SparkPeople Virgin Diet Team Messageboard Spark Team for those who have read "The Virgin Diet" by J.J. Virgin and have chosen to eliminate wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, peanuts, and sugar/artificial sweeteners from their diets. SparkPeople Virgin Diet Team Messageboard I'm ready to try this I am so stuck where I am , I have tried "regular" dieting and I don't lose an ounce..I think I'll give the Virgin Diet a go... wish me luck. As of now I don't have the proper groceries so will have to wing it...and this morning I had breakfast(cornflakes) before I decided to start JJ V.'s not the greatest start but it is a start! Cheers ladies, I hope this board wakes up again...facebook is too public for me. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:23:41 EST Need to grow up and deal with sugar!! About a year ago, I started JJ Virgin's elimination diet, to see if I could figure out what food had derailed my progress, in fact turned the train around so that it was going steadily uphill with no strain whatsover. <BR> <BR> Dr. said it was thyroid. That medication is ironed out now, but still no improvement in joint pain, swelling, bloating, brain fog, and weight gain. <BR> <BR> I discovered a definite intolerance to grains and citrus. And had a lifelong intolerance to dairy, but find... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:53:30 EST Lost motivation - how to start again? (Vegetarian) Dear all, <BR> I did the Virgin (or Clean which I assume is the same) diet, no gluten, no dairy for 5 days in the beginning of december. I'm also a vegetarian, so i don't eat meat. <BR> I felt great. But I was also very hungry. I kept it up for 5 days, which was my initial plan, and now I want to get back on it again, but I can't seem to motivate myself. <BR> I think the main problem is i was too hungry. I bike to work, do yoga once a week and strength twice a week, so i do burn energy and n... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:49:07 EST weight loss over the 21 days? I'm just curious if anyone lost more than the 7lbs during the 21 days? I lost 8 in the first three days and they've stayed off but I've not lost a single other ounce. I have over 50lbs to lose so it's not like a last stubborn five or something that is slow to come off. It's so discouraging and I'm on day 15 so I feel like surely I would be losing more by now. I'm eating her shakes for breakfast and lunch and having a handful of nuts for a snack mid morning and mid afternoon, drinking tons... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:50:55 EST Lunches for kids? My whole family will be starting this next week and since this is just another layer to a food allergy journey that we've been on for a year now I'm not too worried about meals but the one thing I'm struggling a little on is kid friendly lunches that I can pack for them. They're not real picky but no way are my little ones going to go for a salad in their lunch box! They also don't have access to a fridge or microwave during school. Any ideas? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:11:20 EST Recipes for 1 Since my wife passed away I need some recipes just for me. I have been following the Virgin diet since 2-9-14 and have lost 20 lbs. This is my last week of introduction (dairy) and I will need some simple recipes for the next phase. I'm 84 and am doing just fine and plan on losing another10 or 15 lbs. Any help will be appreciated. My email is: <BR> <BR> Thanks, Jim Burnett Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:07:42 EST Hello on Day 2 I'm on day 2 of the Virgin Diet after taking detailed notes from the book on loan from the library lol. I've done something similar nearly 2 years ago with a naturopath, eliminating common food intolerances and even did an expensive test with him. I stuck to the 3 weeks pretty well but I didn't make good use of the journals. Also, I added a few things back in at a time and lost control at that point... I like the controlled experiment prescribed in this approach so I'm excited to see what hap... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:52:05 EST Smoothies Hi, <BR> I am on day 4 (cycle 1) and am feeling very optimistic about this plan. One thing I am struggling with this the smoothies. I like the idea that I am starting my day with all those fruits and vegetables, but I'm really not feeling like it does anything for me. I drink my smoothie around 7:30,and by 9:30 my stomach is rumbling - just like it does when I haven't eaten anything. (I used to eat my eggs/snack around 9:30 for a late breakfast, because that's when I get hungry.) I'm jus... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:05:39 EST party foods Going to a Superbowl party. I know it's late to be planning, but....well, here goes... <BR> I need some Virgin Diet ideas. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:46:49 EST Protein Powders That you love/hate? I am struggling with buying a $30+ tub of unknown over the internet. I was able to try some single serving packets from my local nfs for $3-$5 a piece <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Vega one was delicious but I feel it was lacking as I was left hungry. <BR> All of the RAW products tasted like chalk. <BR> <BR> I have been using six star nutrition from walmart. Its not contains sucralose and one of the other hidden sugars. maltodextrin perhaps....also it is not NONGMO. <BR> Please t... