Eat Like a Chimpanzee: Review of Green for Life

Written by on December 6, 2006 in Books, Health, Reviews

Victoria Boutenko and her family were plagued with numerous health problems. In poor health his whole life, her husband Igor had progressive hyperthyroidism and chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Mainstream medicine had no answers for Igor. Victoria weighed 280 pounds and was constantly tired and depressed. Her daughter had asthma and allergies and her son had juvenile diabletes.

Victoria decided that they need to do something different to get different results, so she studied nutrition and she put the whole family on a raw food diet. They saw their health improve dramatically. In only four months the Boutenko’s ran the “Bolder Boulder” 10K race! The Boutenko’s enjoyed the healthful benefits of a raw food diet for seven years–weight control, increased energy, clearer thinking and loss of food craving. After seven years, however, their cravings for junk foods started to return, and their health level seemed to plateau.

Victoria continued her research and uncovered the shortcomings of a raw diet–the lack of green plants and blossoms. She discovered that chimpanzees, who share 99% of our DNA, get many of their nutrients and essential amino acids (proteins) from greens. Chimpanzees have a very low incidence of cancers and other debilitating diseases that are common in humans. Here in the south, grandmother encouraged us to “eat our greens”. Today, greens are now found as garnish for our meat and potatoes world. Obesity, chronic constipation, and a host of other “modern world” illnesses plague Americans. Is it any wonder, when our daily intake of natural, unprocessed foods is almost zero? The average chimpanzee eats 300 grams of fiber a day. Fiber acts like a broom to sweep out toxins in the body. The recommended level of fiber in the American diet? 20 to 30 grams. The average level? Less than 15 grams.

Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko, documents the discovery of her green-based diet. Filled with nutritional research comparisions, charts, testimonials, and recipes, this paperback is the essential guide to getting started on a healthful, green-filled nutritional plan for you and your family.

From the inside cover:

“Victoria has developed a series of green smoothie recipes that enable anyone to consume the necessary amount of greens in a palatable way. Victoria introduces the idea of blending, rather than juicing, as being the superior way to ingest greens, for the very necessary insoluble fiber, which is essential for healing and maintenance of our elimination systems. Also documented is a study in which a group of regular people drink a one quart green smoothie every day for a month, in addition to their regular diet. One pound of certain greens can give you your RDA of all nine essential amino acids, not to mention an abundance of vitamins and minerals.”

Softcover – 186 pages. Buy it at


About Tony Cecala

Tony is a business strategist. He publishes the Holistic Networker and produces the Wellness Expo. In his spare time he reads about technology and the mind.


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About the Author: Tony is a business strategist. He publishes the Holistic Networker and produces the Wellness Expo. In his spare time he reads about technology and the mind. .


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