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MISSSVJS
Posts: 410
3/14/13 2:52 P

It was probably more like an infomercial - actually I think when I saw it, it was during the promotion (begging for money) week and if you donated to the PBS station, depending on the amount, you received some of her materials - book, DVD's, etc. Seems like the title of the show was Lose 7 Foods and Lose 7 Pounds in 7 Days - the title of the program doesn't mention the Virgin Diet. I know she has also been on Rachael Ray and possibly The Doctors? I'm not home during the day, so I don't watch these programs. I happened upon her show one night while flipping channels and it made a ton of sense to me so I did it and I'm very happy I did.

Edited by: MISSSVJS at: 3/14/2013 (14:53)


OMENDER
Posts: 175
3/14/13 2:06 P

I could not find any mention of this diet on PBS.org. Was it an actual show or an infomercial?



MISSSVJS
Posts: 410
3/14/13 10:24 A

The Virgin Diet is a plan developed by J.J. Virgin that helps people identify some food intolerances. She appears on a lot of PBS stations explaining and talking about this plan. Basically it involves 3 "phases" - the first phase is a 21 day elimination phase where you totally eliminate 7 of the foods that can be inflammatory for a lot of people - those 7 foods are: sugar and all artificial sweeteners, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, peanuts, and eggs. It is imperative that those 7 foods are completely and totally eliminated for the full 21 days - you aren't supposed to have even a single bite.

At the end of the 21 days begins phase 2 which is the reintroduction phase. She has to add back in 4 of the 7 eliminated foods, 1 week at a time. These are 4 foods that could be potentially healthy as long as you don't have an intolerance to them. So for the first 4 days of the first week you eat either soy, gluten, dairy, or eggs every day and pay attention for the entire 7 days to how you feel. We never eat soy (and I personally don't believe it's a healthy food because almost all soy in the country is genetically modified), so we tested gluten first - we ate sprouted whole grain bread and some organic whole wheat pasta. I learned very quickly that I don't tolerate gluten well at all. The next week we tested dairy - mainly cheese and yogurt. I learned that I can consume dairy occasionally, but it affects my sinuses and if I eat too much, gives me gas. Finally we tested eggs (organic only) - eggs seem to be okay but I am trying to limit the number of times I eat them per week to 2 or 3. I felt the absolute best during the 21 day period when I eliminated all 7 foods and that is what I am trying to maintain, although I do allow myself a "cheat" meal now and then, usually with some dairy in it.

The final phase is the maintenance phase where you add the foods back in that you tested and that you are okay with. The other 3 foods - sugars, corn and peanuts should only be consumed rarely. If you are interested in learning more, there is a book by JJ Virgin called the Virgin Diet - I got mine from Amazon and there is a lot of information in it regarding healthy eating along with a few recipes. I found the whole program to be invaluable - my belly bloat is gone, I lost a few pounds, and I feel great!



BRENDA_G50
Posts: 3,041
3/13/13 5:15 P

What is the "Virgin Diet"??? Never heard of it before. emoticon



MISSSVJS
Posts: 410
3/13/13 4:57 P

Thank you "Wings" - it's nice to know there are other folks that share my views on diet and nutrition. Everyone is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution to weight loss. I've been on this journey for a long time-I'm 55 and have strugged with my weight since I was a teenager. I've weighed as little as 115 and as much as 195. I've done a lot of crazy things over the years in an effort to find that magic formula for weight loss; of course there isn't one, so I had to figure out what works for me. Today I am at 138 and have, for the most part, maintained this weight for almost 3 years. I did that by figuring out what foods are best for me - they may not be best for you or someone else, but it's what works for me - and that is key, figuring out what is best for you. Following the Virgin Diet plan reinforced that for me.

