Book Review | The Virgin Diet
Author: J.J Virgin, CNS, CHFS
I know what a lot of you are thinking right at this moment, after reading the cover of this book. Not another diet book?! Believe me, I thought the exact same thing when I picked it up. And after I started reading the first ten or fifteen pages. I was going to tuck it back onto the book shelf, chalking it up to yet another fad diet book out there. But I kept going, and I am so very glad I did. If you suffer from any of the following this book is worth the read; abdominal cramping, acne/rosacea, ADD and Hyperactivity, Arthritis (osteo or rheumatoid), Asthma, brain fog, chronic mucus/stuffy nose, congestion, constipation and/or diarrhea, dark circles under the eyes, depression, eczema, fatigue, food cravings, gas and bloating, headaches, inability to lose weight, joint pain, moodiness, muscle pain, psoriasis, sinusitis, skin rashes and throat clearing.
The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin has opened my eyes to so many things. I always thought I was a pretty healthy person; eating all the “right” foods, exercising, and indulging in my “treat” foods a few times a month. I read a lot about nutrition and fitness, and thought I had some good knowledge in both categories. I was wrong. This book has forever changed my perspective on all things food. I have completely changed my eating habits and the way I look at fueling my body. I now pay more attention to the chemistry of my food and my body, and how everything works together.
I’ve never been overweight or overly concerned about the number on the scale, until about a year ago. I started noticing my weight creeping up, even though I was usually watching what I was eating and exercising on a regular basis. I know a lot of you out there can relate to this. So you understand when I say, I was starting to get a little frustrated. This book was dropped into my life at the exact time I needed it. I have a trip to Mexico coming up in 5 weeks, and we all know what that means, bikini time! So I kept reading and reading, figuring maybe I could try this out and lose those 10 lbs that didn’t seem to be going anywhere. I kept a highlighter close by me to underline all the amazing, and frankly, common sense things that JJ was saying. So lets start at the beginning.
The Virgin Diet is divided up into three Cycles. The first Cycle is 21 days long, and involves eliminating all 7 High Food Intolerance foods, which include; gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts, and sugar and artificial sweeteners. Now I know some of you are thinking, yeah right! And I thought the same thing, especially being a vegetarian. But I will tell you something; she says you can lose 7 pounds in 7 days, and she is right. I have just finished Week 1 of Cycle 1, and have dropped 5 pounds. No joke. I am amazed by it myself. I feel like a completely different person. Weight lost, bloating gone, a clear mind with none of that “foggy” feeling, more energy, drastically improved moods, better skin, a “lighter” feeling and better sleep. It’s wasn’t an easy week, but by day four, almost all cravings were gone.
After the first 21 days of Cycle 1, you go into Cycle 2 for 4 weeks. This is where you can put back four of the foods from the High FI list: gluten, soy, dairy and eggs. You take one week to test each food at a time. This will enable you to see if any of these foods are causing all the problems. After taking out all sugar (mainly chocolate) and popcorn, my two favorite comfort foods, I now realize that they were both my trigger/high intolerance foods. These were the foods that were causing me all those problems, including those stubborn pounds that would not come off.
And finally you move into Cycle 3. By this time you will have noticed a huge difference in the way you feel. With all of the above mentioned benefits, and probably more that I have yet to experience. Cycle 3 is the maintenance part of this “diet”. It shows you how to make this a lifestyle change, and not just another fad diet. She then goes over the gradual way to bring exercise into your life, if you haven’t already.
To round everything off, there are great and tasty recipes in the back of the book. Each one is catered to each Cycle. They have helped me already in keeping my food choices interesting and fresh during this illimination process. And finally, JJ has put together a shopping list in the back of the book, with all her “go to” healthy foods. She also has a website, thevigrindiet.com, where she has all these helpful tools to keep you on track. There are parts in the book that are a little repetitive (and probably meant to be), but considering all the amazing information I got out of it, I overlooked this little flaw.
The bottom line is simple. If you want to change the way you look and feel…..read this book. I am not one to rave about the latest fad diet book, but to me, this is the real thing. It is realistic, sustainable and liveable. It just may change your life.
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*