Crazy Sexy Survivor: Kris Carr

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Good morning!

It is with such an honour that I present to you the following interview with Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor, Kris Carr.

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For many of us, Kris needs no introduction. I first saw her on TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cancer series. I fell in love with her joie de vivre. Her carefree attitude was something that all of us could learn from.

I cried with her, I laughed with her, I learned from her, and most of all I was inspired by her.

I never would have dreamed that one day I would have the privilege to interview her.

Six years ago, Kris received her devestating cancer diagnosis:

I told her I thought I’d fractured a rib on my first day of detox showing off for a hot guy in yoga class. She snorted and buried her hands in my abdomen. I writhed in pain. ‘I think it’s your gallbladder,” she told me. “Let’s see what the doc says.”

Dr. F did his usual drive-by examination and agreed that the pain was probably the result of a faulty gallbladder…He sent me off with a prescription for some very tasty pain drugs and ordered an ultrasound- posthaste.

[During the ultrasound, the nurse] has a mysterious half-worried, half-trying-to-look-casual expression on her face. She left the room, came back with another instrument, and started scanning again. This time the seriously distressed look in her eyes made it clear that she saw something. “What?” I asked her. “You’ll have to speak with the doctor,” she said.

Something was very wrong.

~Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips

Since then Kris has empowered cancer survivors around the world through her books, website, community, talks/advocacy, and TV/film appearances. She received the honour of appearing on Oprah (OPRAH!) giving hope to millions of cancer sufferers around the globe.

If you do one thing today watch this video of Kris on Oprah. It will change your life!

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She’s beautiful, she rocks the green monsters, and she glows.

I never thought that someone with such a busy schedule would take the time out to do an interview with me, but Kris did. Down to earth and totally cool.

1) Angela: What are the benefits to juicing as opposed to consuming the food raw in its’ whole form?

Both are great ways to get your vitamins, minerals, enzymes and oxygen, and phytonutrients – oh and don’t forget chlorophyll, the blood of the plant that cleanses our blood.  But juicing gives your body a rest. By removing the fiber your body gets a greater amount of nutrients instantly. Think about it, you can juice way more vegetables than you can consume in their whole form. Plus, alkaline juices help to detoxify your body.  They raise your pH and help pull out old waste from your colon and tissues. Digesting food is a very complicated process that takes hours and requires lots of energy and enzymes, especially when you’re eating cooked foods or dense animal proteins.  Juicing allows your body to take a break in order to focus on renewal and repair.  If you’re eating a wide variety of raw and living foods you get plenty of fiber. Add juicing to your routine and you will see a HUGE difference in your energy and overall health. Good bye colds, hello health.

2) If you could pick your favourite 3 powerfoods, what would they be and why?

Chlorella – because it balances my blood sugar and helps to remove heavy metals and other toxins. Boosts pH as well.

Spirulina – because it’s loaded with digestible protein!

Maca – because it boosts my sex drive (a girl’s got to keep her priorities straight) and supports my frazzled adrenal glands.

3) What is your favorite green juice recipe? 

Cucumber, kale, dandelion, sprouts, spinach and pear! Delightful. I never juice sugary stuff. It’s best to keep it green and clean. One piece of fruit per juice is my max.

[I’m sooo trying this!]

4) I notice that you do regular juice fasts or as you call them ‘feasts’. :) I read that you fast for 21 days on 4 quarts of green drink per day. Do you think these should be incorporated into everyone’s lifestyle, regardless of whether they are diagnosed with cancer? What would you recommend for the average Joe out there looking to lead a healthy lifestyle and prevent cancer in their future?

As far as fasting goes, I think that longer fasts can be very beneficial. Fasting removes stored toxins and excess waste created by the SAD (Standard American Diet) and environmental factors. It boosts the immune system, helps with better absorption and overall energy levels. Fasting is natures operating table. But it’s not for everyone and I wouldn’t do it unsupervised. Since I’m writing about fasting for my new book I wanted to experience an extended one. Usually I only fast once a week – every Wednesday. I started this practice years ago when I was studying to be a health educator at the Hippocrates Health Institute and I love how I feel afterwards. Especially when I include colonics. Anyone doing extended fasts must do colonics! If not, your body will dump waste faster than it can be removed and then the whole system backs up.

