Thursday, March 17, 2011

crazy sexy diet

crazy sexy diet


I have been reading this book lately and really enjoying it. This is they type of book which (for me, anyway) you have to take the good/interesting/helpful parts and leave the rest. The author promotes a pretty hardcore vegan/mostly raw lifestyle which I of course would never be able to follow, but there is so much inspiration here for healthy lifestyle stuff. Not only is there a bunch of interesting diet information (especially about juicing), but also inspiration for meditation, yoga, "booty shake" (exercise), and other cool stuff like dry skin brushing. The author's writing style is very sassy and fun and even though she promotes a vegan lifestyle she is never judgmental--she's actually very loving in her approach and she has a super-compelling personal story.





Here is the documentary she produced/starred in. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and since her cancer is very rare, very slow growing, and is a type which does not spread, she never got treated for it. She keeps the tumors in check by doing the high alkaline diet (explained in the book) and watchful waiting. But she doesn't promote that for everyone. The other women she profiles in the film all received standard chemo and so forth.

I'm pretty inspired to get a juicer now. Does anyone have a juicer that they love? I very much like the looks of this one, but one reviewer did mention that it is not the greatest for the green juices, which is what I want to make. Please send recommendations if you have any!

12 comments:

Holly said...

So, so powerful! What a beautiful, tragic story. Thanks for sharing.

oceangal said...

I too would recommend another juicer. I was just given a heaver duty version of the juicer you linked and I still haven't figured out how to juice leafy greens effectively.

Sarah said...

she's written a few incredible articles for cancer survivors and young women going through chemo...such an incredible voice for an age group not usually thought of with cancer. Our family is big fans of hers :) I'll be looking for that book!

Anonymous said...

Just get a Jack La Lanne juicer off ebay. There are always people getting rid of juicers they have either never used at all or have used a couple of times and can't be bothered with the faff and clean up. I have one called the Super Juicer and although it lives permanently on my very limited kitchen counter and I go through phases of using it, I would never get rid of it because when I get back in juice mode I remember how much I love it. It you want to juice lots of leafy greens then you probably need the type of juicer that looks like a mincer but I think those really are a pain to clean. Just remember you do get what you pay for with a juicer. it has to work hard and so needs a good motor. You can fold up leafy greens and make a more dense mass to juice.

SongbirdSisters said...

We don't have a juicer but we have a VitaMix blender that we LOVE. Makes green smoothies in a snap! They do a ton of other stuff, too!

Anonymous said...

I have debated getting a juicer for over ten years, and finally I broke down after reading this book, and seeing Kris in February. I am very worried about getting tired of juicing, and I am already feeling juicing fatigue. I love the juicer I got though. Kris recommends a Breville, either the Ikon or the compact one. I got the compact one, which doesn't make as much juice as the IKON, but is half the price. It makes enough for my husband, daughter and I to have a small glass, or if I'm juicing for only me, I can have 2 good sized glasses. It does a great job w/ greens, and they say it's easy to clean, but I really hate to see hard to clean if this is easy. Ha! The green juices do seem to give me and my husband (and he's a skeptic) more energy. I try to do that green lemonade 4 times a week--the kind that the woman from High Desert Home recommends! Glad you are giving Kris's book a try. I do love her book, but like you, don't go whole hog w/ lots of her suggestions. Still, it's inspiring to me, and inspires me to take the path I think is best for my health. Also, she's just beautiful and says things like eating healthy is revolutionary, and that there's a global warming going on outside us and inside of our bodies. She's beautiful too--and of course that always sends a message that inspires, even though it's a fallacy (if I do what she says, I too will be beautiful). Good luck w/ getting a juicer.

Tara

Mary Beth said...

Tara--thank you so much for all your info. I've been reading reading reading up on juicers and am still leaning towards a Breville. I hear ya on the possible juice fatigue. I'm thinking I could juice daily in the summer as part of a morning routine and on weekends during the school year (and more on school vacations). And green lemonade! Yes! That is one of the reasons I've been wanting to get a juicer, even before reading the book. And yes, I so agree about wanting to do what Kris does in the hopes of "catching" a bit of her beauty!

Thanks everyone for your juicer input. I really appreciate it!

Sarah said...

H Marybeth. I have a Breville and love it! It makes great green juice; its just surprising how little juice you get for the amount of leafy greens! I bought my Breville a few years ago and it still works great, is very powerful and easy to clean. Not sure if its the same model as the one you are looking at. (Mine is the Breville Juice Fountain Elite.)Its fun to juice. I've juiced sweet potato, beets, cabbage... everything!

Bec said...

We have had a juicer for about 6 years now, just a pretty standard one but personally once I got onto green smoothies about 3 years ago a juicer was just not good enough! I do love juicing and we still use it now and then but juice loses so much fibre compared to green smoothies so really, for me, there is no comparison between the two, green smoothies are sooooo much better.

Mary said...

I also did a lot of research when purchasing a juicer. I decided on the Omega 8005 because it was one of the few machines that would effectively work with wheat grass and leafy vegetables. It is a dual stage single auger juicer. I am very pleased with my decision. It is extremely well made and comes with a 10 year warranty. It takes less than two minutes to clean and I love that it serves other purposes- it makes soy milk, nut butters, can grind coffee beans, mince garlic, extrude pasta! I ended up buying it online from Discount Juicers. I found the information on the company website very helpful: http://www.discountjuicers.com/information.html

BTW: I came across your blog several months ago; I really can't recall how I linked to it, but I would like to say that I enjoy visiting here very much. Your ideals and tastes seem very similar to mine and you are very inspiring! Thank you!- Mary in Florida

congamama2 said...

Green Star is an awesome juicer. It is a masticating juicerl ....it works well for fruit and greens (and you can still make ice cream with frozen fruit)

Jane said...

I LOVE This book so much. I bought a juicer after reading it. I ended up buying the Breville BJE510XL Ikon 900-Watt Variable-Speed Juice Extractoras it was on sale at Amazon after Christmas. I didn't want to spend $$ on the high end juicers as I wasn't sure if it was something that I was really going to stick with. I use it everyday now at least once and it is amazing!!!
I use it mainly for green juice and it handles Kale and spinach easily. It is super easy to clean and all the top pieces can go in the dishwasher if you had space for it, but they rinse off quickly in the sink.
I use 1 entire cucumber, 2 apples, 1/2 bunch of kale and a lime for my green juice and that makes about 3 tall glasses. So you go through a lot of veggies.
It has a really big opening so you can put whole apples and cucs in without having to chop everything up. It takes me all of 5 minutes to juice and clean everything up. I feel a lot more energized now that I have have been juicing regularly too.