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:53:23 EST new to sparkpeople and to Virgin diet Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to it all. I'll try to make this short. My journey to follow the Virgin diet was a long and sometimes painful one, but I hope that is all about to change. <BR> <BR> Two years ago I found out I had lymphoma. When my husband and I heard those first words, it was as though all the oxygen was sucked out of the room. We felt as though we had no room in to breath. We walked out of the doctor's office like zombies. <BR> <BR> It took two years of on again off ag... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:29:07 EST new to sparkpeople and to Vigin diet Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to it all. I'll try to make this short. My journey to follow the Virgin diet was a long and sometimes painful one, but I hope that is all about to change. <BR> <BR> Two years ago I found out I had lymphoma. When my husband and I heard those first words, it was as though all the oxygen was sucked out of the room and Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:16:40 EST Anyone having their bladder waking them up Ok I have to admit I was having insomnia before i started due to winter vacation getting me off my normal routine.That was just trouble getting to sleep not waking... now all the water after dinner is waking me up at night. I have tried to stop an hour b4 I know i want to sleep then just have a few sips b4 bed. but I have woken up every night since i started the diet. please tell me my bladder will get adjusted soon. Thankfully i fall back to sleep immediately and thanks to the shakes and all... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:54:25 EST Another newbie Hello everyone, <BR> I started out this year with the resolution, not to lose weight but, to be more organized. I have been working at losing weight for years. During the winters I am usually very faithful to counting calories and sweating regularly. But by June I had only lost 5lbs plus whatever I had gained during the prev. lazy summer--i hate to sweat when it is hot) This is discouraging as i was working out and tracking my food. <BR> Well, this past fall I changed jobs and was not able ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:26:04 EST How the Virgin Diet changed my life Hi all, <BR> I was an early adaptor of the JJ Virgin Diet. I saw one of her infocommercials and decided to give it a whirl. It ended up changing my life because food intolerances really was my problem, but I didn't know it. I did her program about a year ago and ended up giving up dairy and wheat permanently, since I felt so much better off it. Her diet proved to me how much better I could feel. I am now almost Paleo….still haven't given up rice. I just had a blood test that confir... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:13:06 EST Notice any Unexpected Health Benefits? I didn't see a thread for this, but was wondering if anyone is noticing any unexpected specific changes as a result of their journey to wellness? <BR> <BR> For the last 15 years I have had a recurrent charlie horse in my left thigh. I have asked my doctor about it and got no answer. Whenever I would bend it too far (for example, if something fell under the table and I got down there to get it) the leg would cramp terribly and i would have to get up. Everything else that I am currently ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:33:43 EST brand new and nervous! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been reading The Virgin Diet and am very interested. I am just getting back to SparkPeople. I am out of control eating bad stuff and feel yucky most of the time. Luckily health wise I am "ok" (on paper) except for high triglycerides. But I am 43 and my mom is diabetic on 9 medications. I would also like to help her better manage her nutrition- she is not overweight at all but it sickens me to see her on so many meds. I know she could better manage the diabetes ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:14:00 EST New Do you all use the shake powders and her supplements while doing her program? I already have shake powders and would like to spare the expense. What recommendations would you all have in what I should make sure I add to what I already do. <BR> <BR> My protein powder is Hemp Powder by Nutiva, I put spirulina, almond milk, chia seeds, arceola powder, ashwagandha powder, coconut oil or avocado oil, berries, stevia, greens in it. I do this most days. <BR> <BR> I have not gotten the book y... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:02:00 EST New to the Virgin Diet Hi everyone! Like a lot of others, I first heard of JJ Virgin from PBS. I bought her book and as I ready through I realized that a lot of what she says makes so much sense. I've struggled with my weight all my life. I'm usually very successful at losing but as soon as I go back to my normal eating habits, it comes right back on. I'm so tired of this and want to find a way of eating that will satisfy me and keep me at a healthy weight for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> I'm so new at the ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:55:38 EST Clothes Shopping... Hey! I was shopping last night for new pants, and the ones I ended up getting were a 34" waist, where I was buying 38" and 40" before the Virgin diet! Freakin' awesome! <BR> Just wanted to encourage you all that this lifestyle works for weight loss and health... <BR> <em>525</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 09:58:54 EST Diet Battle... Last night wy wife, who is NOT hip to the Virgin Diet, wanted something