Excerpt: 'Crazy Sexy Diet' by Kris Carr

Author Kris Carr calls the American diet sad.

Jan. 18, 2011 — -- The book "Crazy Sexy Diet" teaches readers to program their body to eat the right things. Author Kris Carr argues that this practice eventually balances the pH of your body and speeds up the weight loss process.

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As Joni Mitchell, the high priestess of hippie, says, we've got to get ourselves back to the garden. Nature is the source of all things healthy; it is the ultimate surgical table and the basis of the Crazy Sexy Diet.

So what is this revolutionary game plan I'm gabbing about? You don't need a granola stigmata to figure it out. The Crazy Sexy Diet is a low-fat, vegetarian (or vegan) program that reduces inflammation and balances the pH of your gorgeous body with whole foods, low-glycemic fruits, raw veggies, alkalizing green drinks, and superpowered smoothies. On the CSD I encourage you to reduce or, better yet, eliminate all animal products, refined sugars and processed crap, and anything (other than an exotic vegetable) you can't pronounce. By decreasing the amount of acidic foods you eat, you give your body the chance to heal and repair naturally.

Your new mantra: Clean food in and waste out. An alkaline diet has the power to release stored bullshit and toxins and truly set you free. As a result—and this is important—your pH comes into balance as does your overall health, your sinuses clear (and so do your zits), your taste buds resuscitate, your eyes sparkle, the dimples on your thighs will be gone (bye-bye!), sex will be better (ooohhh!), and so will your memory (especially good when you dig the person you have sex with), and your elimination system will work like a Ferrari (vroom!).

There's more, baby. When you understand why eating green and clean works at a cellular level, your enthusiasm for the Crazy Sexy Diet will grow like beans up a pole. Science is sexy and exciting! I'll explain why a plant-based diet is a great way to eat on so many levels—for health, bliss, beauty, even your purse. You may well lose fat on this diet, too, but that's just one of the fabulous side effects. Eventually you'll find your perfect fighting weight and forget about it because you'll be too busy enjoying newfound vitality and zest. That's because the Crazy Sexy Diet is not a temporary fix or a part-time hobby. It's a luscious lifestyle—a loss of dis-ease, a health gain program that is meant to last a long lifetime.

WHY IT WORKSBy increasing the amount of raw and living foods and organic green juices and green smoothies in your diet while decreasing or (ideally) eliminating processed sugars, refined starches, animal products high in saturated fat, stimulants, and too much cooked food, you shift from an acidic interior environment to one that's alkaline- and oxygen-drenched. Yummy.

This allows your magnificent body to recover from the constant barrage of stress and inflammation created by the Standard American Diet (aptly abbreviated as SAD) and lifestyle. Once your body repairs, it will renew. Eating this way is a miracle on your plate. The domino effect that occurs will influence every nook and cranny of your life.

Do you have to be a raw foodist to eat this way? Nope—steamed veggies that are crisp and crunchy and lightly sautéed veggies count, too. How about a strict vegetarian or vegan? Nope and nope.

The Crazy Sexy Diet is flexible. You'll enjoy healthier cooked food in smaller amounts. The acidic portions of your diet can include some animal products, but once you read how detrimental they can be to your health (and the planet), and how you don't really miss them, you may reconsider.

And remember: Not all vegans are healthy. Even the most ethically conscious people can suffer from eating too many processed or overly acidic foods. French fries, Fritos, white bread and pasta, Pop-Tarts, Kool-Aid, Crisco, and many sugary treats are vegan, but they aren't exactly healthy. I call these misinformed veg-heads "muffin vegetarians." When I eat like a muffin vegetarian, I develop what is known as a "muffin top"—a puffy tube of blubber that hangs over my jeans. These well-meaning souls junk up on crap and excessive amounts of soy, and wonder why they're tired, fat, and sniffly. A vibrant and effective vegan or vegetarian diet means that the majority of your food is real and comes from . . . vegetables! (Duh.)

What you'll learn on the Crazy Sexy Diet

• The healing power of pH and how to eat alkaline foods in the right ratios.• The importance of detoxification.• How to keep your delicate internal ecosystem in balance.• Anti-inflammatory raw foods = real energy.• How juicing can change your life—make juice, not war.• The benefits of going gluten-free.• Why sugar is crack and how low-glycemic choices are a better option.• The painful truth about meat and dairy.• Stinkin' thinkin' and stress create acidity.• Fun should be taken seriously.• How to shake your ass . . • . . . and then place it on the meditation cushion.• How to techno-detox.• The importance of setting boundaries.• Prayer and affirmations rule.• You can do anything you set your mind to.