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I already eat a lot of veggies and only chicken breast and ground chuck. November Fitness Challenge Nov 4, Higher fat, hard cheeses have the least carbs, while low-fat milk and soft cheeses have much more. He has lost 10 pounds. Please be advised we receive a fee for referrals made to the following online store. Get The Virgin Diet Cookbook for more recipes. Retrieved 4 September

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Adoption of the Paleolithic diet assumes that modern humans can reproduce the hunter-gatherer diet. Molecular biologist Marion Nestle argues that "knowledge of the relative proportions of animal and plant foods in the diets of early humans is circumstantial, incomplete, and debatable and that there are insufficient data to identify the composition of a genetically determined optimal diet.

The evidence related to Paleolithic diets is best interpreted as supporting the idea that diets based largely on plant foods promote health and longevity, at least under conditions of food abundance and physical activity.

The data for Cordain's book only came from six contemporary hunter-gatherer groups, mainly living in marginal habitats. Kung , whose diet was recorded for a single month, and one was on the Inuit. For example, wild almonds produce potentially fatal levels of cyanide , but this trait has been bred out of domesticated varieties using artificial selection.

Many vegetables, such as broccoli , did not exist in the Paleolithic period; broccoli, cabbage , cauliflower , and kale are modern cultivars of the ancient species Brassica oleracea. Researchers have proposed that cooked starches met the energy demands of an increasing brain size, based on variations in the copy number of genes encoding for amylase.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about a modern-day diet. Life timeline and Nature timeline. Anthropology portal Evolutionary biology portal Food portal Health portal. Retrieved 25 December Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases. Journal of Human Evolution. Annu Rev Public Health. Am J Clin Nutr.

Curr Gastroenterol Rep Review. Retrieved 17 March J Acad Nutr Diet. Retrieved 24 November The paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet, was Google's most searched-for weight loss method in Fad diets and "miracle" diet supplements promise to help us lose weight effortlessly. Different diet gurus offer a bewildering array of diets that promise to keep us healthy and make us live longer: The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, The evidence for the Palaeolithic diet".

Furthermore, the practicality of maintaining these interventions over long periods of time is doubtful. Nutrition in Clinical Practice 25 6: The western diet and lifestyle and diseases of civilization. Research Reports in Clinical Cardiology.

Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. Current Applications, Future Prospects. Dietary change was a driving force in human evolution". Retrieved 20 January Annual Review of Anthropology. Retrieved 12 September Population and Development Review. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Dietary change was a driving force in human evolution" PDF.

In Ungar, Peter S. Its Origins and Evolution. Ungar; Mark Franklyn Teaford 1 January Its Origin and Evolution. National Museums of Canada What happens to Olive Oil if I cook with it? What should I use as an alternative for cooking especially for stir fry? She suggests that you use regular olive oil, palm fruit oil, coconut oil or sesame oil when you cook page You my feel that this diet the best but, my God what are people suppose to eat???

I am lactose tolerant so to have my system clear out daily I drink 6oz of milk every evening morning and free my system daily. I think this way is a natural way instead of taking an over the counter pill daily. If God gave me a way to do what I need with out the meds I will do it that way. Forget the diets to lose weight, God taught me how to listen to my body. Just recently I was eating onions in my scrambled eggs and everything I could and why because, I listen to my body.

Onions have vitiamin K and that was what I needed at that time. I love to eat and if my body tells me not to I will listen. I am going to make a appointment with a allergy doctor to know for sure not eat what I should avoid. Some people find that their bodies crave foods that they are intolerant to — you may crave the very foods that are hurting you, and eat them every day.

Good luck with the visit to the allergy doctor. An allergy doctor cannot help you figure out your sensitivities — only allergies. Yes, it works when you eat a whole foods, plant-based diet. I had one done at an integrative doctor. It immediately showed me what I needed to cut out all dairy, whey and egg products along with fairly insignificant sensitivities to random foods such as cranberries. You just have to research where to find a doctor that will do a blood test.

Why are you even on here, just to hear yourself talk? Everything you said has nothing to do with this. This is a great diet and a great way to live healthy. My head hurtss, I feel really bloated, nauseaus, joint paid, moody. What am I doing wrong? Sorry to hear that. It sounds like you may be going through withdrawal symptoms.

