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Not so much a diet,
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Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet is more a way of life than a diet.
Carr is an inspiration: many people who've gotten her diagnosis, or something similar, are all too willing to take meds and give up. I very much appreciate the lesson she teaches, that you can fix yourself from the inside out. A lot of the things that we've been taught about food are myths and products of subsidies and other deals. Eating right and being healthy is not hard if you want it. If you can get over your addictions to sugar and the like, you can change your life. She makes sense.
As for me, I can tell you that while I was eating healthfully as Carr teaches, I felt great. Just being and eating clean opened up sources of energy I never knew I had. Even my attitude was better. I have since relapsed with my addiction to sugar, and I have to reread this book and snap out of that. These kinds of books are what you make them. It is important to note here that not all of the dietary restrictions that Carr prescribes will work for everyone, and she advocates doing what works for you.
The juicing portion of the book is invaluable. The vitamins and minerals in fresh vegetables and fruits are what moves your system. I was a little disappointed that there were not more recipes, but Carr has just come out with a new book devoted specifically to juicing and blending.
An alkaline diet is also important. Think about it: if you can feel the acidity in your body in your chest every night after dinner, say, best to avoid those foods, isn't it? Germs and viruses thrive in alkaline conditions. If you could change just a few things in your diet and rid yourself of the flu, bronchitis, yeast infections, bacterial infections, etc., wouldn't you? I've eliminated certain things in my diet and I've stuck with it, but I'm not going to tell you I don;'t still crave them. Take soda, for example. I was a big diet soda drinker, since childhood all the way up until a year or so ago. Every once in a while, I crave a Coke like you wouldn't believe, but any carbonated drink wreaks havoc on your gastrointestinal system. Soda is a rare treat rather than the norm in my life. I'm also starting to reconsider milk. As I get older, i find my system doesn't tolerate what it used to, and milk falls into this category. The challenge is that I've grown up, and am still told by my mother, that milk and dairy is the way to get your calcium. That's not necessarily so. Why is it more expensive to eat healthy and so much cheaper to hit McDonald's every night? Because of government subsidies.
I see that a lot of people here are hung up on the language Carr uses. Way to miss the point. But I realize her tone doesn't work for everyone. Personally, I thought the conversational tone, and yes, her use of curse words, is just right for a book that is really geared toward people who have partied too much and made themselves sick. The language is a masterful move.
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2012 2:26:46 PM PST
You said "germs and viruses thrive in an alkaline environment" - shouldn't that be the opposite? I'm confuzzled! I thought alkaline = good, acidic = bad?
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