For the average Joe’s and Jane’s looking to avoid a health crisis I would suggest a few very simple things.

· Reduce or better yet eliminate all animal protein, including diary.

· Alkalize your body with a diet consisting of 50-80% raw, organic when possible, foods.

· Juice your greens!

· Don’t over eat – even the good stuff.

· Do colonics at the change of the seasons

· Move your God pod.

· Keep the stress factor down and the joy factor up

· Deal with your emotions and stop shoving them in cubbies – those cubbies become dis-ease.

· Create a spiritual practice that includes meditation

5) You recently came out with a new book called Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor. How does this book differ from your first book, Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips? Any more books or TV spots in your future?

Tips is my advice-from-the-trenches girlfriend’s guide. Survivor is more about the reader, their journey. I included lots of space to write, reveal, work it out and chat back. It was my attempt to help my readers rebuild their self-esteem and get busy living their still glorious and meaningful lives – regardless of their diagnosis. I love both of my books and can’t wait to finish this next one. I started writing Crazy Sexy You: A Gutsy Game Plan for Health, Happiness and a Great Ass (working title) about a month ago. This book will be my break out from cancer and into mainstream wellness. I’m taking everything I’ve learned on my journey (especially about diet) and creating a plan for optimum health. After all, it’s hip to be healthy! Prevention is super HOT! As far as TV goes, we are currently developing a series and if all goes well you’ll see us back on TV sometime next year. The rest is super secret so I have to keep my lips zipped.

6) Congrats on celebrating 6 years since your diagnosis! Do you think about where you want to be in another 6 years or do you just take each day as it comes?

I don’t do the "day at a time" thing well, I’m a work-a-holic, manifester with huge dreams and plans!  In 6 years?  An Emmy (TV’s in my blood and I want to get back to it) and a baby – in that order.  Though I am a career girl and babies scare the crap out of me, I know motherhood would be an amazing experience so I hope I’m up to the challenge. Plus, my husband is the most loving remarkable man who would be the coolest pop on the planet.

7) What is your most memorable celebrity encounter and who are you still dying to meet?

Meeting Oprah was by far the best celebrity experience ever.  She is an incredibly charismatic force of nature!  I have never received a better hug in my life. So long and loving, I was very moved. I would love to meet Al Gore and of course, Obama.  It’d be great to teach him how to juice the veggies from their new organic garden!

8.) Favorite place in the world. Somewhere you would move in a heartbeat if the time was right. 

Santa Fe, New Mexico, it’s my spiritual getaway.

For more information visit Kris’ website/blog, online community, and CSL Store:

Kris’ Website/Blog

Kris’ Online Community

Crazy Sexy Life Store

Kris, a sincere thank-you from myself and Oh She Glows readers for this inspiring interview!

I can’t wait to buy her book Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor as well as the new book she is currently penning.

I appreciate everyone’s thoughts, comments, and questions below!

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“Life is just too sweet to be bitter.” ~ Kris Carr

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Leah @ simply fabulous March 31, 2009

I love it! Oddly enough i am drinking a green monster as i was just logging on to your site! What am honour to interview her! I would love to read her book. Can’t wait to watch that video once i get home tonight!

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Queenie March 31, 2009

I just have to say I love this interview and the blog! Her spirit, and yours, is contagious. I feel so much better about life after reading your blog and this interview was no exception! Thank you.

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VeggieGirl March 31, 2009

She is FREAKING incredible – a big inspiration for me dealing with my Crohn’s Disease (obviously it’s not cancer, but still a hard disease to cope with).

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Krista March 31, 2009

Great interview! I saw Kris Carr’s crazy sexy cancer on TLC and loved it. Her green drink sounds very appealing….and green! I don’t know that I could follow ALL her suggestions, but certainly a few would be beneficial to me!

Thanks for such an awesome guest post!