Your immune system is used to making antibodies that would zap the dairy, eggs and soy in your system, and now those antibodies are causing you to crave those foods intensely. Your cravings are telling us that we are totally on the right track, so just give it a few more days. Was that when you first started the diet? If you will really read the book in detail and take notes, you will quickly see that it is totally realistic.

One of the things that helped me tremendously was just realizing that I am basically eating all fresh and raw organic foods, nothing in a bag or a box. Her recipes in the back are very simple, with most taking less than an hour to prepare AND cook. They are very tasty! Once you truly embrace it, play strictly by the rules and do not cheat, I promise you it will fall into place for you.

Just start out cooking what she suggests. Once you get a little confidence and know what you can and cannot have, you will find other recipes easy to read and keep or discard. If there is an ingredient you cannot have, discard it for the time being and move on to another. It is truly simple if you will just try. I was pretty much doing this already for convenience, just throw stuff in a blender and go I found a vegetable protein shake at a health food store and sometimes I use that and sometimes I just have a plain smoothie with a few slices of chicken or other protein on the side.

I read your entry about making your own shakes. Could you give me specifics? The Virgin shakes were causing me intense gastro distress and GAS!!

Carrie, This was one of my biggest fears of this diet — not being able to afford the shakes. Do you always use the veg protein or do you most often make up your own smoothies? I follow the link to the symptomschecklist, and am unable to access it. Why is it such a secret? To access it, you have to sign up with that website.

Symptoms listed on that website include energy levels, sugar and carb cravings, sleep quality, bowel movement regularity, mood, productivity, clarity of thought, hunger, motivation, skin acne, rashes, rosacea , gas, bloating, gut issues, sensitivity to smell, joint pain, headaches, and difficulty losing weight. Being in the military, this would cause major problems if I showed up positive for a urinalysis test. Did I read that correctly, because I just bought the powder, but not seeing hemp seed on the ingredients.

Is there hemp seed in your powder mix? I also have been on this diet for 1 week ,and have already lost 5 lbs. Congratulations on your progress! You could always make your own shakes from scratch — the basic ingredients include vegan pea— rice protein powder, fiber fiber blend, chia seeds, hemp seeds, freshly ground flaxseed meal or nut butter , organic frozen berries, and liquid water, unsweetened coconut milk or coconut water , plus optionally chopped spinach or kale.

The recipe is in the book, along with alternative versions. John, The tests you would be concerned with are tests for THC…. Is fresh coconut permitted in cycle 1? This would be the coconut cracked and cut out of the shell. I am on Day One, of the Virgin Diet. She says you can have sweet potatoes.

Be sure and look at all ingredient labels, even gum. I was surprised how many of them contain soy — and you need to avoid soy for the first 21 days to be able to challenge it.

Hi, I am only medication for acid reflux and high blood pressure average over I started the diet and felt awlful when put coconut water and mixed berries in my second smoothie.

I am supposed to only put raspberries and can I do two meals instead of 1 in the first cycle to slowly re train my body. I already eat a lot of veggies and only chicken breast and ground chuck. I have just started the plan, and ordered the book. I have noticed headaches with almonds and almond butter. I am avoiding almonds for now, but also noticed a slight headache when I added chopped walnuts to a quinoa recipe.

I know that peanut butter also gives me a headache. This diet is helping me listen to my body, I have also lost 4 lbs in 4 days. Not to mention the obvious benefits of eating organic foods. Thank you for this summary, it is very informative. I have been putting fruit in the protein shakes but I thought I saw on this site it said no fruit in the shake?

I am 40 pounds overweight and have been in relatively good shape all of my life except for now being in menupause. I will say when shopping I look at a lot of labels.

I have learned to listen to my body. My breathing has improved tremendously since I started the diet and I am never bloated or experience any bathroom emergencies anymore. This diet makes sense! It is not for everyone but if you know certain foods cause you to be uncomfortable after you eat them, then you should not be eating them.

The avoidance foods listed by JJ are the top allergy producers which is why they can cause digestive problems. Organic almond butter works great for me.

