To say it was inspiring to interview New York Times and #1 Amazon best-selling author Kris Carr would be an understatement. The wellness activist refers to herself as a cancer thriver (as she has been living with cancer for over a decade) and at that point decided to transform her life into a healthy one. Carr is an expert on all things plant-based nutrition, including juices and smoothies, and her new book Crazy Sexy Juice hit shelves next week. We caught up with Carr on coconut oil, her favorite health spots, and a one-day cleanse perfect for fall…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I start my day with a huge glass of water, followed by either a fresh green juice or smoothie. Then onto a good ol’ cup of organic coffee or tea (I prefer to hydrate and give my body some plant-based nutrition prior to caffeine). If I’m still hungry, I’ll have avocado toast, oatmeal or a tofu scramble. Lunch is often a hearty soup or salad. I work from home so I like to keep it simple so that I can get back to my writing. Dinner is the most adventurous meal of the day for us. I love cooking, experimenting and trying new things. Tonight, for example, I’m making vegetable sushi maki rolls and an asian noodle bowl.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Honestly, I believe the most important beauty tip is to make sure you stay hydrated and rested. Stress lines, dark circles, blue-ish hues—they all vanish with enough water, green juice and sleep!
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
My routines are very simple and consistent. Keep your skin clean, moisturized and out of the sun. Though I love products, my skin looks best when I simply use a hot washcloth to wipe the day away. Granted, I don’t wear makeup when I’m at home writing, so it stays relatively clean. When I do wear makeup, I love to cleanse my face with Jurlique rose cleanser. Other favorite skincare products include S.W Basics exfoliant and toner and Tata Harper body oil (or just plain coconut oil). As for makeup, some of my favorites include RMS uncover up, W3ll people or Kjaer Weis mascara and Beautycounter lip sheer—really, all their products are phenomenal.
Do you have a favorite DIY skincare remedy that happens to be edible? What is it?
Coconut oil is the answer to everything. I use it on my hair, body, I even put it on cuts or rashes. You name it, it’s got coconut oil on it. Another simple skincare trick is to dry brush on a regular basis. We regularly release toxins out of our skin so it’s important to keep the pathway clear. Dry brushing loosens dead cells, stimulates acupressure points, moves the lymph and some say it even helps reduce cellulite (I agree!). The best part is that dry brushing leaves your skin velvety soft. You can buy a natural bristle brush at any health food store. Personally, I use those cheap little loofah gloves.
How to brush: Start with your feet and work your way up your body using circular strokes, moving toward your heart. But dry brushing isn’t rocket science; you can really do it any way you want. The best to time brush is before a shower or bath. And remember, be gentle.
What is your personal favorite smoothie comprised of?
To answer these next two questions I’ll pick two recipes from my new book, Crazy Sexy Juice! Raspberry Revitalizer made with kale, raspberries, banana, coconut butter, vanilla extract and Brazil Nut Milk. Oh my yum.
What is your personal favorite juice comprised of?
My Herbal Elixir recipe is another favorite in our house. It’s a combo of cucumber, pineapple, basil, cilantro or parsley, mint and kale. Heaven.
Foods/drinks you love, and ones you avoid and why…
I love plant-based food because it makes me feel great. I avoid fake, processed foods (because they suck the energy and health out of the body) and animal products (I’d rather cuddle them).
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
I love Santa Fe, New Mexico—it’s my soul home. As for what I won’t travel without, the list is long! Here goes… my travel yoga mat, noise-cancelling headphones, earplugs, the sound machine app on my iPhone, mini almond butter and coconut butter packs, individual oatmeal packs, homemade trail mix (goji berries, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts), Amazing Grass green superfood powder, probiotics, magnesium, vitamin D3, Vitamin C, lavender oil, Infinite Love energy mist (I adore everything from this brand!) and finally, good tunes, soulful tunes, dance tunes and sleepytime tunes.
If one’s not a fan of juices or smoothies, what are a few easy go-to alternatives for breakfast?
Well, first of all, if someone’s not a fan I’d want to make sure they have really explored juicing and blending before moving on. Often times juice bars don’t seem to actually taste their own recipes. Too much kale, not enough apple—it’s a delicate matter. I love experimenting with herbs, exotic fruits and healthy fats. Avocados, nut milks, coconut oil – they all add creamy texture, while also supporting your health. Other than that, breakfast should be satisfying and filling. A healthy breakfast for me includes plants, protein and good fats, especially omega 3s (see above suggestions).
The best advice you’ve ever received…
Risk it and be willing to fail.
The worst advice you’ve ever received…
Marry that guy. Thankfully I didn’t. I married a much kinder guy ten years later.
What would you say to someone that wanted to start over in terms of health and overall outlook on life?
Take it one step at a time and be super kind to yourself. It’s not a race. No one will give you a trophy. Listen to your inner guidance and to your body. Also, start adding goodness before you remove what doesn’t serve you.
Do you have a personal mantra? What is it?
Say yes to your life.
Can we get your favorite health spots in LA and NYC?
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?
Judge Judy, Ronda Rousey (UFC’s undefeated women’s bantamweight champion), Pema Chodron, Beryl Markham, and Maya Angelou. Talk about a fun night! I’d serve mocktails that could easily by spiked with whatever booze my powerful posse desired. I’d cook out of my previous book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen. We’d start with the Beetroot Ravioli with Cashew Cream Cheese, move onto the Chickpea Tagine or the Madeira Peppercorn Tempeh with white wine and shallot sauce and of course mashed potatoes (I’m a sucker for creamy mashers), along with a side of Roasted Brussels Sprouts with pistachios and cipollini onions (heads up: this is a great dish for Thanksgiving). Then for dessert we’d have my Clementine Sorbet. Did I mention champagne? That too.