desert-like before bedtime... <BR> I ended up making 6 beautiful blueberry muffins (conventional from box mix), and they looked SO wonderful! She had one, and asked me about eating one also...and I declined. <BR> THAT was a hard one. I'm kind of surprised that it didn't break me down, especially since I'm the one that made 'em... <BR> Power to the Spark People! <BR> Weigh -in for me is Wednesdays, and I'm looking to drop ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:01:56 EST Shakes I found a meal replacement shake that meets all of JJ's requirements and in fact has less sugar (important since I'm diabetic) and contains healthy proteins, digestive enzymes, and probiotics than the JJ Virgin Shake. Vega One. I bought the Chocolate. It is Dutch cocoa so it is a bit of a different taste but for those of us who hate shakes to begin with, this one is tolerable. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:21:02 EST shakes question Hello Everyone <BR> I'm finishing the book. I started the diet seriously on Monday, and yesterday I ordered a pile of supplements including pea protein. When it arrives I can make the shakes. I won't use fruit as I am also trying to observe the Harcombe Diet at the same time, to eradicate candida. I would like to ask a question about the shakes. In the book p168 the recipe for thicker shakes lists both 1 serving fiber and 1 serving chia/hemp/linseeds. What is the first fiber? The expla... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 10:52:08 EST Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil Has anyone found this product yet? I've been researching and I'm told that it can be found at Whole Foods but haven't made the trip yet (it's not close to me). I have also found from my web research that Carotino's is a good brand but not the one from Amazon, apparently it's a knock off. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:17:50 EST Mustard. ..YES!!! After reading many labels on condiments, I was really starting to bum out at all the crap they put into everyday foods. Sugar, soy, corn oils, etc.... <BR> <BR> Lo and behold at work I found some mustard that has simple Virgin approved make-up! <BR> And I thought I'd be stuck with balsamic vinegar for the next chapter in my eating plans... <BR> YES!!! Now if I can make some good tasting salsa to replace ketchup... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:48:52 EST Potatoes and Rice? OK? What do you think??? I don't have any additional information on these foods, but am eating them in moderation... <BR> They problem foods, or am I alright having them in my diet plan? <BR> Thanks! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:43:27 EST Not new, but re-new Hello, all. I've followed JJ Virgin for years and completed some of her programs but never stuck with any of them for a variety of reasons and excuses despite knowing what she says to be true for me. <BR> I decided to give the VD a go, and from the first day, things were different. One reason was that my husband was on board with it this time and is doing it with me! Another reason was that we now live very close to my sister and her husband who are vegans. They are completely supportive. ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:19:07 EST alcohol Is alcohol permitted, and if so, which kinds? My favourite poison is beer. <BR> Thank you Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:58:50 EST Calories I did not get my book yet, but have read the quick start guide online. Are we counting calories on this diet? I haven't found anything about calories counting. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:48:05 EST New to The Virgin Diet! Hello, I am new to this diet and for the past week have been reading everything about it! I plan on getting started on Monday. Any tips? Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:39:58 EST blowing it If one blows the diet, eating things that are not allowed, does one have to start counting the three weeks from zero all over again? <BR> I did not observe the diet over the weekend, started over on Monday but yesterday evening I forgot and had some eggs. <BR> Thank you Wed, 7 Aug 2013 00:32:28 EST Hello everyone I watched J.J. show on t.v. a few weeks ago and recognized myself in her list of symptoms. I . would like to change my diet but can't afford her book right now. Give I found your group and hope to meet all of you. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:00:38 EST Favorite Kitchen "Gadget" One of my favorite kitchen gadgets, is my blender... I enjoy making healthy green smoothies, at least once or twice a day, so a blender with a lot of power is a must... When I first started this new lifestyle, I tried using my old favorite, but it was apparent, right from the get go, that it didn't have enough power, so I tried the Health Master... It's got over 1200 watts, and I absolutely LOVE it!!! Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:14:34 EST Open Chat I think it's important to be able to share experiences, and just everyday life in general, while on a new lifestyle, and that's what the Virgin Diet is, a healthy lifestyle, not just a lose a few pounds quick fad, so let's use this thread to visit and learn from one another's experiences. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:56:46 EST New here Hi Everyone <BR> I have been a Spark member for several years. Last year I was near my goal, losing well mainly through Dukan, but regained a lot of weight this year; it's got out of control and I was watching the scale go up but feeling helpless because nothing worked. The added weight has also probably aggravated a chronic back ache. Other health issues include thyroid (multi-nodular goitre) and very occasional asthma (it's been months since I've used an inhaler but I carry it with me just... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:25:02 EST gas from the a.m. shake I'm on day 3 of the virgin diet, and the shakes are giving me incredible gas and intestinal discomfort. Does this go away after a while? anyone else have this experience? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 07:33:20 EST Long Term Results of Virgin Diet Hi! I was doing the Virgin Diet last December. My name was different back then..."Mayqueene". I wanted to report that doing the Virgin Diet had a major long-term effect on my life. <BR> <BR> I did the Virgin Diet pretty much as she suggested, although I was a little impatient adding things back. I did notice that I felt a lot better eliminating dairy and gluten. However, being me, I only "cut back" after the Virgin elimination plan was over. That is, at first. After I stopped doing t... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:06:04 EST S.O.S.!! Vacation! Today was day 1 on Cycle 2. We were going to do dairy and opened the fridge door to discover that our son and finished off the milk! So haven't done that today!! GRRR. Also, we are in need of more protein powder and it look like it won't arrive until the day after we leave for vacation. Help!! What can I do?? Suggestions?? <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:13:48 EST Weekend Challenges It seems to me that the weekends are the hardest. Time to mingle with family and friends and all the good food that goes along with it. I will be attending an event this weekend where there will be a smorgasbord of food carried in by everyone. It has always been a weakness of mine and I give in to my wishes. This week I've decided to prepare in advance and make some delicious food that I can eat and take with me. <BR> <BR> Feel free to share your biggest weekend challenges, obstacles, and h... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:32:38 EST New Challenges I just added a couple of new challenges to the group. These are there as a starting point to help you to your weight loss goals. If you have any problem with these or the links let me know and I'll try to correct them. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:11:41 EST What's For Dinner Had a great dinner, my very own sweet potato hash. Gluten free, soy free, egg free, dairy free, peanut free, corn free, sugar and artificial sweetener free, could also be vegan but I added two slices of low sodium oven roasted turkey. I baked one small sweet potatoe in Microwave until almost done, then peeled and cubed in small cubes. Stir fried 1 onion, 2 cups of red, orange, yellow peppers in 1t. coconut oil until tender then added turkey and stir fried a couple more minutes. Then add the c... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:25:38 EST I HIT MY GOAL! Okay, it took six months, but I DID IT! <BR> <BR> The funny thing about this program is that is starts out as a diet, but by the end of week three it has turned into a "new way of eating". <BR> <BR> I *never* look at calories or fat grams anymore because I'm eating healthy all the time. I love this! I am FREE of the diet game. <BR> <BR> My husband and daughters and I are all healthier and happier. We're conscious of what we put in our mouths and we've expanded our veggie and herb ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 17:50:39 EST Awesome Replacement for Root Beer Soda! Oh! Even though I'm a newbie, I have to mention the one recommendation I had for those starting this. <BR> <BR> Do you love Root Beer soda? <BR> <BR> Well, there's a red Root Beer tea that takes care of the cravings and is healthy for you! <BR> <BR> Check it out: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I've been drinking this tea for over 6 months and never have a craving for soda because of it! <BR> <BR> Hope that helps! Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:08:28 EST Team Leader <em>381</em> <BR> Hello <BR> I have just been added as a team leader and wanted to introduce myself. I am a 63 year old, struggling with weight loss and just recently decided to give the Virgin Diet a try, Lord knows that I have tried everything else. I had some amazing results in the first week and decided this was something I have to do, completely change my eating habits. <BR> <BR> I see that it has been a while since some members have posted on the forum, so I hope we can get some h... Thu, 30 May 2013 09:02:49 EST Introduction, Week 2 of the Virgin Diet Hello everyone, I'm glad I found this forum. I'm in my second week, however, I indulged over the holiday weekend and put back on 3 pounds of the 7 that I lost. Yes, that quick. So today I am back on track, maybe I should just repeat week one and start all over. Either way, it is definitely worth the effort to stay on track. I look forward to reading your post and sharing. Have a great day. Mon, 27 May 2013 10:37:56 EST Very nauseous on Virgin Diet after adding eggs Just did my first food addition to the basic shake, organic meat, vegetable regime. I feed really sick to my stomach, a dramatic response. Anybody else experience this degree of reaction of eggs. They were fresh and organic. Sat, 11 May 2013 13:22:55 EST Anyone Using JJ's 4x4 exercise DVDs? Hello, Folks! <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone else was using JJ's 4x4 