Regular almond butter gives me a rash. Pesticides make a difference in how your body can tolerate something. I have learned from the website WholeNewMom that most almonds in the U. Costco almonds are pasterurized with engine fuel. Not a huge cost difference. What about soy yogurt? This book recommends eliminating soy completely during cycle 1, the first 21 days.

So no soy yogurt then. You could probably use soy yogurt to test soy in the first week of cycle 2. Natural or not, it could not be worse for you. I hope you enjoy the book! I have been doing this for 2 weeks now, do not eat red meat and very little chicke so is tricky planning meals.

I eat a lot of roasted vegetables and beans and sauerkraut. My question is about rice as it is says brown rice but what about wild and black rice??

Thank You I am actually starting to enjoy the smoothies and have found a health restaurant to eat. The idea is to avoid processed and high glycemic foods. White rice has had the brown fibrous part removed, which makes it higher glycemic. There are lots of different measurements for glycemic index; I got the information from http: I have been doing sugar alternatives like Agave or beet suyrp for awhile. I also have been using Erythritol which can be purchased at health food stores.

It is similar to Xylitol and has no aftertaste like Stevia does. Most water comes in plastic containers. There are some mineral waters in glass bottles, but these are usually expensive. Should I avoid canola oil all together? Do not heat it, no matter what the manufacturers say. Canola oil has been bred to be rich in omega-3s, which are fragile, and the last thing you want to do is expose them to heat.

Hi I am not a diet person and after reading the book and quick start guide I have no idea how to make this work. Are there any sample menu plans anywhere? I am and lbs and very athletic. Any suggestions , do intense conditioning work outs, 6 days a week.

How many meals, what do i eat before eve workouts? Help, help, I dont get it. JJ asks you to eat only 3 meals a day, hours apart, preferably without snacks. Exercise suggestions are on pages You could ask JJ a question directly at https: So glad I found this! I happen to be a new-vegetarian-trying-to-go-vegan and was wondering what these other suggestions are.

What can a vegan eat while trying this diet?? Do a hydroxy vitamin D test to evaluate your levels, and supplement with vitamin D3 to prevent a shortage. Vitamin D2 comes from plants, is not made by humans and is way less bioactive and stable than vitamin D3. Nearly all vitamin D3 comes from lanolin i. Also, be sure to take omega-3s from algae so you get enough DHA, and make sure you are taking extra vitamin B Check the Resources section on my website for recommendations on testing and supplements.

Other thoughts for vegetarians see pages of the book for a full discussion of vegetarianism:. Other clean, lean proteins include wild salmon— not farm-raised fish!

As a former cattle rancher remarked: I was quoting the book. Vegetarians and vegans would probably try alternative sources to meats like pea protein, whey protein and seeds, nuts like almonds are all HIGH in protein to replace Meat. You can find alternatives to meat and still go by her diet. We raise grass-fed cows and that is not true.

We have the processor come to our house and they are very quick. I am very concerned not only about their quality of life but also about the possibility of adrenaline in my freezer. That would ruin the whole effort. We are always present to witness the processing and let me assure you that our cows are loved throughout their lives and killed humanely. Not every cow goes through a slaughter house. Hello Ann, I understand what you are saying and it is absolutely true.

This book is correctly identified as a glorified eliminmation diet. If you are concerned with food allergies or sensitivities, the tests are available now and they are not out of reach financially. The main thread of all these unnecessary diet books is not what you eat but what you leave out. I think it is a very sad commentary on how we live in this country. There is far too much info available to us now for us to ever need another diet book again.

The best advice I can give is to brush these books with garlic and olive oil, put them in the broiler and then the trash. I am trying to eat to reduce inflammation because of fibromyalgia. It seems I have all the odds against me losing weight until i get my inflammation under control.

I have already cut out gluten and dairy. This seems like a reasonable, logical, and good plan. The unsweetened ones all seem to have grain alcohol so not gluten free and the gluten free ones all seem to have sugar or artificial sweeteners. I make my own vanilla extract — get really good quality vanilla beans, chop them in half and slice them open, put them in a jar and add a cup of potato-based vodka, leave it for months to develop flavor you can re-use the vanilla beans a few times.