So when people ask me how I lost the weight and how I've maintained it, I simply tell them I quit "dieting" - I stopped eating crappy diet foods - artificial, chemical-laden crap and eat only whole foods, organic when possible, healthy fats (extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, ghee, organic butter), grassfed meat, organic poultry and eggs, and when I eat dairy (which is not often), it's organic and preferrably from grassfed cows; I avoid gluten, almost never eat sugar, corn, or peanuts, and never intentionally consume soy. I exercise about 5 days a week - sometimes more, sometimes less, but I don't fret if I miss a few days. My one "bad" habit is coffee - I love coffee, but I switched to only drinking good quality organic coffee after learning that coffee and tea are two of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. Stepping down off my soapbox now!



HLTHYGAL
Posts: 300
3/13/13 2:01 P

I had never heard of this diet before - but after reading the post and stories - I think it is something I need to check out. Thank you.



WINGSOFCHANGE
Posts: 1,489
3/13/13 1:37 P

I'm glad that both of you are feeling better and having success. I saw the author on PBS the other day and thought that she had a great deal of info for people with food intolerances. I was tested a few years ago by Immuno Lab and tested positive for 27 food items. I try to be pretty careful about what I eat, but when I don't, my body lets me know. I also noticed that there are many people on here that put her plan down. For those of us that have suffered from migraines, hives, bloating, and stomach and intestinal upset - this is no joke. I think that her plan is worth trying. I wish you both continued health and success.



BAYOUGIRL1991
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Posts: 5
3/13/13 1:24 P

Thank you for the info. about the Virgin Diet team on here. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing your story as well. I totally believe in whole health, fasting, etc.; however I've never personally done any of them until now. Wishing I had the courage to try this years ago.



MISSSVJS
Posts: 410
3/13/13 11:40 A

My husband and I did the Virgin Diet recently and I loved how I felt during the 21 day elimination period. I was having lots of problems with pain and inflammation and those issues pretty much disappeared after about a week - personally I think it was totally eliminating sugar and gluten (mainly sugar) that "fixed" those issues. I think we both lost about 10 pounds, but neither of us really needed to lose much weight, we were more interested in learning which foods were problems for us. I learned quickly after adding gluten back in that it is a huge problem for me, so I consume gluten very occasionally. Dairy can also cause problems for me, but I can have small amounts of yogurt and cheese. Eggs seem to be okay, but we have cut back on how many we eat each week and we only eat organic eggs. We did not test soy as we never knowingly consume soy.

I will mention that you likely won't get a whole lot of support on this board for the Virgin Diet - too many people believe that eliminating foods is not a good idea. However, there is a Virgin Diet Spark Team that you should check out - lots of good support over there. I wish you continued success on this plan. Personally I think it's a perfect way to learn if there are foods that you don't tolerate well.



BAYOUGIRL1991
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Posts: 5
3/12/13 10:21 P

Well, I did it. I've tried just logging in to Sparkpeople and didn't do such a good job, but I decided to take the challenge of the Virgin Diet and I did exactly what they claimed. I didn't eat seven different foods for seven days and I dropped seven pounds in seven days. I haven't dropped anymore, but that was like four days ago, so I'm still hoping. The idea is to purge yourself of the seven most intolerable foods and see if you're not losing weight because your body is sensitive to certain foods and causing healthy items like whole wheat bread and turkey sandwiches to hold weight on you. It's been over 15 days since I began and I'm getting a little burnt out on my limited food choices; however my energy level is higher than I can remember, my stomach does not hurt (which was constant until now), and my skin is starting to glow and I'm looking younger. My stomach is much smaller with little to no bloating. I started at 148 and I'm not 141. I haven't taken my measurements yet, but I'm sure they are smaller because my clothes and my family can tell I'm smaller in the belly. I am not a dieter, but I am amazed and excited that the claims this book made really do work. I hope that if you try to drop seven pounds in seven days that you're as successful as me. It will take alot of determination b/c even chewing gum has soy in it and that's a no no on this diet. So, watch your labels and stock up on what you can eat ahead of time.



 
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