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Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! Hardcover – January 17, 2011
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What people are saying about Kris Carr and her Crazy Sexy Revolution…
“Kris Carr titillatingly turns a supermarket into a pharmacy.”—Dr. Mehmet Oz
“When Kris speaks you can hear a pin drop. She is a fresh, authentic, and empowering voice.”—Marianne Williamson
“Kris is a ray of light, a true leader of courage and inspiration.”—Donna Karan
“I love Kris Carr, she glows. It’s not just because of what she’s done, which is extraordinary. It’s who she is.”—Dean Ornish, M.D.
“Thank God Kris is one of those women who has the courage and generosity to share her experience. I love Kris' book!”—Sheryl Crow
“I am personally inspired by her example in leading the way for people to take control of their bodies and their health.”—T. Colin Campbell, PhD
“Crazy Sexy Diet is a must-have if you’re ready to take control of your health. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.”—Neal Barnard, M.D.
“That Kris’ book landed in your lap is no coincidence—it is actually a miracle.”—Rory Freedman, co-author of Skinny Bitch
“A riveting new film.”—Oprah Winfrey on "Crazy Sexy Cancer"
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So what got me hooked finally? Well, I was already vegan when I finally read it - had been for about a year - but I was still in that new phase of veganism where everything is new and exciting and where all you want in the world is to devour every piece of information you can get your hands on. As a person interested in science, medicine and alternative therapies - I study holistic health, and originally became vegan for health reasons - vegan nutrition and lifestyle books were at the top of my interest list. Still I wasn’t about to go out and buy this book - that pesky diet word again - but when I saw it at my local library I thought, why not?
I took it home, and read it cover to cover. I was inspired, enthralled, and amazed. I didn’t learn anything new about veganism by reading this book, but I learnt a lot about other alternative therapies, and I learnt a lot about raw foods. I found Kris Carr to have an easy-going and down to earth style. She is who she is and she doesn’t hide it or change it for anyone. Yeah she swears, yeah she talks a bit like a valley girl sometimes, some people don’t like that, but it doesn’t bother me. Her story of beating incurable cancer is awe-inspiring and amazing, it still blows my mind
Kris Carr and her personality are only one of the great things about this book. The book itself is beautiful, I love the layout, it’s fun, and easy to take in and absorb. I love the breakdown of the book, and I love the varied information contained within the pages. It’s this variety that makes this book a lifestyle book not a diet book, and anyone who uses this book strictly as a diet book is missing the point in my opinion. This book should be used as a guide, a handy ‘how to’ or ‘what to do’ or ‘how to eat’ resource, but not necessarily a bible.
I think ti’s wonderful that Carr also includes a ton of resources in the book, including books, websites, organizations, supplements, vitamins, even protein powders. She talks about enemas, yoga, dry brushing, detoxing, juicing, green smoothies, meditation, giving thanks, and all that other cool ‘health’ and ‘hippy’ stuff that so many people shy away from. She also fills the book with practical information about factory farming and how animals raised for human consumption are treated. Again, this was stuff I already knew, but I think all of her writing is so perfectly clear and easy to understand that for a novice to this lifestyle it will be a compelling and thought-provoking read.
Carr also includes a 21 day cleanse for people to follow to reboot their health. I actually never did the 21 day cleanse but I loved reading through it. About a year after I borrowed this book from the library I bought my own copy and I used it just this past January as a guide for a month long whole foods cleanse that I embarked on, mostly I followed the food portion, not the other parts, but I would like to do the entire cleanse in full someday.
Lastly one of the things I can say with certainly about this book is that Carr is so enthusiastic about juicing that her juicing fever really hooked me. I didn’t buy a juicer right after reading this book but the seed had been planted and I finally took the plunge last year after watching “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.” I’ve never looked back, and I love it. I have Kriss Car and Joe Cross to thank for that.
As for recipes I’ve tried,
Urban Zen Juice - Pretty good
Green Guru Smoothie - Pretty good
Woodstock Peace Salad - Loved it
Tahini Dressing - Loved it
Cabbage Hemp Salad - Loved it
Sweet Dijon Vinaigrette - Loved it
Miso Carrot Dressing - Loved it
Buddha Bowl - Loved it
Southwest Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Burger - Loved it
Asian Medly (Stir Raw) - Loved it
Avocado Chocolate Pudding - Loved it
The only thing I found disappointing is that there weren’t more recipes. I was also disappointed that only a few of the recipes were actually written by Carr herself. Most of the recipes come courtesy of celebrity vegan chefs or, other prominent vegans. Other then that I loved the book, and I’ve actually bought it for a few friends and inspired a few friends to buy their own copy just from talking about how much I loved it. So far noone I’ve given a copy to has been disappointed and so I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in making a change in their life.
Like many of us who've fought weight, I've read a lot of diet books. I typically read them and then, having gleaned the core ideas, sell them at a local book store. I'll be hanging on to this one. Carr's voice is so inspiring and her plan so adjustable, I know that when I 'fall off the wagon' I'll be motivated to get back on track just by rereading some of her text.