exercise DVDs. I have a question about how to use them, how to mix them up. Anyone know? <BR> <BR> There are eight workouts. Should I do one workout for a month, 3x per week, then switch workouts? OR should I do all 8 workouts in succession, like 5 or 6 days a week? Really don't know since they are a mix of cardio and strength training. <BR> <BR> HELP! <BR> <BR> And thanks in advance to anyone that has an answer or s... Fri, 10 May 2013 06:35:34 EST Food Discoveries and DIY I wasn't sure where to put this so I started a new section <BR> <BR> I have started making my own nut milks. I think it actually works out cheaper than the store bought and is just so easy to make. I also like it because I know its fresh and doesn't have the added chemicals... also you get more variety as you can 'milk' any nut. My next experiment which I have read about is pistachio milk. As for the the basic... <BR> Almond milk. <BR> All you have to do is soak your nuts for 12-24 hours. dr... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:27:31 EST Hello fellow Virgin dieters Hi! I started this last Thursday, although I have had 2 slip ups so far, a wrap on about day 3 (my husband had cooked dinner and I convinced myself I just couldn't hurt his feelings) and then a Cobb salad last night that had a little egg and blue cheese dressing. Anywho, I'm not giving up and today was clean, go me! And go you guys, too! <BR> <BR> I have ulcerative colitis so I'm hoping maybe I'll discover some link to one of these inflammatory foods and be able to keep myself in remission... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:40:34 EST Going to start tomorrow! Hello, my name is Maura and I plan to start this new plan tomorrow. I went to Barnes and Noble this morning to search for ANOTHER diet plan and came across the Virgin diet. Downloaded kindle version. I have been on and done sooooo many diets, I've lost count! This looks like something I could do well on. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:21:35 EST Pea Protein Aaaawful taste. I added a bit of almond extract to mask it. Hope this isn't going to slow my progress to health in skinny jeans hanging way back in the closet. <BR> First day, I felt really weak and light headed, but third day is much better so far. Hope this adjustment continues. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:56:26 EST Virgin Shamrock Shake I'm so excited to have celebrated St. Patrick's day with my own Virgin version of the Shamrock shake. <BR> I used 1 cup of almond milk, one scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 cup of fresh spinach (to make it green). then came almost disaster-I thought I had peppermint extract in the cupboard, but I didn't! Now what? <BR> I went outside to my weed garden. I live in Ohio, so it was a long shot, but I found some dried up, frostbitten mint. I wasn't too optimistic, but I decided it was probab... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:50:51 EST Chia Seeds Am I the only one that can't handle the chia seeds in my shakes? The thickness is almost unbearable...of course seeing them mixed with water one time didn't help any...they resemble fish eggs after they gel. Yuk!!! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:28:13 EST Virgin Diet All-in-One Shake Hi, Does anyone know whether the "Virgin Diet All-in-One" shakes on JJ's website meant to replace the recipe in the book for frozen fruit, coconut milk, etc? Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:37:54 EST New & have a question Hi All, <BR> I am on day 6 of cycle one. I have been having 2 shakes a day. I'm happy to have lost almost 6 pounds already! My husband has lost 5 lbs, and my mother has too! <BR> I was wondering about posts that say the shakes are too filling or too large. The book says the shake recipe makes 4 servings. That's correct, isn't it? <BR> Going out to eat tonight, and hoping we can make it through without any bad ingredients. <BR> Have a great night! <BR> W <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:17:27 EST virgin diet this is my 2nd day on the diet, but I am more bloated than when I started not sure why. I also have been working out. I am drinking the amount of water the book says and more. does it just take some time for all the bad to get out of your system and should i feel better in a few days. I thought that maybe doing 2 shakes a day. any suggestions out there. thank you Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:47:48 EST Introduction I am not sure if I am in the right place. I am going to start the virgin diet in two days. I would like to loose about 20 lbs. I am read the book, but I have questions about the shake. I hope someone can help. In one place it says that it is four servings and the recipe for cycle 1 there is know serving size. Do I use 2 scoops of protein powder and 2 tablespoons of fiber (does that mean that I use(fiber blend and chi seeds and hemp seeds and ground flaxseeds or do I just use one or the o... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:23:35 EST Oh YEAH, Cycle 1 completed!!! I am soo excited... I completed Cycle 1 of the Virgin Diet and I feel great! Yes, I have increased energy, I have lost some weight and my psoriasis is beginning to clear up nicely. However, the best part is that I did not cheat. I finally stuck to a plan and saw it all the way through. This is a huge accomplishment for me because I am such a foodie. I love food, baked goods and am a constant snacker. <BR> <BR> For me the Virgin Diet was not about losing weight but finding myself... fin... