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:
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!