I was introduced to Kris Carr my junior year of college. It was Counseling 101 at Loyola University Chicago, and our professor screened Carr’s documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, as a way of showing one example of the grief experience with a chronic illness diagnosis (primarily focusing on the Kübler-Ross stages of death and dying). Carr’s documentary explores the emotional and physical struggle after she is diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in her liver, with fewer medical options other than “watch and see what happens.” She took control through the lens of a camera, and her diet.
Since then, I’ve been following Ms. Carr’s journey through cancer wellness and vegan vitality. I was lucky enough to meet her in a Barnes and Noble in New York when she came out with her book Crazy Sexy Diet, which focuses not only on adapting an alkaline-based vegan diet, but also general self-care and self-compassion practices. She is just as vivacious in-person as she is in her writing.
Her new book is Crazy Sexy Juice, a book which many Carr fans have been waiting for with baited breath. Finally, the queen of green juices compiles her ultimate companion for both juicing and smoothie making.
I decided to make her recipe for Classic Green Lemonade (recipe can also be found here). It is delicious!
In Carr’s new book, you can find an ultimate list of ideas for juices and smoothies. I loved the juice recipes, but favorite part are the recipes designed for juicing pulp (besides composting, of course). I can’t wait to try the beet burgers!
It seemed like every time I turned the page, I thought “wait, there’s MORE?”
As with most things, Carr writes in a way that is both approachable, and thorough. Many of the recipes are categorized by what ailment it might aid (such as hot flashes, or digestion). So, too, does she include suggestions for the emotional components of eating healthier- not to take yourself too seriously, nor putting too much pressure on yourself for “perfection”.
I would recommend this book for folks who are interested in juicing and/or smoothie making, and trying to implement a kinder diet (both to yourself, and animals).
In summary, Carr suggests we:
“Make energy deposits instead of energy withdrawals”
Good advice for just about any part of life, wouldn’t you say?
Rating: 4/5 stars
- Book trailer on the author’s website
- If you are interested in buying a juicer, check out Carr’s guide here
- The juicer I own is here
A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley. All opinions are my own!