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:18:18 EST Mother Nature's Visit I just completed Week 2 of Cycle 1 and I feel great. Everything that JJ predicted has occurred... I have increased energy, clarity, less mood swings and nice weight loss thus far. However, today I was craving sugar LIKE CRAZY. This is the first time ever that I had such strong cravings for any of the 7 forbidden foods. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else ever experienced this symptom right before Mother Nature's visit? What did you do to overcome? I tried to keep my mind off of sugar but popping ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:11:30 EST Not Getting Enough Carbs.... Not sure if I am doing this right or not... I thought I was following the Plate outlined by JJ but I am still falling relatively short on my carbs. Most days it is not extremely low but still less than what is recommended by SparkPeople's nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> I am ok with every other aspect and dropping the weight nicely. Just a wee bit concerned. Has anyone else encountered this problem? Have any suggestions on how to increase the carb intake a little bit. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:45:00 EST New to the forum Hi all. I am on day 3 and so happy to have found you. I was researching any connection to the Virgin Diet & gastric bypass. I am 10 years out from my surgery and am very excited to have found this program. I still have eating issues surrounding my re-arranged insides, but I have not had sugar, bread, rice or pasta in 10 years. I also rarely eat fruit or vegetables. My biggest loss will be the cheese, as I have basically lived on cream cheese & canned chicken. My immediate goal is to feel less... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:53:33 EST Irregularity? Anyone? I know...a TMI subject...but I need to ask. <BR> <BR> Since I've been on the JJVD, I've been less than "regular". I thought I was eating plenty of fiber. Any suggestions? Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:37:33 EST Ladies and/or doctors, maybe you know... This week I introduced gluten. So far not bad. A little bloating today (day 3), but nothing uncomfortable. I'll take out of my diet and reintroduce again later. <BR> <BR> My question is: <BR> <BR> What if the bloating is pre-mentrual cycle? I'm coming up on my time. I don't actually keep track, but I know I haven't had it since being on the diet and I'm on day 25 of the diet. <BR> <BR> How can you tell the difference? I've looked through the book and tried to look it up via yahoo.... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:57:05 EST Post Virgin Diet I'm making this post in case anybody besides me decides to go off the JJV plan and talk about how they feel about that. <BR> <BR> I challenged a few foods and felt definite reactions that were unpleasant and yet also tolerable. What struck me is that many people walk around feeling food reactions all the time but just sort of brushing it off. Because although I sensed reactions to food (stomachaches, mood changes etc) nothing lasted very long and was the kind of thing you could brush off m... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:56:39 EST Just couldn't do the shakes. I love them, without the powders, but with the powders - YUK! <BR> <BR> So... I'm not doing them. Today was day 21 for me, and I feel fantastic! I've learned so much about food, and I'm definitely taking more care in what I choose to eat or put on my table. <BR> <BR> I only have about 10-15 lbs left to lose, and I can easily see it happening for me with this lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> One thing. I am really anxious about adding in the new foods on Cycle 2. I am actually thinking abou... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:53:02 EST Hello - I did it! Hello! I am new to this discussion, but not to the Virgin Diet. Today was day 21 for me! Yeah! I have successfully completed the first challenge, and boy has it made a difference! <BR> <BR> I've lost 10.2 lbs in three weeks. Yup. No lie. 10.2 lbs. <BR> I've lost 1 inch from my waist; 1.5 inches from my; 1 inch from my thighs; and .75 inch from my upper arm. <BR> <BR> Amazing! <BR> <BR> There's more! <BR> <BR> I have started to look at food differently. Now I am so aware of the... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:36:05 EST Ghee is good! Any other pleasant surprises? I have been "tolerating", "choking down", "meh-ing" diet food, health foods, etc. for most of my life. I hate feeling deprived of "real food that tastes good" and it inevitably derails my ability to continue with whatever diet or "healthy eating" plan I'm on at the time. <BR> <BR> So, when I started the elimination plan (the Virgin Diet), I had that old familiar feeling choking down those shakes in the morning. Then the rest of the family had pasta and I had quinoa, and I was like, "meh", I'... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:55:51 EST Starting tomorrow~ I have gathered my supplies- starting my day 1 of the V.D. <BR> Starting with the shake- <BR> Using Coconut milk, Frozen strawberries, Fresh blueberries, and I've purchased Jay Robb's whey protein. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure out 'meal ideas' to plan ahead. I'm one who likes recipes- to plan. <BR> Are there any blogs out there or places I can go? <BR> I have the book. