My Virgin Diet Experience, Part 1
If you know me, you know I’m pretty active. I may not workout everyday but I go to the gym at least twice a week and go biking or surfing on the weekends. I’m even more active in the summer when the days are longer. That’s my way of saying I’m not changing the way I eat to lose weight as much as to feel better.
I have been considering pulling dairy out of my diet but I didn’t want to make that sort of change without proper substitutions. I’ve heard that dairy can cause allergy symptoms. Since I’ve been snoring and gasping for air in my sleep, I wanted to find a natural fix for my evening allergies. I also have chronic, mild back pain. I wake up to turn over while I’m sleeping and every day I wake up in pain. I adjust the lumbar support in my car 3 to 4 times just on a drive in to or from work.
I spent a lot of time on YouTube watching videos on removing dairy and clean eating. Eventually, my research led me to ‘The Virgin Diet’. Have you ever heard of an ‘elimination’ diet? I never did until I ran across her video a few months ago, that suggested an elimination diet could help pinpoint foods that your body can’t process. The theory is that if your body is unable to process your food properly, much of your food gets stored as fat instead of properly digesting. Also these foods can cause an inflammatory response within your body (pain, swelling, etc). “Hmm…interesting,” I thought. I purchased the book on Amazon and started reading it the day it came through the door.
I won’t take you through the program step by step, it’s way too intense for that but I will give you an overview and walk you through some of my experiences with this program. J.J. Virgin is the author of ‘The Virgin Diet’. The premise of the book is to remove 7 highly reactive foods from your diet. You then begin by eating the correct foods that will allow your gut to heal itself. Then, one by one, add some (not all) of the foods back into your diet. It doesn’t sound like a big deal until you hear the list of foods. Gluten, dairy, eggs, sugar and sugar substitutes, corn, soy and peanuts.
I don’t want to bore you with the details. Here’s my plan. I’m going to walk you through the preparation process. I suggest taking a month to prepare and I’ll tell you why. Then I’ll discuss each cycle of the diet. I’ll tell you my experience and let you judge for yourself. Let me know if you want to give it a try. I can always use the support. And, I’m willing to trade recipes or ideas in you are interested. Also, I can’t say this enough, you need to 100% in. No cheating. No, “I can remove everything but this.” You won’t be able to pinpoint what’s causing you issues if you do this.
Please be aware, this is not a remove all 7 foods from your diet forever program. Pull them out, heal, test some, keep others out. I would not attempt this without reading the book twice. Underline, dog ear pages, do whatever you need to do to make sure you know what you’re scanning labels for in the grocery store. You may want to check with your doctor before attempting this program if you have health issues.