Kris Carr is a well known, funny and committed personality for a healthy, lively and happy diet. His story allows us to understand why: on Valentine’s Day in 2003, Kris is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer , very rare and incurable. This shock transformed her and led her to take charge of her life.
It is in the diet that she found the most incredible playground to change her body, her health and her life . She made a film about her story (Crazy Sexy Cancer) and wrote several books, all best sellers, where she guides us towards a vegetable diet, fresh and nutritionally dense and complete.
In short, this funny, pseudo, insolent and militant girl is an example to follow, whose charismatic speeches and wise advice will convince you .
Here are, summarized for you, the 20 best tips from Kris Carr for your diet and well being. Taken from his « Crazy Sexy Manifesto » you can find here: www.kriscarr.com (in English). Personally, I totally agree with her, and I can assure you that adopting these tips, has also transformed my life.
1. BACK TO THE NATURE
Choose the foods that are least chemically treated (ideally, from organic farming). There are now over 80,000 chemicals in our environment, by eating them and introducing them into our body, we weaken our immune system. And find a link with nature, a small vegetable garden or even some aromatic plants at home are a good start. Recreate this lost link with the earth!
2. CHOOSE AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET
Go for an anti-inflammatory diet. Learn more about the impact of inflammatory foods on our health (gluten, dairy, sugar, coffee, soft drinks, alcohol and processed foods, wholesale, refined products). Also, learn about pH , acid-base balance and say goodbye to the classic French diet to promote basic and alkaline vegetables, germs, natural juices, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Oxygen and a lot of peace 🙂
3. MAKE JUICES, NOT WAR!
A natural juice, nutritionally dense, is the best way to ensure an explosion of energy for the whole day . By adding foods containing good fats (such as avocados or almond butter) you will keep it even longer! Try to replace your traditional cup of caoua with a juice, your adrenal glands will thank you (they are in charge of regulating the hormones to help your body react to stress). The recipe for her morning healthy juice, easy and delicious, is here .
4. DRINK FULL (FULL!) OF WATER
You can even squeeze a little fresh lemon into your glass of water to alkalize your body (reduce acidity) and start the day well.
5. REDUCE YOUR CONSUMPTION OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Particularly dairy products and evolve towards a diet based on plants . The more we consume animal products, the more chronic diseases soar. Try to reduce the amount of animal flesh you consume to 2/3 times a week.
6. DROP THE REFINED SUGARS
If it is done in a laboratory, only a laboratory can digest it! If it lasts longer than yours, do not eat it either. White sugar is a fuel for cancer, it increases your blood sugar, weakens your immune system, draws on your mineral reserve, is considered a highly addictive drug and floods your body with an excess of insulin and IGF1 , Which stimulates the growth of cancer cells. Discover the principle of « glycemic index » and choose foods with low glycemic index , as often as possible.
7. MOVE YOUR BODY!
Our lymphatic system is responsible for detoxifying our organs, draining excess, circulating nutrients and white blood cells in our bodies. Unlike the blood network that includes a pump (the heart), the lymphatic system depends on your movements to function . Walking, yoga, sport is your pump. So move this body for at least 35 minutes, 4 to 5 times a week. A brisk walk is enough, do not put pressure!
8. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT AND … WHAT WE DO NOT EVACUATE!
If necessary, give your colon a spring cleaning (hydrotherapy). And yes: pour a stream of alkalinity into your body and chase acid toxins. Our bodies have been designed to assimilate and eliminate. Just as we regularly introduce good things into our body, we also regularly need to get out the bad ones . Our grandmothers used to prescribe enemas to help us get rid of blockages, headaches and toxins. When laxatives appeared on the market, we abandoned this holistic and healthy approach to chemicals and synthetics. Do not be shy ; After all it is only a small pipe and a little filtered water;)
9. USE NATURAL PRODUCTS ON YOUR SKIN
Our skin is our biggest organ, and most of the things we put on end up being absorbed by our bodies. When toxins and chemicals accumulate, your skin shows it to you. All this greatly accelerates the aging process while deteriorating our immune system.
10. CREATE AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LIFESTYLE.
Glowing health comes not only from what you eat, it is also about managing what is devouring you. The inflammation created stress. And stress creates acidity. You realize it’s a vicious circle.
Find and engage in activities that help you relax. Some ideas: meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques, a notebook of gratitude (where you notice what you are grateful for in your life), dancing, praying, spending time in Nature, spending time with your friends, Etc.
11. DODO, DODO, DODO
Optimum sleep times are: from 11pm to 7am. Without proper sleep, our body can not completely detoxify, heal or repair itself.
Your stomach has no teeth. So give him a hand . And stop eating too late so that when you sleep, your body can fully concentrate in repair and our not in digestion.