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> ej1nate2- i'll post a photo when I can figure that out! LOL <BR> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:56:30 EST Nectresse not good for us While looking for Stevia at the store I saw a new sweetner to try. Nectresse. <BR> <BR> Do not be fooled by this one it contains sugar. <BR> Read this daily blog and it will give you more information. <BR> <BR><BR>what_is_nectresse_the_new_zerocalorie_<BR>sweetener <BR> <BR> I guess I will have to get used to Stevia <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:43:21 EST Hungry day 1 So its my first full day on the virgin diet , started yesterday afternoon. Had my AM shake at 8 am and its 8:30 I'm hungry! I thought this was the whole great thing was to not ever be hungry? It's gonna b hard to wait till noon to eat lunch! Help <em>249</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:23:13 EST WHAT ABOUT SEASONING W/A BUTTER-TYPE PUMP SPRAY? What do you use for topping veggies and sweet potatoes with a butter-type spray? <BR> <BR> I know butter is out but isn't there something else to use? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere, unless I've just overlooked it. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:13:46 EST Streak how many days are you a Virgin I am on my 9 day of trying to eliminate the deadly 7 <BR> Still feeling great. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:35:55 EST This parody will hit home OMG, you have to watch this. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry after seeing it: <BR><BR>Ro Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:05:23 EST Cycle 2 After a couple of tries at Cycle 1 (12 days and 10 days respectively) I found myself extremely tense, unbearably so, so I decided to go off the program. I also was getting depressed. I have found that every time I give up dairy I get depressed. An internet search indicated that dairy is a precursor of serotonin. I thought I would just quit this program entirely, but I decided to try adding one food back to see what would happen. <BR> <BR> I started out with dairy by having a latte 2 days... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:14:19 EST What foods do you/will you miss? This may be considered wallowing, but I feel like I should acknowledge the foods I will miss if I decide to make this diet permanent. These are the foods that stand out right now: <BR> <BR> VH Soya Sauce: my go-to topper for rice. <BR> <BR> Butter: I cut out pretty well every fat except this one. It literally makes EVERYTHING taste better. <BR> <BR> Popcorn with butter (and salt) on top: my favourite go-to snack. <BR> <BR> Ice cream: I indulged way too much in this, but there are some pri... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:57:37 EST No results... Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Well, I just completed week 1 on the plan. I have to say, not really feeling any different and my skin is worse than it's ever been. I'm 51 with acne like a teenager.... not sure what's up with all of that. I have only dropped 2 pounds, if that and have been pretty faithful to all the recommendations. <BR> <BR> Anyone else experience this? Wed, 9 Jan 2013 06:55:53 EST supplements So Here is where we can post about all about supplements! For the most part I order my supplements from They usually have the best price especially on Vega one. What I don't get there I get from amazon. I also order some of my powders from (they also have moringa powder) they have some good snacks. The sprouted spinach pesto nuts are amazing. also the have a good salad booster, chai seeds, maca, chlorophyll (one of the ingredients in the salad booster also). The... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:21:27 EST Team Leader position open Hello guys....due to some personal circumstances, I am going to have to leave the Virgin Plan, this team, and the role of Team Leader. I am hereby abandoning the role and whoever wants to take it over just takes the role (there will be a notice at the top of the team). <BR> <BR> Sorry for the abrupt departure, but something has come up in my personal life. Maybe I'll be back some other time. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed interacting with you. <BR> <BR> --May Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:24:53 EST Virgin Diet Challenge I was just wondering if anyone has signed up for the online program JJ offers? Fri, 4 Jan 2013 19:20:18 EST Team Goals Whoops! I accidentally deleted the Goal of 30 points per day. Sorry, someone else made the goal and people were signed up for it and tracking. So sorry I deleted it...I meant to delete the goal I had made about posting that was hard to track. I will put the 30 points per day goal back later when I have time. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:05:36 EST Anybody slip? Reactions? I definitly had a two day slip that was costly. I partied like it was 1999 on New Year's Eve - alcohol, soda, stuffed shrimp, deserts - the whole deal. The next day my whole body hurt (it wasn't the food, I'm just not used to being up late and partying/dancing anymore). I found it hard to get back on track the next day and basically threw in the towel and ate whatever was handy - thinking I'll get back on the next day. By the third day the bloating, gas, GERD and joint pain was back in f... