If you’re unfamiliar with New York Times bestselling author Kris Carr (whose Crazy Sexy brand has invaded households everywhere), I’ve very recently become a little bit obsessed. Her story is awe-inspiring — TEN YEARS AGO she was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer, and since then she has turned her life around entirely, inspiring (what I imagine to be) millions of others to empower themselves to turn their lives around by living healthfully and mindfully.
She’s like besties with one of my absolute favorite female entrepreneurs/mentors, Marie Forleo, who just last week released a fun cooking segment on her weekly Marie TV series:
I was instantly sold. I managed to snag three copies of Crazy Sexy Kitchen last week, and I’ve been carrying my first copy (the one from Barnes & Noble, my go-to brick-and-mortar bookstore) virtually everywhere, so I can read on the go. (If you’re wondering — the other two copies are destined to become holiday gifts to fellow foodie friends.)
(If I had a way larger audience, one of them would be given away to one of you! So, thanks for reading. The road to a larger following is by sharing the love, so please don’t hesitate to ever “like” any of my posts, tweet them, or tell people the ol’ fashioned word-of-mouth way.)
Anyway. Plugging over (for now . . . bahaha). Kris Carr really ruffled some feathers when she first tried to start her brand. I remember her story as told to Marie a while ago, that she went from publisher to publisher with her Crazy Sexy brand, getting rejected time and time again because no one would believe that cancer could be crazily sexy. Ultimately, though, she prevailed.
I mean, she’s not advocating cancer by any means. All she wants to do is to say hey, even in the face of something as scary as that, you can still take your own well being into your own hands and write your own future by prevention and taking great care of your body, your machine, while you still can. She is still living with her disease, but has greatly outlived her dreary prognosis — and that is ah-mazing.
This is something I can totally get behind. Not only do I resonate with Ms. Carr because of our similar missions (abrupt reality checks forced upon us via scary medical situations — thus inciting our own revolutions to help empower others to heal naturally), but I love that she is taking her revolution on a national (and ideally international) scale, that she is connected with some VIPs (very important players . . . in the health field) and is able to get her message out on a large scale.
I take inspiration from her because I would love to do the same in such magnitude (and more). So part of my journey this month, my call-to-action month, will go hand in hand with Kris Carr’s self-proclaimed Prevention Month (also November). While I don’t want to infringe on her copyrights or publish content from her book without her permission, I’d like to encourage you to check out Crazy Sexy Kitchen yourself at her website (and grab some of her freebies!). Sweet part is, you can get some of her cooking class videos and/or her Dinner with Kris Q&A series taking place just for snagging her book.
(I am not one of her official affiliates. I don’t promote anything I haven’t personally experienced, and I’m just passing along the love.)
That said, as I continue the rest of this month with culinary experiments, I will not reprint Ms. Carr’s published recipes, but I will refer to any recipe I try by its name. It’s not going to be a uniquely Crazy Sexy month, though, so I’ll experiment with other recipes as well. If their original source was found online, I will reprint recipes as I deem appropriate (with respective credits), but anything found in a printed, physical book will be referred to by name only. (Hey — this is what libraries are for!)
Another reason why I’m not going 100% Crazy Sexy is because of the Great Food Health Paradox: different, legitimate sources often contradict one another. I know a “food healing” guy who REALLY knows his stuff who claims bananas are bad for you. On the other hand, a “be well” source (whom I normally suspect is in cahoots with the food healer because of their very coinciding information) recently released a spotlight on the benefits of bananas. I love and respect both spokespeople for the general educating they do.
Not to mention — still think saturated fats are the enemy? There are a number of health articles out right now pointing out the lack of correlation between saturated fat consumption and obesity, and how sat fats have been painted the villain for years, unjustifiably. (Jury’s still out, at least for me, on its link to heart disease.)
Instead of icky skim milk, I drink whole. This is why. Yet many experts also tout the ill effects of dairy. Why do I still buy milk? Because my once-a-day cappuccino requires it (and don’t even get me started on the coffee debate).
I eat meat. Not just poultry and fish, but most meats ranging from lamb to even alligator. Not a fan of beans, though I do love nuts — but meat is my preferred protein of choice. Despite my constant efforts to stay green. And the fact that I love critters — but in my standpoint, you can make informed decisions about the treatment of the animals you eat, and while humans can go plant-only, eating other animals is a fact of nature. (Sometimes, yes, the way we go about it is anything but natural. Which is uncool and why I try to avoid that.)
Kris Carr’s philosophy is that vegan is the best way to go. I’m not so extreme, but I’m also not opposed to incorporating her plant recipes into my repertoire. Her philosophy also is that we should not live lives of overambitious deprivation, but that we can try what she has to offer at our own pace and see how we feel. Any step in her direction is a step in the right way. That’s cool. Also, she does not sacrifice taste for quality, which we all know is a requirement for all foodies.
I disagree with her stance on soy (she seems semi-for it). This is why. However, I am likewise opposed to GMOs because it is my belief that nature is perfect the way she is. Fight Mother Earth, and you are guaranteed to lose. Every time. (Did you ever see this article on Frankenfish? Super-fast growing cells? Gee, sounds like CANCER to me.)
I know food and fitness are controversial — which is why you need to take what I say with a grain of salt. I’m by no means an expert on it, nor am I perfect. I do what I can, but know that I also am a flawed, non-medical expert. (This is usually known as a disclaimer.)
I also was born equipped with one of the most ravenous appetites of anyone I know, and I make mistakes like anyone else. Some times more than others.
Regardless, I think opening up Crazy Sexy Kitchen (its complement and predecessor, Crazy Sexy Diet, explains in further detail the reasons behind the recipes in CSK) is a good starting point. Stay tuned for some good eats and happy tummies!
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To our healing,