucumbers and curry.
To truly take your eating to a holistic level, end your day with a cup of herbal green tea and lemon juice.
Eat Meats That Were Fed A Vegetarian Diet
The phrase, “We are what we eat” couldn’t be more true than it is today. Modern diets now consist of eating meats that are filled with hormones and antibiotics. And if you are eating meats that have been fed processed foods that contain harmful chemicals, then I am sure you can only imagine the unhealthy strain that doing so puts on your body.
However, as consumers we do have choices available to us when it comes to the meats we eat. When shopping buy meats that have the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) seal of “Vegetarian Fed” or “Grass Fed” on the packaging.
Eating meats that meet this standard is a chief golden rule of eating holistically, because you are eating food that is as close to whole foods as possible. You are eliminating excess toxins from your diet this way, which leads to the next golden rule.
Eat Certified Organic Fruits and Vegetables
The same logic with meats applies to fruits and vegetables as well when eating holistically. When you eat organic fruits and vegetables you are giving your body the opportunity to be nourished at the highest level for optimal health.
To be considered USDA certified organic, fruits and vegetables must contain no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and have not been exposed to sewage.
They are easy to spot because they will have the 100% USDA Organic sticker on them.
To discover the highest concentration of 100% certified organic fruits and vegetables, visit your area’s Farmers Market. Most Farmers Markets carry a much higher percentage of certified organic produce versus most major grocery stores, where only about 4% of their produce is certified organic.
Ditch The Guilt
This will sound counter intuitive to eating holistically because doing so requires a higher level of self-awareness, but I am going to go ahead and say it, ditch the guilt.
- It doesn’t matter if you get your groceries from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s or the corner bodega.
- If you didn’t buy grass fed ground chuck this week, don’t sweat it.
- Skip your green smoothie if the idea of eating spinach one more time this week bores you to tears.
Getting healthier and eating holistically can feel like a race towards wellness where bragging rights and self-image are the ultimate wins. However, going that route can lead you to a rabbit hole of choices that may result in guilt when you do have to deviate from your perfect holistic plan.
Ditching guilt is by far one of the most important golden rules of eating holistically for long-term benefits of living healthy.
The golden rules to eating holistically do require some mindful application and commitment, but doing so will allow you to strengthen the foundation of your health.
During your journey keep in mind the ultimate benefits of eating holistically: less stress, better sleep, glowing skin and a balanced digestive system, to name a few.
Once you get into the rhythm of eating holistically your body, mind and spirit will experience newfound radiance, and that is simply golden.
About the Contributor
CJ Childress is a holistic health coach, indie author and owner of a healthy meal delivery service in Houston, Texas. She began her journey with healthy living as a child by drinking green smoothies and eating organic peanut butter. But after watching her young mother die in 2012 from a rare autoimmune disease she became more convinced than ever that food really is medicine. She works with women to break their addiction to dangerous foods and heal their relationship with their bodies through a fun and focused 60-day transformational program.