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November is National Prevention Month (Because I Said So!)

November 1, 2011|30Comments|


Health Ambassadors,

Last week I decided to totally hijack the entire prevention movement and throw all chronic disease, shit pickles, emotional BS and dis-ease into one month of self-care awareness. We’re calling November “National Prevention Month” – for everything!

In 1971 – the year I was born – President Nixon and Congress declared war on cancer. So what’s happened in the 40 years since? Not much. Today, the United States has the seventh highest cancer rate in the world. While heart disease is on a slight decline in the U.S., the cost to treat it is expected to triple by 2030. Around the globe, diabetes deaths will double between 2005 and 2030. By 2030, almost 23.6 million people will die from from heart disease and stroke. These are expected to remain the single leading causes of death.

Here’s the download that most of us missed: The majority of chronic diseases, including many cancers, are caused by diet, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors. Not just genetics. Actually, poor ole genetics often gets a bad rap. Enter … drumroll … epigenetics! The sexy science that teaches us that our genes are not always our destiny. We can actually have a predispostion for something and still avoid the trigger. Um, yeah, we’re that powerful.

What can you do to stack the odds in your favor to hopefully avoid an unwanted medical condition? Remember this very important snugget: Keep you inner eco-system as clean as possible. That’s right, you have rivers and lakes and sky on the inside. When you smoke and shout, eat dead foods and refuse to wean, finger your remote, cry on the inside, junk out on sugary crack, and slather chemicals on and around your body – you’re polluting the pristine environment that is you. If you’re a swamp on the inside, it’s time to cleanse the waters and get them moving again. Here’s how …

Eat LOTS of plants, less animals, real food, nothing fake, move your assets, dial down stress, breeeathe, don’t smoke (it will rob your beauty and your life), build a contemplative practice, love more than you hate, forgive (yourself), pray like you give a damn, take fun seriously, burn your to-do list, say no to other peoples “you-do” lists, dump stuff, make memories, poop, poop, poop, drink your holy green juice, take supplements based on what your blood work suggests ya need, pet your pet, smile like a child, live like it’s the first day of the rest of your life and it’s so delish that you can’t wait for another!

There is only one lasting cure … and it’s prevention. And it’s up to us to set an example, teach our children, and lead the way to health, spiritual wealth, and happiness through personal action. Prevention rocks!

If you’re on board, then join me and spend the next 30 days focusing on self-care. Do it for yourself, do it for the broken sickcare system and do it for the next generation. This is a movement, my friends. We need numbers. We need you. Share this post with your friends. Talk about it on Facebook and twitter. Make prevention trend! Wanna? Use the hashtag #preventionrocks

And if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, get on it! From here on out, I’ll be writing a lot more about my personal thoughts and reflections there.

xo,

Kris Carr



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30 responses to November is National Prevention Month (Because I Said So!)
  1. Thank you Kris. I’m all in for National Prevention, or rather self-care, month. As a Pleasure Nutritionist I agree with all that you said about cleaning from the inside out and the outside in and taking fun seriously!

    As a teacher of Intuitive Eating, however, I would add to that list – and listen, LISTEN, to your body for what she wants – when she wants rest, when she wants to eat, what foods feel good in her belly, when she’s done eating and what she needs to truly thrive. Because when we listen, we hear a whole lotta wisdom.

  2. Thank you for this Kris. You are an inspiration.

  3. You are giving me power. Be by my side and help me get the point when I wont feel any hip and back pain any more. Yesterday I was vegetarian and from today I am vegan – thx U. Hope that will work for my future. Go VEG!!!

  4. I am ALL IN on this !!! I am needing this so much !!!! Breaking out my Crazy Sexy Diet and getting this ball on the roll !!! Detox – here i come !!!!

  5. This is super exciting Kris! Posts like this are a reminder of why Oprah says you started a Revolution – it’s absolutely true :)

  6. Heaven Yeah to you hijacking November:) I´ll spread the word as much as I can on http://www.earthsprout.org starting with a prevention is suuuper hot (and yummie) course in Andalusia April 2012<3 For all Superheroes everywhere!