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brandi March 31, 2009

great interview – this is awesome that you got to do this!

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Shelby March 31, 2009

Amazing interview!

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Brooke March 31, 2009

Angela! Awesome!!!! Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on this NICE addition to your site.

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Katy G. March 31, 2009

Very inspiring post!

I had my first green monster last night…it was a wimpy one though! I used spinach, 1/2 a banana, 1/4 mixed berries, and 1% milk. It was delicious! I’m going to slowly use less fruit until I get to a “real” green monster!

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Leslie March 31, 2009

great interview.
i love this post!
very informative.
and i love the juicing info!

great work!

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Bethany March 31, 2009

Really awesome interview! I love Kris Carr and check in on her blog daily. Do you plan to start juicing as well? I currently blend my “green monsters” every morning like you do but do have a juicer that I could use as well. I understand the benefits of juicing the veggies and fruits, but I feel so much better blending everything and consuming the entire fruit/veggie. What are your thoughts?

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Jenny March 31, 2009

Great interview! So inspirational :)

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bobbi March 31, 2009

thanks for this wonderful post, I am inspired as always:)

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Nicole March 31, 2009

WONDERFUL!!! Congrats to you for the opportunity to do such an amazing interview. Just what I needed this morning to put things in perspective and get me out of my funk.:)

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Diana March 31, 2009

Wow! What a great interview!
Thanks so much for bringing it to us!
Diana

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britt March 31, 2009

great interview! thanks so much for sharing. i really liked everything she had to say!! i am definitely going to check out her book this weekend.

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Run Sarah March 31, 2009

Thanks for the great interview – such an inspiring story! I’ll have to look out for her book.

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Bec March 31, 2009

love the interview!

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Danica March 31, 2009

Wow ~ What an honor and an amazing interview. Thanks so much for sharing it all with us. I can’t wait to watch the video later when I get home. Kris is such an inspiration ~ we could all learn something from her.

Awesome, truly, truly, awesome!

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Sheri March 31, 2009

She is truly an incrediable person! Being a cancer survior myself I know what an eye opener it is when you are handed that information! It sure sent me into a way healthier and balanced lifestyle. That was a great interview Angela, thanks so much for being able to bring it to your readers!

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april March 31, 2009

Yay! Finally someone recognizes New Mexico! :D

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Liz March 31, 2009

I just finished watching the video. I am so glad I did- Kris is sch an amazing and inspiring woman. cannot wait to pick up her book. Thanks Angela for sharing with us.

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AshleyH March 31, 2009

VeggieGirl I had no idea that you had chrons disease. I have a severe form of IBS. I would love to talk to you sometime about living with that!

I found her to be so inspiartional to even though I cant die from my issues I have been trying to live life to the fullest and just living a healthier life regardless.

I was wondering though I eat alot of green smoothies but thats not the same as juicing right. Is it better to juice?

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Amy March 31, 2009

Wow. Amazing. What a totally inspriational outlook, interview, and video. Thank you both for sharing.

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RunToFinish March 31, 2009

that was a great interview!

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Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now March 31, 2009

by the way, I love in the video how she says “but here’s the thing… we’re all going to die, but how many of us truly live?”

Seriously, awesome. I’m totally inspired- again.

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Jess March 31, 2009

Wow–what an incredible story. Thanks so much!
<3 jess :)
xxx

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Aimee March 31, 2009

WOW. Thanks for this.

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Brandi C March 31, 2009

This is SO inspiring! Thanks for such an AMAZING post Angela :)

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kris carr April 1, 2009

Angela,

You are pure light, an Oh She GLows rainbow. Thank you doll. And I just want to say that I LOVE smoothies too. They are terrific and I include BOTH in my diet on a daily basis. Smoothies give me the opportunity to add good fats like avocado. YUM. XO!

Peace & veggies,
Kris

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the running yogini April 2, 2009

I finally got to watch the video (I couldn’t yesterday) and I am AMAZED. What a beautiful way of looking at life. What a necessary way of looking at life.

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colonics July 8, 2009

Its so lucky…but its really an interesting blog i loved reading it.

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