13. SET LIMITS
So that you always have emotional and physical time to take care of you . It’s not selfishness, it’s self-preservation.
14. ALWAYS FIND TIME TO ENJOY YOURSELF
Laugh, walk, enjoy our friends, love. Laugh, giggle, stupidly or nervously, it’s great for your immune system.
15. DO NOT BE PERFECT
Perfection is boring! Being consistent with its values or principles does not mean being rigid. Imagine yourself traveling in a beautiful, invigorating and healthy way of life. It’s normal to take a few detours from time to time, to see different landscapes or eat chocolate. 🙂
16. GET INFORMED!
It is high time to change our perception of the disease. Drop the paradigm of traditional medicine that seeks only to treat the symptoms . The reality is quite different: our body is made up of interconnected systems. If an imbalance occurs in one system, it will have cascade effects in all other systems, leading to the occurrence of the (famous) disease. Understanding and treating the whole, interconnection, rather than tackling a symptom, which represents only the tip of the iceberg.
17. DO REGULAR HOUSEWORK IN YOUR LIFE
Whether your wardrobe, your home or your colon, get rid of the mess and toxins! Mental and physical disorder prevents us from being receptive to the calm and peace that we deserve.
18. KNOW HOW TO DO BUSINESS!
If you are going to switch to a vegetal diet, fresh and organic, you are going to have to think smart and economical when shopping. Tip: buy bulk and keep your food in glass jars.
19. CREATE YOUR TEAM
To support you and help you, throughout your life. Your team can include a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a yoga teacher and / or a masseur therapist. You are the captain of this team, you deserve the best and they will be there to help you through the surprises of life.
20. TAKE ALL THESE TIPS ON THE ROAD
If your work life requires you a lot of travel or routine changes, following these tips to stay healthy can be complicated. Anticipate and trust, you will get there!
3 rules to follow at breakfast to lose weight.
Eating nothing in the morning is as bad as eating anything. A balanced breakfast that often contradicts the most common habits helps to lose weight and ensure satiety until lunch without problem.
Atlantico: A healthy and balanced breakfast is a first step to regain control of your daily diet and can help us lose weight. What advice would you give that breakfast is a first step in weight loss?
Leaking refined foods with a high glycemic index
Consume breakfasts that are vectors of vitamins, fibers and minerals like the Miam-Ô-Fruit of France Guillain or a house muesli made of barley flakes, pruned almonds, dried apricots, cinnamon, acacia honey , wheat germ and an almond or oat drink. For salty mouths, dare the egg to shell, the slice of poultry or ham (not too often for the ecological impact!), The cheese (for those who tolerate it) with slices of sourdough bread or a full bowl of rice and a rapeseed oil.
Escape the fruit juices especially that of oranges which are real aggressions for the digestive tract, more or less rich in sugar and perfectly indigestible with any type of cereals.
Teas, maté, infusions and coffees of quality are preferable in small volume (200ml max).
Your breakfast should be consumed calmly with chewing applied.
What is the influence of what we eat in the morning on our choices for subsequent meals?
Charles-Antoine Winter: The influence would be rather a consequence … Understand that in the morning, on the blows of 6 to 8h, our body knows its highest concentration of fasting hormone cortisol (in this case, nocturnal fasting ), allowing us to maintain a glucose level (glucose level in our blood) correct without food intake and especially of carbohydrate origin. In other words, your body is on an autonomous metabolism. And this means knowing how to get out of it as wisely as possible.
Here are two possibilities: one where you submerge it of sweetness with an excess of sugar and make it dependent (circuit of the reward). And the other where you empower him with nutrients that require him to work as a team and therefore an autonomy.
Indeed, one of the most harmful and maintained habits in France is the breakfast rich in sugar, in empty calories. Intake of fiber-free sugar at breakfast will inevitably cause hyperglycemia, an excess of sugar circulating in your blood. And your body being in danger, will react to excess by secreting too much insulin, the latter being responsible for the use of sugar by your neurons, muscles, red blood cells (positive point) but also by the conversion of l excess sugar in fat. Worse yet, your sweet breakfast will be responsible, via insulin, morning cravings, your addiction to coffee, your oversized and / or unbalanced lunches. A day that starts and may end on the reward scheme …
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West Africa’s Tea Culture – a Way of Life
The term “tea ceremony” usually conjures up mental images of formal rituals in old Japan, or more modern ones in India or Malaysia where business deals are struck over a pot of tea and a handshake. In West Africa, ancient tea ceremony goes by the name “attaya,” and is anything but formal. In fact, tea culture in the continent’s western nations of Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal are the polar opposite of Japan’s ceremonies, where matcha tea is the focal point of a semi-religious event.
