Friday, February 18, 2011

Crazy, Sexy Diet

I've recently made some drastic changes to my diet.  I was feeling tired, kept getting sick, more prescriptions, blah, blah, blah.  And all this while eating a fairly healthy diet and working out.  I was tired of it.  I saw this post at Shannon's blog, Anythingology, and I knew that was the answer.  I started to read Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution but I got distracted (this happens often) by Crazy, Sexy Diet by Kris Carr (I will finish Dr. Gundry's book because it's a good one). 

Crazy, Sexy Diet is really a fabulous book.  It isn't so much about "going on a diet", but explains what kind food is bad for you (and why), and what kind of food is good for you (and why).  It advocates a vegetarian, sugar-free, crap-free diet.  If you can't give up meat and animal products, she tells you what the best choices are.  She says to try your best but don't beat yourself up.  Other things that are good for your mind and body are mentioned, like meditation and exercise.  And best of all, she is really funny, in a not-always-appropriate for kids way.  Hands down, the most entertaining "diet" book I've read.

One of the things Crazy, Sexy Diet advocates is juicing.  I finally gave into this idea after years of saying "yeah, that would probably be good for me."  You know what?  Drinking veggie juice isn't bad.  Throw one piece of fruit in the mix and it's sweet and good.  I love it.

I was going to blog about my experience from day 1, but I'm going to be honest.  Days 1-4 were rough for me.  I crashed on my face.  Please don't worry if you are thinking about doing this Crazy, Sexy thing, too.  My crash and burn was from (1) cutting out certain pharmaceuticals, and (2) not doing a sufficient job of weaning myself off coffee.  I can't stress the importance of slowly doing this.

I feel amazing

Better than I have in a long, long time.  An illness I have been battling is phenomenally better and going in the right direction.  I've cut back on all medications, and no more sleeping pills.  1-2 cups of coffee per week.  No sugar.  No gluten.  No dairy or animal products.  1-2 glasses of wine per week.  About 80% raw food, and 20% cooked super-duper healthy food.  And I absolutely hate it when diet people say this, but I'm not hungry and gnawing my arm off all day.  No pizza cravings.  There was a weak moment walking through Costco's bakery, but I smelled everything and moved on.
Health starts with the quality of what I put in my body.  I was putting bad stuff in, and then trying to patch up the consequences.  If you're on board with what I just said, the good news is, once I ripped the band-aid off, the turnaround was really fast.  I have only been doing this for about 10 days.

Thanks for the inspiration and advice Shannon.  ;-)

2 comments:

Shannon said...

Hey Heather, I've been thinking about you and wondering how the diet changes were going? I'm so happy for you! I gotta read this book! I too am off all gluten and I feel so much better! Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal themselves if we feed them the right stuff. I'm not totally off all animal products. I'm a "Flexitarian," Mostly veggies and fruits, a little animal protein. Juicing is wonderful, but I broke my blender. I need to invest in a new one. Thanks for the shout out and the book info.

Simply Brookes: said...

H,
Can't WAIT to read that book. On my library list. I have been checking out vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in the meantime. I love everything you are saying. I'm in...just need to read that darn book.
Not sure I can quit chicken and fish all together (or even the occasional juicy steak). Talk to me after I read that darn book.
You are inspirational!

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