You've probably had a hundred good intentions since the clock struck twelve on New Year's Eve, but how many have stuck? Are you happier and healthier than you were in 2010? In her new book, Crazy Sexy Diet, Kris Carr goes beyond resolutions and distills what she's learned in eight years of research into achieving optimum health. The book aims to help readers make choices that promote natural energy, health and longevity.
Her inspiration? Kris began her journey to nutritional prowess after being diagnosed with untreatable, stage IV cancer at 31. Eight years later, her cancer is the one fighting for its life.
Daphne Oz: Tell us what a Crazy Sexy Diet is.
Kris Carr: The Crazy Sexy Diet, or CSD, is the opposite of the Standard American Diet (SAD, and so so sad). It is a low-fat, vegetarian diet that emphasizes reducing inflammation in the body by eating a more pH balanced, plant-based diet. Instead of cramming your body with nutritionally-useless processed foods and negative thinking, the CSD concentrates on tons of lush whole foods, raw veggies, low glycemic fruits, complex grains (many of which are gluten-free), good fats, and plant-based protein. We also throw in some green drinks and super powered green smoothies, packed with vitamins and nutrients for good measure.
DO: How do you manage stress?
KC: It took me a while to figure out how to make moderate exercise a part of my daily life. Learning to shut the TV off early and prepare for bed in a quiet, dimly-lit room helped me retrain my sleeping habits so I can get my solid eight hours a day. Introducing my healthier eating regimen allowed my body to stop working overtime, so it actually had time and resources to repair itself. Soon, my health became my fix. The more vibrant I felt as I continued the CSD, the more reason I had to continue with it.
The first hour of every day belongs to me. I'm a spiritual athlete so I need to warm-up. If I start my day with coffee, emails, and CNN blaring in the background, then my stress shoots through the roof. Make space in your life, space for health and happiness. At night, wind down with a hot bath with lavender and don't bring your work to bed. Sleep is the best time to repair, but it's hard to get a good night's rest when we don't dial the inner chatter down. Instead, turn to one of your favorite spiritual books or guided relaxation CDs. Bring Deepak [Chopra] to bed, he's much more fun!