You may have heard the hype – I had, so I picked up a copy of the “Crazy, Sexy Diet” by Kris Carr. With a foreward by Dean Ornish, M.D. (Mr. low-fat guru), Carr has big guns supporting her premise that eating a plant-rich diet focused on healthy, unprocessed foods can actually save your life. She also has her own medical history to support her. Struck with a rare type of cancer with a horrific prognosis, Carr took her health into her own hands and decided her toxic lifestyle was doing her no good. She went to school to get a degree in nutrition and adopted a vegan – nearly raw – diet and stabilized her cancer. Oh, it’s still there – but instead of dying in a few months, she’s 7 years post-diagnosis and strong and energetic. Her story alone is inspiring, and its enough for me to forgive her the sassy (a nice way of saying annoying) tone of the book.
She asks, “what is your cancer?” and challenges you to combat it. You cancer could be too much weight, a toxic relationship, heart disease…she offers her diet plan as a way to deal. The Crazy, Sexy diet is low-fat, vegetarian (preferably vegan) that involves a lot of green smoothies. You reduce (or eliminate) your consumption of inflammatory foods: red meat, processed sugars, refined flours to bolster your health and naturally lose weight. It begins with a 21 day cleanse to kick off your new eating plan.
While I like the concepts, information and message of the book, I have a lot of problem tolerating her tone. To me, it’s not cute, it’s just ridiculous. The other issues I have:
1) Start every day with a green drink. Yes, most of us do not get enough green veggies, but I am a fan of eating the whole vegetable – not just the juice. I prefer a vita-mixed green smoothie with a little substance too – I don’t get the sense that she is a big exerciser…and well, a green drink only isn’t going to fuel 2 classes, a lift and a run before lunch.
2) It’s drastic for most people. Heck, it asks a lot of me and I already eat vegan. It is also a substantial amount of work – juicing, sprouting, cooking. While she offers a less-committed plan, it is still intense. Improving your diet, even in baby steps, can help improve your health. I don’t want you to get the impression that it lifestyle changes are an all or nothing venture or that you will die the moment you eat an Oreo (although, no promises….you might).
3) Affirmations – I suppose this is the clincher in the book for some people. For me, it’s just too much. Perhaps I’m a cynic.
Those are some pretty mild issues with an otherwise valuable book. The copy I have is from the library, but I’ll probably pick it up because it has some fantastic recipes in the back from well-known vegan and raw chefs. A southwest black bean and roasted sweet potato burger, palak paneer (vegan) and shaved kale/avocado salad are enough to sell me.