  7. I’m doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred for National Prevention Month! Perfect timing:)

  8. Excellent! Do you like “prevention rocks” or “health promotion”? Great comment on my facebook page about the psychology of the positive vs the neg… XO! KC

  9. Love this. Totally passed it on. Sums it all up so perfectly.

  10. Thank you Kris!

    I woke up this morning 11.1.11 and vowed to stop drinking diet coke, I stopped at the store for some Morning Thunder tea (cant go cold turkey on caffeine just yet – baby steps). I get to work and see this post, count me in!

    Diabetes and heart disease are rampant on my reservation and I want to be a role model for change.

  11. oh and Prevention Rocks!

  12. oh dear. as my kids just went through their halloween buckets to pile up the candy they are trading for a toy…those bags trade-ins are now sitting next to my computer as i type. twix, milkey ways, reese’s…so what your saying is, the bags need to go to work with my husband on thursday…but they will still be in my house for TWO whole days…maybe we can donate them…
    :)
    jen

  13. Your timing is great. I actually have started back into therapy for depression beginning full swing this month, and had scheduled my first annual physical in four years this month. Based on what I have learned from you and everyone at crazy sexy life I am trying out an integrative medicine specialist for my primary doc. Next step maybe I will actually do one of your cleanses and actually do something real about my health. One can hope. Keep inspiring.

  14. Yay! This is perfect!

  15. Love this movement and the t-shirt you’re wearing in the pic!

  16. I love this!!! I am excited and will use that hashtag with zest!

  17. Prevention Rocks, for sure!

  18. It is also Crohns and Colitis Awareness Month!!!

    I am going to combine Prevention and IBD this month to promote better health habits for a condition that is close to my heart (UC). Thanks for starting this movement!

  19. I’m in!!! How do I sign up for your sexy newsletter?

  20. I’m joining in as always and passing it on!

  21. YES!!! Our healthcare problems in this country are mostly caused by diet. It frustrates me so much that the focus is on medical care, not putting the responsibility on how we care for our bodies.

  22. Love your passion!

  23. Thank you, Kris! You continue to be such an inspiration! I’ve been following the Crazy, Sexy, Diet for almost a year now and feel great! I think the ideas laid out in your book are a PREVENTION plan! My mom was diagnosed wit Breast Cancer two years ago, and my dad has lymphoma, both in their early fifties!! So, I am very concerned about prevention myself! Tank you so much continuing to spread the word and being such a positive role model! I will definitely spend the next 30 days…and many more focusing on self care! Because of you, I finally started my website and FB page to share simple healthy tips and recipes! Thank you-Andrea

  24. I am so in! How do I join this 30 day fabulous journey??

  25. We couldn’t agree more and are spreading the word !

  26. Luuuuvvvv it! Thank you for the inspiration, Kris. Here’s to a healthy November and December and 2012 and 2013….

    BTW, where can I get a KALE tshirt? I’ve been looking for one like that and they are hard to find. I would love a tip on where to find one. Grass-ias! ;)

  27. I too am a wellness warrior, not a total vegetarian tho, as my hubby loves meat & I do eat it sometimes. I have cured myself of cervical pre-cancer stage 4, acid reflux, depression, and many other conditions by diet, exercise, supplementation & positive thinking. No drugs ever. I am a healthy chef, love to eat, cook , feed people, stay in shape and be a positive influence on those I encounter! I have been writing a healthy cooking blog for over a year, having lots of fun with it!

  28. I too am a wellness warrior, not a total vegetarian tho, as my hubby loves meat & I do eat it sometimes. I have cured myself of cervical pre-cancer stage 4, acid reflux, depression, and many other conditions by diet, exercise, supplementation & positive thinking. No drugs ever. I am a healthy chef, love to eat, cook , feed people, stay in shape and be a positive influence on those I encounter! I have been writing a healthy cooking blog for over a year, having lots of fun with it!

  29. Love to hear more of your juicy inner thoughts/nuggets!

  30. Kriss I heard you on Hay House for the first time last week and it was so great to hear your voice. I remembered you from Oprah and often thought about you over the years and how you were doing or should I say living. And there you were in your grooviness talking up you new cookbook.

    I’m feelin’ the love for raw and love your bright light.

    Thank you sincerely,
    Love Ruth