For a few weeks now I’m a proud owner of Kris Carr‘s Crazy Sexy Diet (Gobe Pequot Press, 2011). I’ve finished reading the book, and not for the first time: I first picked it up last year from the library after a woman sipping on a fresh juice told me about it while I was working in Toronto. “Read it,” she said. “It will change your life.”
This is one of those books that I imagine myself reading again and again. Carr tells her eating advice in a simple, comical and inspiring way. She breaks things like the body’s pH balance and the glycemic index of common foods down in a way that is easy to understand. However, if you are like me, you may to read her lovely words over a few times before her knowledge starts to sink in; her way of eating and looking at food and health was really a whole new (yet exciting) ride for me.
Carr basically advocates for a plant-based, low glycemic-index (GI) diet. In her experience, our bodies reach their optimal states of health when we consume plenty of foods high in chlorophyll, like kale, sprouts of all kinds, leaks, broccoli, brussell sprouts, etc. etc. She recommends that we eat way more alkaline (fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lentils, nuts, seeds, avocados, etc.) foods than acidic foods (meats, dairy, sugar, coffee, processed foods, alcohol, etc.) to balance out the pH in the body.
If all this sounds like gibberish, I truly recommend picking up her book and reading about her health journey. The girl’s done a ton of health and nutrition research and she brings it wonderfully together on the pages of Crazy Sexy Diet. She also includes raw vegan recipes and experts from number of health professionals who also advocate for a plant-powered diet. I especially loved her down-to-earth, simply funny use of words. “Be a veggie vixen,” she writes, “when you understand how your enthusiasm for Crazy Sexy Diet will grow like beans up a pole. Science is sexy and exciting!”
I’m sold. Of course I won’t always be able to always eat the way Carr recommends, especially in restaurants or when I’m on the run, but I do think that adding more raw fruits and vegetables diets is quite simply a super-duper, healthy thing to do. I also love how the book touches on important issues like industrial farming, animal welfare and the plastic waste from our food choices. This book is surely empowering in way more ways than one!