The attaya is more accurately described as a tea ritual or social function akin to a very informal wine-tasting session or round of toasts in Western cultures. Something like 80 percent of all West African children and adults drink tea on a daily basis, most of it being some variety of mint tea made in a way that likely originated among the ancient Moors.
French, Arabic, a little English, and local dialects are interwoven in everyday West African speech; and that makes for colorful, loud and friendly conversations during the traditional three rounds of tea in a typical attaya ceremony.
Despite its wide practice throughout West Africa, centering on Senegal, the attaya ceremony is largely unknown in the West. Here are some key facts that explain how the tea is made and served, how people interact while drinking it, and how to make a pot of West African tea that is “attaya-ready.”
The preparation of typical Senegalese mint tea, the kind used in the attaya ritual, takes quite a while, and is not as easy as preparing other kinds of tea. This is partly by design, enabling everyone to have a long conversation while the tea is being heated and mixed. Mint tea is a natural preventive for cavities and several other dental problems.
Ceremony and history
Every African attaya ceremony consists of three rounds. Tea is served in small glasses (not cups) with each round being quite different in taste. Legend has it that the first, bitter round represents the beginning of life and the difficulties of growing up. The second round is sweeter but retains the strong mint flavor. The third and final round is mostly very weak tea with plenty of sugar. The second round is said to signify the sweetness of mid-life, love, and marriage, with the final round being symbolic of old age. There are hundreds of historic stories about what each round means, but they all point to some version of “stages of life.”
Almost all the words related to African tea ceremony, including the word “attaya” itself, are Arabic in origin because the early Moors are thought to have perfected the art of preparing sweet mint tea. The Senegalese language is largely derived from Arabic. The best-known English word that comes directly from Senegalese is also food-and-drink related; “yummy.”
Tea culture in West Africa
Tea is always served to visitors in West African homes, but more commonly it is drunk during social gatherings at restaurants, on street corners, in alleyways, wherever people meet to talk and socialize.
There are dozens of ways to prepare African mint tea for attaya, but the most common one calls for a large pot of boiling water (preferably over a charcoal fire) to which is added green tea leaves, mint leaves and a generous dose of sugar. After a long boiling period, the tea is mixed by pouring it to and from the glasses several times. This distributes the sugar and mint evenly.
Good African mint tea has lots of foam on top. This is a result of the pouring process (see above) but it is usually less thick during the second and third rounds as the concoction weakens.
It is said that in many West African nations potential burglars and thieves will steer clear of homes and businesses if they smell mint tea being brewed in the evening. That’s because night watchmen and late-shift police typically drink strong mint tea to stay awake. The first round alone is enough to keep a person’s eyes wide open for several hours.
Taste and preparation
The taste of the tea depends on the preparer. Talented tea-makers in Senegal and neighboring countries usually do a careful head count before preparation. That way, they can calibrate the amount of sugar, tea leaves and mint to use, as well as how much water to prepare. Considering that each person will be drinking about 20 ounces of tea over a 2-hour period, very large pots are used when there are more than a few guests.
Because the caffeine content is so high, African-style mint tea is never served on an empty stomach, but always after meals. And contrary to almost every other nation’s tea-drinking practices, West African attaya attendees slurp and gulp their tea rather quickly. The socializing takes place between rounds of drinking rather than during. All of which means that a typical attaya 3-round ritual will include no less than 2 or three sessions of chatting that are each about 30 minutes long.
“Free speech” is the only rule
During an attaya session, guests are expected to express their opinion about the tea, saying whether they think it too strong, too weak or just right. Unlike in Western cultures, it is not considered rude to speak one’s mind about the quality of the tea at an attaya. “Wow, that’s way too strong for me,” and “Is this water or tea?” (during the third round) are routine comments from attaya participants, all of which bring either laughter or a reasoned response from the preparer, like “Well, you Brits and Americans are too weak to drink ‘real’ African tea. Hahahaha.”
Many Westerners are taken aback when they realize that West African attaya sessions are truly free-wheeling affairs, where just about any subject is fair game for discussion, and friendly argumentation is even encouraged and appreciated. (Contrast this with Japanese tea ceremony!)
It’s interesting to note the differences between the world’s most ritualized, formal matcha tea ceremonies of Japan and the much looser, socializing tone of West Africa’s attaya. In the former, virtually every word and action is prescribed by tradition. In a typical attaya, a street vendor might prepare the three rounds of mint tea with varying amounts of sugar and much chatter between host and guests.
Regardless of these obvious differences, West African attaya is one of the most colorful and interesting “tea ceremonies” on earth; and everyone should experience the camaraderie and good cheer that accompanies each glass of African mint served during attaya.