Hello health nuts!
I recently finished reading the Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr and wanted to give a little summary and my opinion of the book.
“Health is more than the absence of disease; it is the presence of vitality.” There is no better quote to summarize my definition of health.
The Crazy Sexy Diet is a low-fat, vegetarian or vegan diet that focuses on low-glycemic whole foods to balance the ph of your body and reduce inflammation.
Low-fat: This aspect of the diet took my by surprise when I initially read it. From the get go she states the diet is low-fat, however no where in the book does she say to avoid fats. In fact she emphasizes the importance of Omega 3's to reduce inflammation. In addition the recipes contain nuts, seeds and oils, so I don’t consider it to be actually low fat, just an “oil change” from bad fats to healthy fats.
Alkalizing: She encourages us to consume 60-80% alkaline foods and 20-40% acidic. If you are wondering which foods are acidic and which are alkaline, there is a handy chart you can check out here. Basically, fruits and vegetables are alkaline and all processed, refined food are acidic. However, healthy foods such as olive oil, beans and grains are considered to be acidic, but that doesn’t mean we should not eat them! 20-40% of our diet should comprise of these foods. There is such a thing as too-alkaline, so it really is about finding the balance.
Anti-inflammatory: Many medical professionals are beginning to acknowledge how much damage inflammation causes in the body, stating that it is the "root cause of all disease." Dr. Andrew Weil, has a an anti-inflammatory food pyramid and Kris also addresses the importance of an anti-inflammatory diet and suggests using foods like turmeric, ginger, garlic and olive oil to cool inflammation in the body.
Low Glycemic: Eating low glycemic foods will help control and stabilize blood glucose levels, preventing insulin resistance, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. (Personally, I take the GI with a grain of salt. I mean, a Snickers bar has about the same glycemic index as cooked carrots...)
For those who are up to the challenge, she provides guidelines for a 21 Day Cleanse which involves eliminating or avoiding the following foods:
-Processed, refined and high glycemic foods
-Gluten (She recommends that everyone experiment with a gluten free diet since many people find that it causes them a lot of digestive problems)
-Chemicals and toxic products (She recommends using natural skin care products)
Emphasize the following:
-Green drinks and smoothies (preferably, you would consume only these until noon for optimal detoxification)
-Raw or lightly steamed veggies
-Juice fasts (1 day a week for further detoxification)
-Prayer and Positive Affirmations
-Yoga and Meditation
-Dry brushing and Sweating to help remove toxins
-Supplements and Superfoods
What I loved about this book:
-I have said many times that I believe health is all-encompassing, it is not simply what we eat or if we exercise. It is mind, body and spirit, and I love that Kris addresses that in this book. She acknowledges that our health is impacted not only by what we consume physically (food and drinks), but also by what we consume figuratively (our thoughts, ideas, emotions, etc).
-While this book is filled with tons of great information, it can be a bit overwhelming for those who are not familiar with this type of lifestyle. In addition, with all the different diets, detoxes and cleanses, there is so much contradictory information that as an audience it is so easy to get confused. In the book Kris recommends consuming only raw veggie juices until lunch. You may read this book and think “Green juice for breakfast? Aren’t I suppose to ‘eat breakfast like a king?’” Well, to each his own. Our bodies are all unique so you have to find out what works best for you.
While none of the information in this book was new to me, or something I have not studied before, her spunky, funky, positive attitude made the book a fun read!
What do you need to detox from?
-Junk foods (soda, candy, sugars)?
-Energy-suckers? (The type of people that always seems to put you in a funk when you are around them?)
Everyone has a different idea of what it means to detox or cleanse. I have tried juice fasts, elimination diets and an unsuccessful master cleanse (I attempted to start after a night of drinking, yes this was my pre-health counselor days!). I did not do any of these for weight loss, I did them to try it and see how I felt. I am the type of person that likes to see for myself what all the fuss is about. I personally feel that if done correctly and for the right reasons, cleansing can be an important part of good health. How do you feel about detoxes? Have you done a detox before?