5 Ways to Love Your Life More… My Conversation with Kris Carr

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Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 10.12.05 AMFor nearly a decade, I’ve been friends with the amazing, talented and fun, Kris Carr. Perhaps you know Kris because her books inspired your wellness journey, or maybe you stay up late cruising her inspirational videos on YouTube. Or, are you one of the thousands of lives that Kris has guided back to health? Her commitment to serve and her contagious spirit continues to touch many people around the world.

Over the years my friendship with Kris has grown into a deep soul sister connection of great mutual support and love. Not only do we support each other’s endeavors but we show up for each other spiritually. Kris has taught me so much and continues to inspire me daily. To give you a hit of Kris’s inspiration, I decided to interview her on the blog. In this interview, Kris shares the 5 ways to love your life more. Enjoy our riff on life, love, miracles and smoothies…

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Enjoy my conversation with Kris on life, wellness and how to keep it all in balance…

Gab: How do you not beat yourself up when you fall off the health wagon?

Kris: First and foremost, I don’t believe in wagons, they’re way too confining—and they’re super old fashioned—but there’s a reason to talk about them. We all fall away from our good habits from time to time. It’s not always possible or convenient to bring our entire wellness practice with us as we jet-set around for work or play. Just remember that good health doesn’t require us to be perfect, austere monks. We’re actually more resilient than we think. So if you’re struggling with fits and starts and all the beatings that go with them––dump that noise.

That said, what happens when you’ve been practicing self-care and feeling fantastic, then all of a sudden you have a crappy day (or week or month)? Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and just move forward.

The point is to take your self-care one day at a time and get to know yourself at the deepest level. Above all, be kind and patient. So what if you started your day with a cup of coffee instead of a green juice? Enjoy the joe! Then make the green juice or meditate for 10 minutes etc. This is not about control or doing things “right,” it’s about an overall direction.

G: What’s your morning routine?

K: Our first moments are our most open and sacred. They’re the bridge between dreaming and consciousness. If you’re like me, it probably takes a few minutes to really feel present and in your body. This is the perfect time to connect with your soul. Rather than tuning into the outside noise, go inside first. Silently give thanks and show yourself some much-deserved love. Begin each morning by blessing your day. How lovely, right?

Here’s an example of what I say upon waking: “Thank you for another day on this glorious planet. May I be happy, healthy, kind, loving. Have a beautiful day, sweet Kris. I love you.”

This simple practice helps shift our perceptions about ourselves and the world around us. So much of our focus is often on what we don’t have or what’s missing in our relationships, jobs or overall well-being. We wake up ready to judge and criticize. When we start our day with blessings everything shifts. While there may be circumstances in our lives that we can’t change, nothing can take away our freedom to choose our own thoughts. After that, I make a juice or smoothie!

G: What’s one small thing that we can all do daily to stay more present?

K: Our presence is the greatest gift we can give yourself and others. Personally, I try to bring awareness to everything I do. It’s not always possible and sometimes I’m terrible at it, but the intention is what matters. Whether it’s walking your dog, playing with your kids, cooking delicious healthy meals for yourself and your family, or just talking to your friend on the phone. Turn off the devices, stop the multi-tasking, and just be there for your life. You’ll be surprised at the joy and calm you’ll begin to feel. Not only that, but wow do we notice more when our eyes are fully open to the beauty of the moment.

G: What does it mean to you to “say yes to life”?

K: This is the topic of the lecture you and I are doing this week (and tickets are still available via Livestream! See below). For me, “saying yes to life” is about saying “yes” to our aliveness, to what lights us up, and amplifies our joy. It’s also about noticing where we are blocking the generous flow of the universe or cutting off our abundance. But saying “yes to life” isn’t about saying yes to everything. Saying “no” is also important. Especially since every “no” makes space for the right “yes”.

G: You’ve got another amazing book coming out tomorrow! Congrats, sweet sister. Crazy Sexy Juice is so beautiful, the recipes are outstanding and like everything you do, it’s thorough, delicious and filled with love. Tell us about the book and the rad bonuses you’re offering.

For years people have been asking me about juicing and blending, and if I could give them more recipes. Well, I finally put all my knowledge in one place and created over 100+ juice, smoothie and nut milk recipes, plus and easy 3-day cleanse for anyone who needs a little reboot. With timesaving tips for folks on the go, advice on choosing the best produce and kitchen equipment without breaking the bank, ideas for getting your family onboard and so on, Crazy Sexy Juice will have you incorporating juicing and blending into your everyday life in a way that works with your schedule, boosts your overall energy and health, and tastes darn good to boot.

