So ‘Crazy’ It Just Might Work: Kris Carr, ‘Crazy Sexy Diet’
Posted By Vicky Hallett
12:00 AM on January 18, 2011
When Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in 2003, doctors told her there was no treatment and no cure. But instead of opting for a watch-and-wait approach, she went with watch-and-live. “That was what I could control — what I eat, drink and think,” says Carr, who chronicled the ensuing journey in the documentary “Crazy Sexy Cancer.”
With her new book, “Crazy Sexy Diet” ($25, Skirt!), Carr hopes to answer people’s questions about what she’s done to keep her disease dormant. Catch her book signings Saturday at noon at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw (1341 L St. NW; 202-347-8349) and Sunday at 4 p.m. at Borders (8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va.; 703-556-7766).
How much has your lifestyle changed since the diagnosis?
It’s been a radical 360. I was in my early 30s, and I didn’t realize there were consequences. I was a junk food lover, I smoked, I partied, I ran myself into the ground. And I had a laundry list of aches and pains.
Crazy Sexy DietYou touch on both poop and pee in the book. Why do we need to test our urine with litmus strips?
This is really an anti-inflammatory diet, and that requires eating less acidic foods and more alkaline foods. The strips for your pee just provide a snapshot of where you are. I used the pH strips to test my urine in the beginning because I was being a detective about it.
And the colonics?
People think it’s so radical, but fake food is radical. If you need some help getting it out, get it. You just need to follow it up with probiotics.
What’s the purpose of your 21-day adventure cleanse?
Most of us aren’t making the best choices. This is a plan that you can take for a test drive. Will there be bumps along the way? That depends how crappy your diet is. If you’re already eating a healthy diet but want to take it to the next level, maybe you’ll find going gluten-free will push you over the edge. Grab that bikini and dive! Or, you can dip your toe into this and just do as much as you’re willing.
How do you make these changes without feeling deprived?
My theory is to add sunshine and goodness to people’s lives. My daily juice is green and delicious, not a swamp in a glass. Have a salad with a meal. That’s adding, not subtracting. This diet has given me so much, including longevity. So many of the foods we indulge in make us sick. You’re really depriving yourself of health.
What’s the one thing everyone should start eating immediately?
My motto is make juice, not war. That’s my medicine. Chlorophyll is your best friend. It douses us in minerals, oxygen, phytonutrients — everything our cells need. I drink 16 ounces in the morning and another 16 ounces in the afternoon. Since I was diagnosed eight years ago, I’ve never had a cold.
What’s the one thing everyone should stop eating immediately?
Fast food. It’s going to give you nothing but heartache, literally. If it’s made in a laboratory, if it has a shelf life longer than you, it’s creating dis-ease in your life.
Why put a section about meditation in a diet book?
Stress lowers your pH, causes inflammation and makes your cortisol levels spike. There are places where we might be stuck in stinking thinking, so it’s important we spend some time with self-reflection. It’s not just what you’re eating, but what’s eating you. If you have the “perfect” diet but are riddled with stress and anxiety, that’s not good. It’s not just about health. It’s about happiness.