Detox Diaries: My "Crazy, Sexy Diet"
Can a chai-obsessed, meat-loving writer become a green juice-drinking vegan for 21 days in order to detox her body? Find out
The planHere's the low-down on this detox: It's a low-fat, vegan diet that includes skads of whole organic foods, low-glycemic fruits, raw veggies, and lean vegetarian sources of protein (think beans and tofu) to balance your body's pH and rid your body of toxins. The plan includes drinking a green juice every morning and ideally, another one every afternoon.
The author, Kris Carr, has a fascinating story: In 2003, she was diagnosed with an extremely rare --and inoperable -- cancer. No surgery. No chemo. No cure.
"Second and third opinions, along with endless hours at the University of Google, followed," Carr says. "I quickly learned that illness was a business, and if I wanted to successfully navigate hurricane cancer, I needed to take my emotions out of it." So she kissed her dreams of making it big on Broadway good-bye and started learning everything she could about the factors she could control when it came to managing -- and possibly even reversing -- her cancer. She found that overhauling her diet (essentially, eating by the rules of this detox year-round) was her best shot at getting better.
Eight years later, Carr's cancer is in remission. Just as impressive? The girl is the picture of health. I had a chance to meet her a few months ago and can tell you first-hand, this lady has got it going on. Her skin is clear. The whites of her eyes couldn't be whiter. She literally bounces into a room with a ton of happy-making energy.
If Carr kicked cancer by following this plan, surely I can do it for 21 days in order to drop a few pounds and get clearer skin.
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