Crazy Sexy Diet was one of the first books I read when I started my health and wellness journey in 2010. I can honestly say it changed my life. This book is mostly geared towards woman, but men can read it too. Kris Carr is sassy, funny, witty and unapologetically honest. She does not mince words when it comes to health, and it’s that honesty that opens your eyes to whats going on around you and within you.
Kris was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day 2003. One doctor said her cancer was incurable and she had 10 years to live, while another doctor said she needed a triple organ transplant. She refused to accept aggressive treatments, as well as, sitting around and waiting to die. Kris decided to become CEO of her own health. Her first step was to completely overhaul her model/partying/New York City lifestyle. She started taking care of herself physically, spiritually and emotionally. One massive change was adopting a low fat, plant based diet. Fourteen years later, she is not only surviving, she is thriving. She became a wellness warrior and shares the information she has learned in this book.
One major health concept that is mentioned throughout Crazy Sexy Diet is the acid-alkaline balance in our bodies, a.k.a. pH levels. Take your mind back to high school for a second… the pH scale rages from 1 to 14. 1 being most acidic and 14 being most alkaline. Health conditions can be traced back to an acidic environment, which can be caused by junk food, sugar, meat, dairy, lack of exercise, anger, stress, drugs, etc. An acidic environment is a breeding ground for bad bacteria and cancerous cells, however, alkaline conditions keep these things in check. How do we make our body more alkaline? Eat more alkaline foods like veggies, greens, fresh organic juices and smoothies.
Kris says the most important step you can take at this moment is cutting out dairy. Dairy causes mucus build up and a variety of illnesses. I have personal experience with this. A year after I went vegan, I decided to experiment and see what happened when I ate yogurt every day for 2 weeks. After one week, I had daily sinus headaches, a runny nose and a thick layer of phlegm at the back of my throat. Super gross, I know! But what Kris says is true. Cut out dairy and you will feel the difference.
Kris also suggests staying away from meat. Animal proteins are considered strong acids and it takes a great amount of energy and stress on your kidneys and liver to neutralize these strong acids. Animal protein has no fiber, so it sits in your intestinal track far longer than plant-based food. Overall, meat and dairy are very taxing on our system.
According to Kris, one of the best things you can feed your body is green juice. Greens are extremely alkalizing. They balance your pH levels, give your body tons of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein and oxygen. The Chlorophyll within the greens strengthens your immune system, improves circulation, eases inflammation and counteracts harmful free radicals. That is amazing! What’s more, the amount of greens you can fit into one juice will blow your mind.
For the past month, I’ve been having a green juice every morning. Let me tell you, it has completely changed the way I eat. I have stopped drinking coffee because I get such a burst of energy from the juice. As a self-proclaimed coffee addict, that is a miracle! In addition, I am not as hungry throughout the day because my body is getting so many nutrients at a cellular level, and as a result, I am watching the pounds fall off.
I decided to make Kris’s Make Juice Not War green juice. You can find the recipe here. I loved it! I had my mom try it for a second opinion and she loved it too! This juice is the perfect balance between sweet and green-y.
If you pick up one health & wellness book, let it be this. Kris is spunky, sassy and tells it like it is. You will laugh as you learn. I cannot say enough good things about this book.