Crazy Sexy Wellness

by Gena on May 11, 2009

Hi all,

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I enjoyed a lovely lunch and stroll with my Mom, who also celebrated her birthday this weekend (Happy Birthday, Mom!).

Before the birthday fete on Saturday, I was lucky enough to attend a great wellness event: Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Wellness Forum. For those of you who don’t know Kris and her work, get acquainted: Kris is one of the most energetic and powerful voices in the vegan and raw communities. At the age of 31, Kris, an actress, was diagnosed with stage IV of a rare form of vascular cancer and declared “incurable.” Determined not to live as a perpetual “patient,” Kris sought answers in alternative medicine. She plunged bravely into the (sometimes enlightening, sometimes hilarious) holistic community, meeting other women who were living with cancer, meeting leaders in naturopathic medicine, discovering the raw and vegan lifestyle, and chronicling the entire journey in her fantastic documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer.

Today, Kris’s cancer is stable, and she has risen to the top of the alternative health community, helping women with cancer to feel sexy, empowered, and hopeful, and helping all women (me included) to feel proud of a more natural, holistic lifestyle. How Kris manages to run a business, run a film production company, host incredible events, teach workshops, write books, pray, meditate, and practice her yoga is beyond me, but she does it all with a an open heart and a huge smile.

On Saturday, Kris and her “posse” of friends in the alternative health community hosted a wellness forum at Donna Karan’s lovely Urban Zen Foundation in the West Village. The foundation is devoted to integrative medicine, the empowerment of children, and the protection of indigenous cultures throughout the world, and it’s housed in a gorgeous, open space.  Kris’s co-speakers of the day were Michael Perrine, a colonic hydrotherapist and raw foods coach here in NYC, Donna Perrone, also a colonic hydrotherapist and founder of Accent on Wellness, a foundation devoted to helping people transition into a healthy lifestyle, and Denise Mari, the gorgeous and talented founder of Organic Avenue, one of my favorite raw, organic health stores  in the city. The day was catered with fresh teas and incredible juices from Organic Avenue (check out Denise’s Love Fast, a specialized juice fasting program she’s developed). All of the speakers were great. Here’s the group, wrapping up the day with a Q & A:

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This event served as a reminder not only of the incredible, dynamic, and talented people working in the holistic health community, but of the power of community itself. For those of you out there who are curious about raw foods, veganism, or simply healthy living, but feel isolated or alone: don’t. There is a big community of people with similar interests and passions out there. And they’re all eager to help. You can find them online through welikeitraw.com or meetup.com, and through so many blogs and forums: Kris’s blog, Natalia’s Detox Community, and many more.

On this note, I want to mention a very special initiative that Kris has started up: The Adventure Cleanse Tune Up. For those of you who are lovin’ Raw Wednesdays and want to incorporate cleansing into your life in a more consistent way, I highly recommend Kris’s program! You can choose one of four levels (ranging from those of you who are just trying to give up coffee and red meat to those of you who are already into raw or veganism and want to commit more wholly). I won’t be participating per se (every day is a tune up in my book!) but I am a proud member of Kris’s forum, and I’ll be posting recipes for participants. All recipes will be vegan, alkalizing, cleansing, gluten-free, soy-free, wheat, refined sugar, and processed starch-free! For more information, please check out Kris’s blog, www.crazysexylife.com, and get involved!

On that note, kids, I leave you until later this evening, when I will announce (drumroll) the winner of the spirooli giveaway! Fingers crossed!

xo

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fitforfree May 11, 2009 at 10:02 am

Sounds like a fantastic panel! I love Organic Avenue . . . just wish their organic clothes weren’t so expensive!

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Gena May 11, 2009 at 10:51 am

Oh gosh, me too!

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Kathleen May 11, 2009 at 10:24 am

I am so sad that I missed the event as I’m still out of town? Were you at the last one at the Jivamukti yoga center? Thanks for the update on how it went. What a great panel!

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Gena May 11, 2009 at 10:49 am

It was so good, Kathleen! Sorry to have missed you! I couldn’t make it to the last one, alas.

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FoodsThatFit May 11, 2009 at 10:26 am

Thank you Gena for the links!!! More great info as always! Maybe this will help me nix my Diet Coke addiction :)

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Gena May 11, 2009 at 10:51 am

You can do it, Abbie! Anytime you need help with a craving, email me.

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Shelby May 11, 2009 at 11:10 am

She is so inspiring! Just like you =)

I’m totally going to check out that site, a clease sounds perfect for me right now. I’m coming down from a tofu addition and it’s not pretty.

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Gena May 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Hey lady!!

You are TOO sweet to say that I inspire you! Thank you!

Soy addiction is a messy business. Totally let me know if you need a helping hand :)

Gena

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lauren May 11, 2009 at 11:28 am

Thanks for the review on the event! I really wanted to go but $50 wasn’t in the budget this month. I hope to go to the next one (I think it’s in July). Glad you had such a great time! I just love Kris!

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Gena May 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Isn’t she the best?! Hope you’re at the next one :)

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Lacey May 11, 2009 at 11:45 am

Thanks for the links!

Ooooh I hope I am the winner of the spiralizer I soooooo badly need to make some raw pasta!

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Pearl May 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm

ooh how FUN!

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Amber May 11, 2009 at 2:21 pm

awesome~ Kris is the reason I started researching raw foods. I remember reading about her saying cooked nuts are rancid and that really made me look into raw foods. I love her crazy sexy life website I am going to check out her cleanse stat

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Gena May 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Amber,

How funny! I just love Kris. She’s truly amazing.

Gena

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Jessica May 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm

OMG, I just checked out Kris’ site, and after skimming 2 posts, I LOVE HER! :) She sounds like an amazing person – just like you! She sounds kinda sassy, like me … :) Thank you for sharing her site with us!

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melissa May 11, 2009 at 4:04 pm

wow talk about a crew with the glow! sorry to have missed it!

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elise May 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

what a great post. im so glad you shared this with me, i had no idea who kris was, but i am a huge believer in blending holistic medicine with traditional western medicine. i wish it were done more, and as a nurse i try to stay open minded to all forms of healing. i work in beth israel, and as you may or may not know, the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program at Beth Israel Medical Center officially launched the second phase of research recently. it even has a yoga studio! check it out

http://www.nurseconnect.com/Resources/ArticleProfile.aspx?Id=362304

thanks again for the info gena

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Gena May 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm

This is SO cool, Elise! I love efforts to bring the regular medical world and naturopathic worlds together. I cannot wait to explore this!

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Carole Mahoney May 13, 2009 at 6:00 am

Thank you so very much for this great information.

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nancy May 13, 2009 at 8:06 am

awesome seeing you on Saturday – there WILL be a Q catch up in our future. besos!

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Gena May 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

So awesome seeing you too! And yes, we’re going to make it happen.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2009 at 6:54 am

I just found your blog and I LOVE it. As soon as I saw that you are a Kris fan, I knew I would be hooked to your blog. Recently Kris did an interview on my website and I was thrilled.
I will enjoy reading up on your raw journey!

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