DO: What can we hope for if we swap out all of our French fries for carrot sticks?
KC: It's important to understand that this diet and lifestyle isn't an all or nothing thing. There is room to lean into it and transition at your own pace. If I had my dream, we'd all be eating more plants and less garbage. You may not go as far as I did, but chances are you need to do something. To start, aim for slightly more than half of your plate to be covered with veggie dishes— salads, steamed or lightly sautéed greens and veggies.
The CSD gave me back my health and vitality. I have more energy, and my immune system is rock solid. For the past eight years, my disease has been stable and I know that my diet is supporting my mission of living a healthy life with a chronic condition. And yes, my skin is flawless! It's really important to emphasize lifestyle changes as well; because it's not just about the food we eat. I had to stop thriving on stress and six coffees a day, and kick my booze-and-cigarette habit—and the guilt trip that went along with it. I needed to recalibrate my "Healthy Compass."
Your Healthy Compass gives you your point of moderation. It's a reflection of what your body thinks is normal based on how you treat it. Your body might think two pints of ice cream after dinner is normal because it has had to adjust all of its chemical processes to combat this influx of sugar and cow milk time and time again. Once you get cleaned up, it will not longer factor this extreme into its idea of balance.
DO: What is your spiritual day-to-day focus like?
KC: My wellness game plan extends far beyond the food in my fridge. A Crazy Sexy Life includes reflection, self-care, natural beauty products, rest, relaxation and a deep commitment to my regular spiritual practice. I used to turn to martinis to dial down the stress. Now, I turn to long hikes in the woods, conversations with my God, and time to just be still. In stillness we create vision, with vision we become visionaries, and as visionaries, our dreams are totally within reach.
We usually put others first, and pile too much on our plates, metaphorically and physically. As a result, we often break many promises to ourselves. The dilemma with continually falling on and off the self-care wagon isn't that we missed out on sweating, healthy food, soul pampering, and prayer, it's that we eventually lose trust in our own word. Losing trust leads to losing belief in our self-worth. As hard as it might be, I want folks to backtalk their inner nag. I encourage my readers to take a deep inventory of their time and to-do lists, to identify the leaks, and plug them with grace. Our mind is the biggest obstacle we face. But once we do, we realize that we are the one we've been waiting for.
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