Crazy, Sexy Cancer Survivor

Open to any page in Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor (2008) book and you will read funny, poignant, lyrical, practical advice about how to live with cancer.

English: A close up of a fresh raw food dish

A close up of a fresh raw food dish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carr, an actress, portrait photographer, and filmmaker, had already written a best-selling survival guidebook, Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips (2007) and directed a companion documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer (2007).

By 2008, when Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor was published, it was five years past her Valentine’s Day 2003 diagnosis.

She was not cured, but she invented a new category to describe her status, progression-free remission, from Stage IV liver and lung cancer.

Since then, she’s written another best-selling book, Crazy Sexy Diet (2011), finished a cookbook, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, and lectures regularly on nutrition.

In Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor, Carr splits her tips for keeping cancer at bay into three categories:

  • Mind
  • Body
  • Spirit


Surviving a cancer diagnosis and thriving after treatment requires a mental adjustment of life-changing proportions.

The first chapter in Mind is, “If Wallowing Were a Sport, I’d Be Team Captain.”

Then, Carr invites you to unleash your inner power.

Her strategies are simple:

Give yourself some time to adjust, then, get moving into your new life.

  • Make a list of what you’ve always wanted to do, maybe going surfing or playing the guitar, and start doing it.
  • Make a list of places you’ve always wanted to go and start going.
  • Make a list of what you love to remind yourself of the sweetness of life.


In the Body chapters, Carr talks about diet and exercise.

On diet, Carr does not tell readers that they have to be vegans eating mostly raw foods.

But, she does tell them that that is what she does.

70-80% of her food is raw, mostly vegetables. She gave up meat and sugar.

But, she didn’t do it all in one step.

She transitioned until that is where she ended up, because she felt better when she ate that way.

She recommends that you chart foods that are Worst, Better, Best.

Then try to move up into the better food with each category, like moving from coffee to green tea to a green smoothie.

She starts with a list of what you shouldn’t eat:

  • Caffeine
  • Processed foods
  • Animal products
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Soy

Then, she lists what you should be eating:

  • Green juice
  • Real food
  • More raw food
  • Water

She also recommends supplements, like probiotics.

Carr has lots of healthy recipes on her blog, at 

Here’s a sample recipe from her web site:


by Green Lemonade

  • 8 ounces filtered water
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1/2 ripe avocado (if you are looking for something super creamy and comforting – especially during colder months – add the whole avocado)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 lime
  • handful of ice

Combine the ingredients listed above into a blender. Any blender will do, though a high-speed blender makes the smoothies even creamier and more delicious.

Add water and ice to thin or thicken as desired. Make sure the ice is fully blended.

Top with a squeeze of lime if desired


Carr’s Spiritual Chapters focus on finding your own path.

For example, here’s her advice on prayer:

“Just because you’re sick doesn’t mean you need to find your savior. If prayer helps, start a conversation.

“If it doesn’t, big whoop, make no judgments. Spirituality is a very personal trip….

“There’s a preconceived notion that when you are diagnosed, a lightbulb goes on and you suddenly realize what it’s all about.

“You enjoy ‘the moment’ more and live each day like it’s your last. Well, that’s a bunch of crap-o-la.

“First of all, I think it’s better to live every day like it’s your first…and it’s so good that you can’t wait for another.”


To you and a joyful life to all the “CanSer Cowgirls and Dudes” in your life.

Here’s where you can order, Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor


Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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