Distilled grain alcohol is gluten-free http: The Virgin Shake recipe calls for frozen organic berries. Is it ok to use fresh organic berries instead? I started the diet 2 weeks ago and I am still having diarrhea, it does wake me up sometimes. I did not use the chia seeds. I do like this diet, I do feel better except for the diarrhea. Sorry to hear about the diarrhea. Note that diarrhea can be a symptom of food sensitivity, and the top 7 food intolerance foods are not the only ones you might be intolerant to….

The cause of these ailments is that the almonds are sprayed with propylene oxide which is very carcinogenic to humans. Be aware of any changes when you first begin using almond milk. Many people have no problems but many do. Organic almond milk unsweetened is NOT sprayed with propylene oxide.

Always organic for many things. I had a friend post on FB this weekend that she has lost 20lb in 5 week on this diet, so I had to know what it was all about since I have been having a had time losing weight for over a year now. I started reading the book this weekend and thought WOW, this really explains a lot of the problems I have been having.

I have not been able to finish the book yet, but I wanted to get started on the diet right away. I have been on the Virgin Diet since January 2, It has changed my life. I have lost 49 pounds so far. I feel great, my energy level is way up, I sleep better and I no longer have sinus congestion. I would recommend this to anyone who needs to lose weight, feel better.

I read about this last week, it made so much sense that I bought the ebook, read it, decided I had no idea what to eat and let it sink a little. I do believe that all this is mainly due to a high sugar intake and being overweight. I have lost 1. Especially considering that the last 15 years I have only put on weight and the last 2 years my metabolism was totally stuck!! I am so happy, I really feel like my body is functioning much more efficiently again.

Thx for all the info. You could shoot her a question at https: I just started the Virgin diet Monday and I weighed this morning Wednesday and have already lost 5 pounds! I was having a problem with my legs and feet swelling really bad in the afternoon and that has gone away.

I also was having hot flashes and keep a fan under my desk. I have tried every diet imaginable and this one seems to be working. I also want to feel better and this seems to be helping. Do you know where I can get them? Do you mean rice cakes? Does anyone else have suggestions? JJ mentions pickled ginger, kimchee and sauerkraut as good to eat as they act as prebiotics and can feed your good gut bacteria p. With pickles gherkins , watch out as they might contain gluten.

In soups, look out for flour often used as a thickener and dairy in creamy soups. Finally got the hang of what to eat after starting stage 1 the first of March. The protien shake I had hoped to buy seems to include Stevia…instant migrane, xyletol as well. I am using a rice protien powder, no pea protien included. Is this a complete protien? Pea protein powder is usually made from split yellow peas, the type you get for soup. You can also buy it online.

Is erythritol OK on Virgin Diet? I know she mentions a sugar alcohol, but it is not this exact name. I drink a green tea with it everyday but it is calorie and carb free. I am about to begin and want to be careful but also hope to retain somethings that I like. The only sugar alcohol she mentions as being okay is xylitol. Xylitol specifically has some benefits not seen in other sugar alcohols. It slows down stomach emptying and suppresses ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger.

It is amazing stuff! It is a nutritive sweetener, if you can imagine that, making it my favorite to recommend. How many calories does one serving of the virgin shake have? Thanks in advance Penny. How much fruit and fiber are you adding to your shake? Perhaps you could increase those ingredients to extend the filling quality of the shake. Anita, I found that I needed a little extra fat to the shakes, such as the flax seeds, chia seeds, or avocado. With the right combo of protein, fat, and carbs fruit , it will easily sustain me for hours.

Otherwise JJ says the stomach enzymes do not have sufficient time to process the nutrients into the body. Getting all the variables right are key I found. I am in love with the Virgin Diet and have introduced my daughter to it also.

I have lost 10 pounds and am in my 6 week and have now stabilized. Not interested in adding gluten or dairy. This is an amazing lifetime plan. I am sure I have a definite sensitivity to soy and can not find a soy free seasoning sauce that also excludes gluten. I find coconut aminos fairly weak compared with other seasoning sauces — you have to use a lot of it to get the same intensity you would get with soy sauce. You could also try fish sauce — look for it in the ethnic foods section of your supermarket or at Asian stores.

Ingredients are usually anchovies or other oily fish, sugar, and salt — these are fermented. Fish sauce is, however, a bit of an acquired taste for some, and can be a bit smelly. Not sure if you found the answer to your question or not, but I ordered mine on Amazon.