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One thing people have been asking me is if there are enough smoothie recipes in the book. Actually, there are close to 60 recipes for all the blender lovers out there. In addition, everyone who buys the book will receive some amazing bonuses, including my Self-Care for Busy People meditation album, the Livestream recording of our Say Yes to Life lecture and launch event with our friend Marie Forleo (me and gabs), and an exclusive one day virtual Wisdom & Wellness Workshop with some of the biggest names in health, spirituality and personal development. I love helping people on their journey to a vibrant, soulful life. Crazy Sexy Juice and these bonuses are my way of doing that!

For information about the book and bonuses, go here.

G: Can you share one of your favorite recipes from the book?

K: Of course, I’ll share two of my favorites. The first one is awesome…

Check out the Brain Booster:

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Brain Booster
Blueberries aren’t just a delicious way to sweeten your smoothies (and give them a gorgeous, deep blue hue). They’re also powerful brain boosters. In clinical studies, blueberries have been associated with increased cognitive function, including memory improvement, and they may also help to protect your brain from oxidative stress, lessening the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts are also associated with cognitive protection, and a possible mood lift: omega-3’s are thought to help fight depression. Who knew there could be so much power in your glass? (You did!).

Makes 2 Servings (16 to 20 Ounces)
1/2 banana, frozen
1 1/2 cups blueberries, frozen
1 1/2 cups almond milk or nondairy milk of choice
2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
1 cup kale, leaves only, tightly packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

  1. Wash and prep all ingredients.
  2. Blend and serve.

This next recipe is one of Gabby’s favorites!

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The C Bomb
Makes 2 Servings (16 to 20 Ounces)

1 cucumber
4 stalks celery
2 small apples, cored and seeded
1½ cups red cabbage
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled
Wash and prep all ingredients.
Juice all ingredients.

We hope you enjoyed these tips! To get 100+ more juice and smoothie recipes grab your copy of Crazy Sexy Juice here.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. I absolutely adore blueberries in smoothies – they are truly a favorite of mine! You hit the nail on the head about the “wagon”. Each of us have our own individual routine that works! Thanks for the insight!

  2. You two ladies are the best! Many thanks for sharing your two favorite recipes. Totally making the brain booster this week. I am in need of it. Hugs and butterflies from DC
    :) XO Radell

      1. Thanks Gabby. I have been trying your “no sugar” practice. I am happy to know that I can have berries and green apples! I appreciate your feedback. You are a great inspiration to so many.

  3. I’m hoping that the Livestream will be made available “after the fact” – I will be watching my grandson & granddaughter so that my DDIL can attend Kris’ book launch in person and there will be NO likelihood that I can watch it on Tuesday.

  4. Love this, thank you. I’ve been incorporating these practices into my daily routine. Self-love is getting easier and easier every day :) I have one question though, Gabby. Do you have any videos/advice for people who struggle with feeling defensive? I have very strong, angry reactions to feeling judged or criticized, even when the other person is well-meaning in their suggestions. They’ve been setting me back hardcore on my wellness journey.

  5. Feeling left out as I just can’t eat smoothies or juice . Just don’t get on with them . However healthy they sound they make me feel bloated and dragged down . Does this happen to anyone else . I quit sugar a year ago and feel great but for me I have to use my teeth at a meal or my tummy complains ! Every single health programme raves about juices….where our bodies really designed to eat so much liquid food I wonder ? We do have teeth after all .Anyone else struggle with this? Feeling a juicy failure!

    1. Hi Rosemary, you’re not a juice failure! You’ve raised something very important: we do need to use our teeth. When we chew, we tell our body to produce more enzymes to digest our food. That being said: yes, we do need to eat solids. Juices and smoothies are great to incorporate into your diet but we still need solid food (at least for now, unless we begin to evolve beyond that and wean off).

  6. Gabby – thank you for the inspiration as always! I love celebrating other women. As it relates to meditation, do you have longer guided meditations in the works? Would love 30 min or more. Can u help me find them if already out there? Thank u!!

  7. I love your statement about the wagon. It’s very easy to become obsessed with defining our habits or creating the perfect routine and to become frustrated when these things don’t work out as planned. It is important that we don’t push ourselves too far and end up falling further off the deep end.

  8. Hi ladies, I have a really hard time loving my life right now. So many of the circumstances around me have basically made my day to day a struggle. I’m sleeping 5h and less and I already have adrenal exhaustion with an auto-immune condition. I’m trying to catch my negative thought patterns because they’re popping up A LOT these days. I’m also thinking about re-evaluating my expectations and redirecting my energy (I know it’s off because I’m dropping and breaking things by accident). I’m not sure how to simplify my life if there is so little I have control over at the moment. I can’t let my health continue to take a hit, though. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I would really appreciate them. Thank you in advance!

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