New York Times
November 16, 2011
By TARA PARKER-POPE
Kris Carr is a self-described “wellness warrior,” a cancer survivor best known for her upbeat advice about a “healing” lifestyle that includes a plant-based diet and spiritual sustenance.
Ms. Carr was 31 when she learned she had Stage IV epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, a rare form of vascular cancer that had generated tumors on her liver and lungs. Ms. Carr had a less aggressive form of the disease and, determined to keep it from progressing, set out on a total “lifestyle upgrade” that included adopting a vegan diet, daily shots of green juice and a posse of positive, irreverent young women she calls “cancer babes.’’ A documentary about her cancer experience, called “Crazy Sexy Cancer,” led to books, blogging, wellness workshops and now the best-selling book “Crazy Sexy Diet,’’ a collection of the nutrition and lifestyle tips that formed the blueprint for her personal cancer makeover.
Ms. Carr’s commitment to healthful living never wavers, but she concedes to loosening up a bit around the holidays. “It’s not the healing, cleansing diet, but it’s still plant-based and absolutely delicious,’’ she says. “Thanksgiving or any traditional holiday I look at as a great opportunity to try dishes that are so far out of what I normally cook, and I try to make it festive. I like to see people’s expressions when they bite into these foods they never imagined they could prepare without animal products.’’