Thank you Penny, this site has very good informaion. You could use it to reintroduce wheat in cycle 2, and if you reintroduce wheat successfully in cycle 2 you can eat it in cycle 3. Honey is considered a sugar in this diet. You should avoid it in cycle 1 and cycle 2, and you can have it very occasionally in cycle 3. How is it possible to eliminate corn and soy when it is fed to your poultry that you eat?

The other thing is the jj virgin shake directions say 2 scoops- those scoops are quite large. It seems like it should only be one scoop? Or, if you have a local Whole Foods or other natural food store, try there. I cleaned refridge and cabinets! I have only followed 2 days-woke up feeling refreshed and no achey joints. Dont know about weightloss yet—will wait 7 days. This way of eating feels really great already. Thanks for instruction and direction!!!!! My daughter wanted to try your diet to lose a few pounds before her wedding.

When she substituted coconut milk for regular milk or fruit juices in your smoothies she found that she strongly dislikes the taste of the coconut milk and gags on it. Is there another substitute she could try. I know her grandmother is allergic to coconut milk. Could her gagging reflex to the taste be an allergic reaction albeit in a mild way? The Virgin Shake recipe p. I just started the diet to figure out some food intolerances in addition to being G-Free for a year.

I live on an island so getting the shakes is not feasible. This powder has corn bran in it. I know eliminating corn is one of 7 foods and I am not sure I can have the corn bran. Or ideas to add to Smoothie in the morning?

Could I get away with not adding the protein to the smoothie? The book says no corn, so corn bran is out. See if you can find rice protein or hemp protein make sure hemp protein is combined with another protein. One major problem; I live in the sticks of MO. I am lucky to find frozen berries, none organic.

The only organic fruit I have access to is red delicious apples, occasionally gala apples, oranges, and bananas. I have been diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency. Both my cortisol and DHEA are low. I am also showing some signs of glucose resistance. I am not a diabetic; just had my labwork checked. I am unable to lose weight from my waist.

And if you have issues with insulin resistance or high triglycerides, you should only have one fruit per day or maybe even none. It sounds like you should probably have low or no fruit.

I am reading this article while I eat my perfect breakfast of 2 eggs on toast and peanut butter and jam on toast with a cup of tea with milk and stevia. OH OH something has to change. I have been on the diet for 11 days and have lost 10 lbs. My doctor had a paplet for them and told me she allowed the meals on the diet. You can also search on Amazon or another online retailer for pea rice protein. You can also ask at your local healthfood or vitamin supplements store. Vega also makes a shake that appears to adhere to all of the Virgin diet rules.

I am vegan and was using the Vega shakes previously. You can find info on them here — http: I am on day 5 of cycle 1 and have been following the diet religiously.

I have the shake for breakfast and lunch, and lean protein fish or chicken for dinner, with fresh veggies and either baked sweet potato or butternut squash. I am following the water guidelines. In fact, I am very bloated, somewhat constipated, and achy. Can someone give me some words of wisdom as to what I might be doing wrong?

Would it be better to use that or something by a company called Planet fusion that lists fructose as an ingredient? Thorne VegaLite says it is low sugar, not no sugar. This is what JJ says to look for in shake powders p. No artificial sweeteners 5 grams or less of sugar No whey, dairy, milk solids, egg or soy Soy lecithin is okay. Here are some thoughts about the product with fructose listed as an ingredient: Many people are starting to consider refined fructose to be the worst type of sugar — for example Robert H.

What can be substituted for MAYO? I love to eat broccoli everyday…but I love my teaspoon of mayo on it! Thanks for the suggestions Penny…. I will post if I find a no egg no soy mayonnaise. If you mix mustard with a little bit of vinegar, and then oil, little at a time, with a fork, you get a thick vinaigrette that looks like mayonnaise.

Hi all — Found a mayo that meets the requirements…link: Here is a recipe I found. White Wine Vinegar 2 tsp. I have read most of the comments on this site and not too many are pleasant.

I have to try something because I am in pain everyday. I am just starting this diet. I purchased sprouted brown rice protein but now I see it has fermented soy. Is that ok, or do I need to get a different protein? I have done some research on fermented soy and can not really tell if it would be ok or not. I see where soy lecithin is ok. If anyone knows I would appreciate it. I have been gluten free for a couple of years now and that has improved things for me. I have cut Soy where ever I can find it…that has been sad since I love ranch-style dressings.

