Book review – Crazy, Sexy Diet – Kris Carr

Let me just preface this post by saying I have NEVER read a diet book in my life. Diets are stupid, naff and boring. No one cares about the two lettuce leaves you eat for lunch everyday.

Happily, I am able to continue this fine tradition because, despite the name,Crazy Sexy Dietis NOT a diet book. Rather, it’s a how-to guide in maiing positive lifestyle choices that promote and support good health and personal well being.

And believe me, Kris Carr should know. On 14 February 2003 (yep, Valentine’s Day), Kris was diagnosed with a rare and untreatable form of cancer called epitheloid hemangioendothlioma (EHE). Luckily for Kris, the cancer was slow moving. But rather than waiting for cancer to make the first move, Kris decided to take charge of her own health and set out to discover whether it was possible to heal herself. Her journey spawned a documentary and two books.Crazy Sexy Dietis her third, and gathers together all the knowledge she has uncovered in one, easy-to-read place.

Covering topics such as pH balance, juicing and smoothies, the hazards of sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and digestive health, as well as addressing the spiritual dimension of health, it offers a holistic approach to achieving a maintaining good health and well being. It does promote a vegetarian or vegan diet, with an emphasis on raw foods, but Kris also makes suggestions for those who aren’t yet prepared to completely make the switch. For those who are super keen, there’s a 21 day cleanse to really kickstart the process. I haven’t tried the cleanse, but there are plenty of testimonials throughout the book that sing its praises. And of course, Kris is a vibrant, glowing testament herself.

A nice additionn to the book is the contributions from a range of doctors, nutritionists and animal welfare activists, amongst others. These complement and expand on Kris’ own research, and offer some insight to the way that narrow Western views of health and medicine are starting to encompass a much more holistic vision.

Kris’ writing style is direct and very much ‘girlfriend to girlfriend’, which I found did wear a bit thin towards the end. But overall, it’s a wonderfully readable introduction to creating a healthy and holistic lifestyle.

What I liked

* Clear and easy to understand – no medical jargon!

* Kris doesn’t preach, nor does she promote an all or nothing approach, but rather a do what you can

* Beautifully designed and inspiring to look at

* No-nonsense, sensible and realistic options and suggestions

What I didn’t like

* The ‘girlfriend to girlfriend’ tone wears thin

* There were a few topics where she seemed to just skin over, with others were presented in greater depth

And, not so much a negative (at least not for me, being a happy vegetarian for the past 12 years) but some readers may find her chapter on meat and dairy a little confronting – both the pictures and some detailed descriptions of farming practices make for some uneasy reading.