Time to wrap up my thoughts from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: this book has changed my life. I think about food differently, I’ve developed new habits and I’m embarking on a journey of understanding how what I eat affects all aspects of my body and life.
What I call “full being well–being” is a concept very important to me, so I loved this line in chapter 7: “Of diet, meditation, and exercise, which do you think is the most important for a vibrant God pod glow? Whichever you’re not doing. Zoinks!” (p. 130). Meditation or a quiet prayer time are fairly synonymous terms in my mind; generally speaking, make that time what you need it to be. I like to start with a simple meditation practice of deep breathing and thinking through my body from my feet to my head and through my arms. Meaning, be aware of you body.
I then take a few minutes to calmly think through my day (what I will be doing, or what I did). This relieves some stress by acknowledging what I’ve got going on and is a bit of a pep talk: “It’s going to a good day; I can handle this or that; Great job, you managed that well.” Finally, I conclude the time with some prayer.
Carr writes, “It’s the perfect time to practice a new language of healthy messages sent to yourself and others… ‘I am healthy, I am strong, I am focused, I am powerful, I am lean, I am confident, I am whole.'” (p. 130).
All in all, this process can take me anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. And boy, does it help! I feel centered, I feel refreshed mentally, I feel able to tackle my day, and then I’ve looked outward in prayer, most often for family or people around me. I don’t yet consistently do this exercise every day, but I really need to. In the process of developing this habit!
Other beauty tips Carr recommends include:
- dry brushing – recently started this myself and I love it. My skin feels so much better.
- essential oils (being careful about synthetic oils).
- regular use of a neti pot.
- messages and acupuncture – “Hands–on healing should be part of your regular life maintenance.”
The book followed up with a discussion about digestive enzyme and other supplements, shopping lists, and the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen. This graphic is now printed out and posted on my fridge.
And FINALLY, the exciting part: a detox. Carr outlined the 21 days in detail, so get the book if you’re interested in following her detox. She also created a questionnaire and said to make enough copies for each day. Not having a copier, but armed with Illustrator and a printer, I made a similar graphic that is easy to print and follow. Be sure to get Crazy Sexy Diet, or her cookbook – or she has tons of recipes online – for meals and smoothies to make yourself.
P.S. I make a green smoothie nearly every day now, and I swear by them. I feel so much better nearly immediately after I drink one. Carr’s rule of thumb: 2 parts veggies to 1 part fruit. Right now I’m using spinach, cabbage, cucumber, yellow pepper, 1/3 of a frozen banana, and some mixed frozen fruit with water and a squirt of lemon juice. I cut up enough veggies to last a week so I can make them quickly. Seriously awesome sauce.