I use Agave sweeteners when I need to, but that is not often these days. I also feel better for cutting soy out. I discovered corn is not my friend just last month. Sad, but I can live without it. But I am a lover of one yummy dairy…. I need to switch the yogurts up, but to what? Any options that make good smoothies? Thanks for the help in advance.

For the creaminess — try some ground seeds or nuts, such as flaxseed meal or even soaked chia seeds, which I think are fun but would have a different mouthfeel. For the sweetness — learn to love the natural sweetness in fruit. For the tanginess… any ideas, anyone? What other fruit can we eat in addition to berries and apples? And can we have oatmeal during the first week?

With the shake or separately? Here are the general fruit guidelines, listed above: Low-glycemic index fruits — favor these — blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, elderberries, gooseberries, loganberries, raspberries, strawberries Moderate-glycemic fruits — eat in moderation — apples, apricots, cherries, grapefruit, kiwi, lemons, limes, melons, nectarines, oranges, passion fruit, peaches, pear, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, tangerines If you have issues with insulin resistance or high triglycerides, you should only have one fruit per day or maybe even none.

However, oatmeal is often made in places where they also process grains that do contain gluten, and there is a great deal of cross-contamination. And that oatmeal is about times the price. I tried this diet for three weeks and lost about 1 pound. My doctor says its a repackaging of a diet from the 80s and there is no such thing as leaky gut syndrome. He is adamant about this and he is a respected Houston physician with a very high patient and community rating.

Pretty much all diets have a certain amount of repackaging from past diets. This diet also looks to address other possible intolerances including soy, dairy, eggs, corn, and peanuts, also sugar and sweeteners — and then asks you to reintroduce foods to see if you have a reaction to them. If your doctor has other recommendations, feel free to follow them. After a life-threatening illness last year, I made the decision to severely alter my dietary intake. It proved very effective. I was focused on healthy eating.

I had no idea about the gluten or the eggs until I tried to re-introduce them. I am in the medical field and physicians are no different than anyone else. They have their own beliefs and philosophies and may not be up-to-date on current research literature. This new way of eating has become very natural to me now and when I do accidentally or by choice eat something that my body has an intolerance to I react very quickly to it. I have been trying to follow the basic principles of this diet, not the hard-core book version.

My body feels better, and I have lost 4 lbs. You can get this online or at the health food store. My main objective is to pinpoint what is triggering my IBS. I am only in week one, so I will check back in a couple of weeks. Good luck with this! My nutritionist had me doing a shake for breakfast and one for lunch, then the recommended dinner. Therefore, I stopped the shakes as of 2 days ago. JJ has a cookbook coming out at the beginning of next year that includes alternate shake ideas — see http: Sorry to hear about your bad reaction.

Are you using a premade shake or making it from scratch? If premade, try making your own to see if you have any better luck. Great synopsis of the book, I am going to use it as a guideline to start this diet.

I understand the principles of elimination, reintroduction and life cycles. In one gram fats 9, carbohydrates 4, protein 4. What do you think? Looking at reviews on Amazon, it might not be as sweet as you expect. Also note that chicory root is a prebiotic, but may cause gas in some people. Hi, Maybe you can clarify something for me. My husband and I have been on the Virgin diet since april. We have succeeded to lose 50lbs and 33lbs.

His sugar levels are normal, the doctor lowered his dose of diabetes pills. Recently, we saw the Dr. Oz show about supplements. Dr Oz said that supplements and vitamins with magnesium stearate should be avoided because it stops the nutrients from being absorbed. I buy our supplements in an all natural organic shop, but there is magnesium stearate in several of them.

I believe its used as filler.. Are we defeating our own purpose taking the supplements with this added? Thanks for your reply in advance, Carol and Rocco. I concentrate on the food part of diets, not supplements or exercise or any other part. You could try contacting JJ and her team with your question — http: Is rice milk ok or no? Have you tried coconut milk? Just breath air and drink water — everything else is garbage. Live your life, enjoy by following her book and then die.

