Crazy Sexy!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted any new recipes in a month! I was away in Istanbul for a week, and have been back in Dubai for the past two weeks but I’ve been so busy I haven’t cooked anything too interesting. After Istanbul I did a few days of juice cleansing and now I’m trying to eat detox foods, almost exactly like the list of cleansing foods I wrote about a little over a month ago. The foods and way of eating I’ve been following is from Kris Carr’s book “The Crazy Sexy Diet” which was a great intro in to cleansing diets and the basics of a vegan lifestyle. I’ve been eating a mostly raw vegan diet now for a little over two weeks and I feel great! I need to find some more interesting recipies to post, since this is all so new to me I’ve been having mostly boring salads, raw soups, nuts, fruits and lots of miso soup!

Here is a quick outline of what the book “The Crazy Sexy Diet” talks about!

Guidelines for Dazzling Wellness Warriors

1. Get back to nature and back to the garden, preferably the organic garden when affordable. When not, choose fruits and veggies that are sprayed less. Find the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides at There are over 80,000 chemicals in our world today; eating them and putting them on our bodies impairs our immune systems.

2. Create an anti-inflammatory diet. Learn about the health detriments of inflammatory foods (wheat, gluten, dairy, meat, sugar, coffee, soda, energy drinks, alcohol, processed foods – AKA the white stuff). Also, get curious about pH, the acid/alkaline balance, and say goodbye to the standard American diet (acidic and inflammatory) in favor of alkaline organic veggies, sprouts, green drinks, green smoothies, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, oxygen and peace.

3. Make juice not war. A nutrient dense green juice is a terrific way to get an instant blast of sustainable energy. Green smoothies are fantastic too. Adding healthy fats like avocado or raw almond butter to your smoothie will help you feel satisfied longer. Here’s an idea, reach for a fresh vegetable juice or smoothie, instead of your morning cup of java. Your adrenals will thank you! Check out my favorite juicer and blender and keep the green liquids flowing!

4. Drink lots of clean, purified water. Aim for drinking half your weight in ounces of purified water. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon to your glass to
help alkalize your body. If you’re drinking green juices regularly, you’ll need less water. For an extra boost of alkalinity, check out my favorite water ionizer.
5. Decrease the amount of animal products you eat (especially dairy products), and move towards a varied plant-based diet. The more animal
products we ingest, the more our chronic disease rates soar. Need more convincing? Check out what Dr. Neal Barnard says here. Begin by reducing the amount of flesh and animal fluids you consume (including eggs) to no more than 2 to 3 times per week, instead of 2 to 3 times per day. Choose card-deck size portions and look for the Certified Humane seal of approval.
6. Dump refined sugars. If it’s made in a lab, it takes a lab to digest. If it has a shelf life longer than you, don’t eat it. White sugar fuels cancer and Candida,
spikes your blood sugar, taxes your immune system, robs you of minerals, is highly addictive and floods your body with excess insulin and IGF1, which stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Learn about the connection between sugar and cancer from Jacki Glew, RN, here. Get to know the glycemic index and choose low-glycemic foods as much as possible.

7. Shake your booty and sweat your prayers. Your lymph system, which carries away waste, needs you! Unlike your heart, it doesn’t have a pump. Aerobics is the pump. Brisk walking is the pump. Yoga is the pump. Shake it 4 to 5 days per week for at least 35 minutes. And instead of carrying the weight of the world, choose weightbearing exercises that will strengthen your bones and your God pod. I love rebounding and for a deep sweat that removes toxins and heavy metals, check out this sauna.

8. You are what you eat and what you don’t poop.When needed, give your colon a regular spring-cleaning. That’s right, flood your body with alkalinity and flush it of acidic toxins. Our bodies are designed to assimilate and eliminate. As the good stuff goes in, the bad stuff should come out, on a regular basis. Our grandmothers used to prescribe enemas to help us release blockages, headaches and toxins. Once laxatives came along, we abandoned holistic wisdom for synthetic chemicals. Don’t be shy; it’s just
a small hose and some filtered water :). Check out Tracy Piper’s step-by-step guide for a smooth moving colonic here.
9. Use natural skincare products. Your skin is your largest organ and much of what you put on it, you literally drink in. Find out the toxicity levels of your favorite lotions and potions at skindeep. org. When toxins, chemicals and poisons build up, you break down. This is known as “body burden,” and it greatly accelerates the aging process and impairs your immune system. Annmarie Gianni’s skin care line is divine! 10. Create an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Vibrant health is not just about what you eat, it’s also about dealing with what’s eating you. Inflammation (inner fire) creates stress. And stress creates acidity. Find and regularly commit to activities that help you “bring it down a notch.” Some ideas: meditation, deep breathing exercises, gratitude journaling, dancing, guided relaxation or visualization CDs, therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or tapping), deep relaxation, prayer, self-reflection and time in nature. Learn about my daily practice here.

11. Snooze. Snooze. Snooze. Optimal hours: 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Without proper sleep, your body cannot fully detox, heal and repair itself. Check out 13
tips to help you sleep like a baby from Dr. Frank Lipman here.
12. Chew. Your stomach does not have teeth. And stop eating late so that when you snooze, your body can focus on repair instead of digestion.

13. Set boundaries,so you have the physical and emotional time to take care of yourself – it’s not selfish, it’s selfpreserving. Take a “time inventory” and
systematically plug up the leaks.
14. Make time for fun, love and laughter. Giggles are good for your immune system. Check out my Love List on what makes me laugh instantly.

15. Don’t be beige. Perfection is boring. Consistency doesn’t mean you have to be rigid. Imagine yourself traveling on a gorgeous, healthy highway. It’s okay to take detours from time to time, to check out scenic roads and chocolate. Just be really honest with yourself, and don’t make detours a regular habit.

16. Educate yourself! We need tochange how we’ve been thinking of illness. Let go of the old paradigm of dys-functional medicine that only treats the symptoms. Your body is made of inter-connected systems. An imbalance in one system has a cascading effect to all the other systems resulting in dis-ease. Watch this video from Dr. Mark Hyman about the root cause of disease and the innovative approach of functional medicine.

17. Detox regularly. Whether it’s your closet, your hybrid car or your colon, clear the clutter and the toxins! Mental and physical clutter causes interference on your hotline to the divine. And toxins are just an invitation to create imbalances in your gorgeous God pod. Find out 20 tips to detox your home here and the secret to making your detox effective from Dr. Frank Lipman here. And if you really need any more reasons to detox, say goodbye to cellulite with Jen Reilly, RN here.

18. Be a bargainista. Let’s face it, this diet and lifestyle can definitely cost a little more in the short term. This lifestyle ain’t for sissies! Get creative with cost
cutting strategies beyond clipping coupons. Check out my blog here for 12 hot tips to save some green on your groceries.

19. Build a support system. You’re built like a reace car, honey, and you need a pitt crew to keep yourself running in top condition. My pitt crew includes a chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, EFT practitioner, life coach and yoga teachers. Check out my advice for putting your crew together here.

20. Take it on the road. Whether you’re a busy mom, jet-setting fashionista, college co-ed or career-climbing commuter, staying healthy on the go can be tricky. Until there’s a green juice bar in every airport, wellness warriors have got to be creative and plan ahead. Get my 12 easy peasy tips for staying green while on the road here.

21. Bring the revolution to your plate! My plant-passionate cookbook, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, redefines the kitchen as headquarters for a wellness revolution. Filled with inspiration, education and cooking tips—plus more than 150 nourishing, nosh-worthy recipes—there’s no tastier way to begin your wellness journey.

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