Roughly ten years ago, Kris Carr was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She was told her condition was slow-moving but inoperable, and the best she could do was make peace with the world and enjoy what little time she had left.
A young actress with a party-hard lifestyle at the time, Carr channeled all her energy into figuring out how to make herself well, and now describers herself as a “cancer thriver,” rather than a cancer survivor. Thanks to the changes she made, she feels healthier now than she did before her diagnosis. Her blood work is stable, and as far as her doctors can tell, she and her cancer have reached a detente. Wowza!
“This whiskey tango foxtrot moment (that’s military lingo for WTF?!) sparked a deep desire in me to stop holding back and start living like I mean it!” Carr wrote on her website. “I wanted to feel better, love harder and enjoy my life more fully. So I hit the road on a deep healing pilgrimage and have never looked back. Nearly ten years later, my life is truly, madly magical–even with cancer. If I can pull that off, just imagine what YOU can do!”
I’m moderately addicted to healthy lifestyle books like Skinny Bitch and The Beauty Detox Solution, and everyone raves about Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet (named after her Crazy Sexy Cancer documentary). It — as well as her cookbook, Crazy Sexy Kitchen — boast must-read reviews from everyone from Whole Foods founder John Mackey to celebs like Kerry Washington.
So what’s at the heart of what seemingly stopped Carr’s cancer in its tracks? What transformed her from a desperate cancer patient to someone who “glows,” according to those who know her?
Carr says it’s an abundance of veggies (including daily green juices or green smoothies), cutting out meat, dairy and simple carbohydrates, and drastically cutting down on foods that spike your blood sugar. Combined with a more positive lifestyle — whether you pray or meditate, Carr says it’s impossible to attain complete wellness while neglecting your spiritual self — the self-described wellness warrior defied the odds and has impacted countless others.
“Prevention is HOT” she says. Don’t wait until you have some awful disease to take charge of your life and take care of the only place you have to live. But the Crazy Sexy Diet is much more than that. By filling your life with an abundance of organic produce, Carr says you can soar and do more than you ever dreamed of.
“Do you have any idea what it’s like to feel blissfully whole and comfortable in your skin? Do you know what it’s like to be centered and grounded yet filled with an abundant supply of zippy energy? You will,” she promises. “There are many things that are out of your control… yet you actually have a lot of power over your health, happiness, and life — and it all starts with your mouth. What you put in it, and the words that come out of it, determine your destiny.”
Saying yes to your health “creates an auspicious shift in other areas of your life,” Carr adds. In her case, not only has she stemmed the tide of a deadly disease, she has risen to the top of her field, becoming a bestselling author featured everywhere from the New York Times to Oprah.
“A new job, passion, or cause presents itself,” she writes. “An abandoned dream gets a second shot. Fulfilling relationships replace one-way streets. A health issue stabilizes and in some cases reverses. One thing is certain: gorgeous you will glimmer inside and out.”
Crazy Sexy Diet is definitely longer than most books of its genre, and it gets a little unnecessarily political at times (“How did [I get cancer]? I was good, followed the rules … For God’s sake, I was a Democrat…!”). But if you have a little extra free time, I’d definitely say it’s worth the read.