What she did not say that coconut is full of saturated fat. People know for last million years peanuts are good. She is saying bad. I am sure JJ will find something negative if it is not in her book. Well check with your doctor before you try what she is suggesting.

Is she Medical Doctor? She is just trying to sell books. Can I drink water from the tap or have to buy organic water??

Give me a break. Actually, Splenda is really bad for you. Coconuts have other amazing benefits. But artificial sweeteners ARE bad for you. I am eating quenoa and coffe almond milk for breakfast and a berry shake one hour after breakfast.

I am not a bif eater before the virgin diet all i had was peanut butter and jelly for breakfast some times eggs. I feel excellent, I am wearing clothes i was not able to wear due to the bloating inflamation on my stomach, i go to the bathroom twice a day something i had problem before. I feel great, If I cheat is only on cheese cake which i love, then i go back to the regular diet. Again because I was not a big eater these three foods have done the trick for me.

I feel light sharp and no more bloating. I hope some one can benefit from my testimony. It sounds like you eat a lot of quinoa — that may be working for you in the short run but it may be a good idea for you to branch out into other foods. For you, as you were eating a lot of peanuts and bread before, those could have been the foods you were intolerant to and gave you the bloating.

I am in my 89th year have very good health but after reading about the JJ Virgin Diet I have started on a journey to get my body in optimum condition. I am into the second week of the diet but only lost three pounds after the first seven days.

I am five feet tall, small boned with a starting weight of That is not a problem for me because I only hoped to lose about nine pounds overall. I have a bit of osteoarthritis, particularly in my knees. I have had orthoscopic surgery on both and recently started a series of shots of joint fluid therapy and getting good results.

I am hoping that the diet change will help with that condition. I play golf twice week and walk two miles the days I am not playing golf. I am hoping this diet will give me better brain clarity and energy. Any suggestions for a women of my advanced age? Having better brain clarity and energy is a great goal! Many people find that foods in the nightshade family trigger their osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

You could try excluding them to see if that helps — these foods are listed with stars above. Bell peppers, eggplant, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes; also other peppers, pepper spices paprika, cayenne pepper, chili sauce, etc.

And potatoes which you should be avoiding anyway on this diet. Hi Penny, Have you tried travelling much on the diet? Have you come across any alternative breakfast options?

Has anyone traveled on the diet, do you have any suggestions? I have been on the diet for almost two weeks. What I find remarkable is all my what seemed like daily joint pain in legs and arms disappeared. I have lost 5 pounds so far, too I only need to lose 10 pounds total to reach my ideal weight. It is like my digestive system is at peace! I am trying to follow the diet exactly…. A couple of questions:. It is my understanding that 2 scoops of powder and 1 cup of liquid make only 1 serving….

Can we use her shake mix during Cycle 1? Yes, this is a contradiction, and 5 grams of sugar is about a teaspoon. When creating the shake mix they wanted to make sure it tasted good, and they tried several formulations — this was the best liked.

A teaspoon 5 grams of sugar will not be a problem for most people. The All-in-One shakes also contain several nutrients including magnesium and chromium that enhance blood sugar levels. Put it into perspective: And JJ points out in her blog that the Virgin Diet is a low-glycemic diet, not a no-sugar diet.

I have been putting berries such as,raspberries and blueberries and strawberries and spinach all together at one time plus rawmilk protein shake powder with unsweetened almond milk…. I have seen to be careful how much fruit to eat..

You have said one fruit???.. I have been doing this elimination diet for month and a half and have lost 25 lbs.. I am 63 yrs old and feeling better than ever.. Dr says degenereted bone disease and beginning osterporisis.. I need to still lose 40 more lbs..

I will continue this lifestyle for rest of my life.. To me this was my miracle answer,.. Thank you all soo much for input…Bonnie in calif..

If you have issues with insulin resistance or high triglycerides — she says 1 serving of fruit a day or even none. Can I just Drink Filtered Water from my tap? Iam in my second week of your diet. And I am having problems with constipation I am following it as directed. I wondered what I could add. Or increase or delete. To have better illumination Thanks. Your ultimate goal is to work up to 50 grams of fiber a day.

