By Kris Carr
Morris Book Publishing (2011)
Reviewed by Marjorie Nolan, MS, RD, CDN, ACSM-HFS
Crazy Sexy Diet is a guide for all things wellness, to transform your life while covering all the bases of healthy living. The Crazy Sexy Diet is backed by medical research, solid science and logic.
Crazy Sexy Diet reveals the importance of pH and shows how to maintain the ideal pH balance. It exposes the truth about toxic meat, dairy and sugar habits; shatters common myths about protein and calcium; sheds new light on the role of inflammation in disease and calls attention to the widespread problem of gluten intolerance.
Synopsis of the Diet Plan
Crazy Sexy Diet is a low-fat, vegetarian program that emphasizes balancing the body's pH by eating more organic, raw vegetables, low-glycemic fruits and whole grains and drinking green juices and green smoothies. It includes a "21-day Adventure Cleanse" to help converts ease into and embrace the program—mind, body and spirit. The plan explains how pH balance in our bodies is crucial to health and why our bodies need to stay slightly alkalized to function optimally, promoting a 60/40 ratio of alkaline/acidic foods. There is an emphasis on how animal products affect our health and why eating a plant-based diet improves overall well-being, and prevents and reverses disease. It warns of the dangers of favorite vices such as coffee, cupcakes and alcohol. It covers a spectrum of supplement recommendations, appliances, recipes, exercises and looks at the spiritual side of wellness, emphasizing meditation.
Nutritional Pros and Cons
Crazy Sexy Diet is not a diet book focused on helping you lose weight. It's actually a wellness book focused on total health. Ph balance is emphasized as the basis of disease prevention. While the recommendations for neutralizing body pH are generally healthy such as eating mostly whole foods and lots of raw fruits/veggies while avoiding high sugary foods and additives there is little evidence to prove that pH balance is the main ingredient in disease prevention. The eating advice in Crazy Sexy Diet may be extreme for some (especially the "21-day Adventure Cleanse"); however, the book has a likable, upbeat and sassy tone similar to Skinny Bitch, except a lot less angry and a lot more encouraging. Crazy Sexy Diet is all about getting you to eat mostly organic fruits and vegetables. Meat eaters may be turned off by the vegan menu and the debate that a vegan diet is the most optimal or greenest diet. Crazy Sexy Diet is not overwhelmingly preachy about veganism itself, instead choosing to focus on moving away from the unhealthy and un-green standard American diet of processed edible food-like substances, including processed faux meats and factory-farmed meats. Crazy Sexy Diet references scientific studies, credentialed professionals and associations such as the American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.
It weaves in a lot of eco-friendly eating ideas and explains the health and environmental consequences of factory farms, encourages buying produce from local farmers and the downsides of disposable bottled water. It's filled with checklists, affirmations, tips and recipes to keep you on track and recommends taking lifestyle changes at your own pace and not being too hard on yourself.
Most people who follow the Crazy Sexy Diet may lose weight; however, they will be more likely to become aware of health and how to be more eco-friendly. If being more environmentally mindful and wanting to change your overall lifestyle is a goal, this is an excellent book. For people who want to focus on weight loss, this book is not a good fit as it is not a weight-loss book but a lifestyle book. A challenge for many readers will be the expense of organic foods, food preparation and lifestyle changes.