Use fiber to bulk up your stools: Eat 50 or more grams of fiber each day — work your way up by adding 5 grams more each day. Drink plenty of water. There are also other suggestions in the book, including supplementation, exercise, and herbs. In my first week and enjoying the food choices and lost 5 pounds. I have a headache every afternoon. Will those stop or should I check for something specific in what I am eating?

You could be detoxing but it would be unusual for the headaches to be so time-of-the-day-specific, and a week is a long time — usually headaches from detox only last for a few days. I was reading the book last night and it said to daily track what you eat and how you feel on a Tracker that is available on the website. I looked for it to run off and even Googled it but cannot locate it. For vegetarians she recommends a good blend of nuts, seeds, grains and legumes, especially lentils, which are the highest in protein.

Is there anything that you can make with the ingredients for the shake that is not a liquid, smoothie-type drink? Has anyone come up with something like a muffin we could make from the shake ingredients plus other permitted ingredients? Several other diets want you to have liquid meals because they say it helps the body digest better or eliminate toxins e.

Clean by Alejandro Junger or because it will accelerate weight loss e. But it looks like this book suggests shakes as an easy, high-protein alternative that people like. You could also try changing the consistency of the shake — add more liquid, or less fiber.

Some other suggestions from the FAQs — Add a tablespoon of almond butter; try different berries; vary the milks try coconut or unsweetened almond milk ; add unsweetened cocoa powder; make the shakes warm warm the liquid before adding the other ingredients. Hi — I am on day 2 of the Virgin Diet and have found your website to be extremely helpful; thank you so much!

I have a question.. Do you know which soups are acceptable? Thank you so much! Okay, I had a look around for you — I can find the Resources section but nothing about soups. Hope that helps — and if anyone else knows which soup brands and types to use, please let us know.

Hi Penny…another question for you. Any idea what this is from? It is after having the two shakes — I have the JJ Virgin Chai mix and make the recipe that is in the book. I have alopecia and generally bloated after eating and fuzzy brained and would like to try and fix these, especially the autoimmune disease.

I just bought the book and trying to plan out meals. Is tinned tuna okay for protein? Cause thats what I was going to have as a snack with avocado or tomato: Get most of your protein from chicken, turkey, lower-mercury fish, and Virgin Diet Shakes.

You should never eat the same foods every day, as that can cause food intolerances. The shakes are an exception as they are low-reactive. The rice thins sound tasty. Brown rice is allowed. I am curious about soybean oil. While on this diet I have been diligent about reading labels. I have not purchased these items to be on the safe side, but it made me curious.

I did some research and found that the FDA does not consider highly refined soybean oil to be an allergen. This being the case, I am wondering how careful I need to be about products that contain soybean oil. Any thoughts or insights?

Oh, and thanks for this summary! In many cases, people with allergies to a protein are advised that they can eat an oil from the same source because the process of highly refining oils removes pretty much all the protein. I have just completed my three week elimination phase.

I started with a vegetarian protein powder I found at a health food store and then switched to another that seemed closer to what was in the JJ powder. I finally broke down and ordered the JJ powder and like that I can easily make a breakfast and lunch shake. Only trouble is that when I make a shake with it I feel bloated and really uncomfortable. Would something in her shake be a problem? Also, I have lost at least 10 pounds and want to continue the elimination phase, is that a bad idea?

The elimination phase gets rid of the foods that your body is intolerant to, and lets the body heal. You could test these foods and then go back to the guidelines in the first phase to help you continue to lose weight, if that works for you. I have lost 10 or more pounds on this diet.

I am enjoying planning and preparing more healthy balanced meals. It appears that I have stopped losing weight. Thanks for all your help. I have been on this diet play for over 4 weeks now and have lost around 13 pounds. I use a Pea powder in my shakes now and recently added Spriulina to the shake.

She addressed to focus on the types of foods, timing and water consumption during the day rather than calories. I use apples and approved nuts as snacks between my shakes and meals as they are easy to consume during my 10 hour work days.

I have just finished my 5th week and expected to lose more than I have so I wonder if it is the amount of food I eat daily. Hi Betty, Have a look at the meal assembly guide on page — fruits are included as high-fiber, low-glycemic carbs. Keep an eye on this for portion sizes.

You should only be having one optional snack a day during the first 3 weeks p. Hi Penny, Im vegetarian some days. Is it okay to have boiled chickpeas as protein in salads?

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