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:40:56 EST Is This Food "OK" ? Thread Here's a thread for asking each other for opinions whether a certain food meets the criteria of the Virgin Plan, Cycle 1. <BR> <BR> For instance, today I think I found something great, but maybe I'm stretching it. Beanfields gluten-free Bean Rice Chips. Ingredients: Black Beans, Navy Beans, Long Grain Rice, High Oleic Sunflower or Sunflower Oil. Sea Salt. Virgin, or not? <BR> <BR> That's not the best oil in the world. And you certainly wouldn't want ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:39:28 EST JJ Sightings JJ will be on "The Today Show" on NBC on Wed, Jan 2! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:52:48 EST A little motivation I sent my receipt to JJ so I get little tips and motivation from her. It's great. If you haven't done it I suggest you do. I did receive a letter today and wanted to share it for anyone who is having a day where they feel down or like the want to stop this new eating plan. I just started, but know there will be hard times ahead. Anyway here it is! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The car that hit my son didn’t stop to ask if I was up for it. It didn’t stop to ask if I was healthy enough or stron... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:00:27 EST Cycle 1 I'm moving into my third week on cycle 1 and feeling soooo much better! I've lost 14lbs in this time and really don't want to even move into cycle 2 to challenge the food..lolol. I would like to get some additional recipes - esp tips on cooking for 1. I hate to waste food and I always have leftovers for days when I cook anything. This is the first plan I've been on that addressed my food sensitivities...the first time my stomach and guts haven't been distressed with gas and bloating in my... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:18:58 EST Snack Ideas What types of snacks do you have to get you through the day? <em>56</em> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:37:25 EST Managing social eating I almost called this thread "Managing SAD eating events" but I decided that sounded too negative! But that's how I think of them...."Standard American Diet" = sad. <BR> <BR> When you decide to give up eating the standard American fare, you are suddenly kind of a loner, food-wise, at social events. How are you handling your Standard Am. Diet social events? <BR> <BR> Lucky for me, now being 15 days into the Virgin Diet, I feel strong, un-craving, and un-interested in going off the Virgin Di... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 14:33:06 EST JJV Website and Resources Be sure to visit JJV's great resources website available at: <BR> Here you can get product info, a journal page template, dining out guide and other helpful info. <BR> <BR> Also go to her main website for more info: including a Frequently Asked Questions page. <BR> <BR> Her FB is:<BR>ref=ts Here's a place to thank her and tell her how you're doing with the plan. She appears to... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 12:56:45 EST How did you discover JJ Virgin? What's your story of how you discovered JJ Virgin's diet, and are there any personal reasons it appeals to you? <BR> <BR> In my case, I was happily doing the Primal Blueprint for 3 mos. straight, which was an all-time diet record for me (I usually only last a few weeks on any plan). But I only lost 10 lbs on the PB. (PB = no grains, fats are encouraged, sweets are only dark chocolate and red wine). <BR> <BR> One night I was just flipping channels on the TV, which is something I rarely do,... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:57:31 EST How much have you lost? What's better? Ok, Day 6 is over and I've lost 3 lbs. What's better is I have had complete control about what I eat all week long. No urges to cheat at all. Love this plan! Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:43:09 EST Shake Tips I have only read half the book....maybe this is in the book, but by Day 5 now, I'm starting to think more creatively about this shake in the morning. Like what foods are good to add to it. What are you putting in your shake? <BR> <BR> Also, I'm getting pretty annoyed with my old noisy and hard to clean blender. I've decided to buy the Cuisinart Immersion Blender:<BR>martStick-200-Watt-Immersion/dp/B000EG<BR>A6QI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&c<... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:10:30 EST Detox, anyone? I have only made it through 1/2 JJ's book (but dived right into the "diet") so I'm not sure if she covers this in the book, but I know from past experience that whenever you categorically give up a substance or food, you body goes into Detox. Once the body no longer has to deal with an offending substance with the autoimmune response, the liver and whatnot can start cleaning up toxins. At first toxins are leaked into the bloodstream and you feel cruddy. Eventually your body gets rid of th... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:56:34 EST Virgin Diet Tips, as we discover them... Here's my first tip. Brown rice tortillas. I am presuming I have the same product she is calling a rice wrap? I didn't find anything called a rice wrap, but I found these. <BR> <BR> Well the first burrito I made with one (last night) fell apart in my hands as I ate, so I was disappointed. Tonight I put my mind to figuring out what the problem was and decided it was that I had put salsa in my burrito and the acid liquid had eaten through the tortilla rapidly. So this time I made a burrit... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 20:42:01 EST What have you noticed today? I think one of the most important things you can do in any weight-loss or diet-improvement program is to pay attention! Listen to your body...what is it saying today? <BR> <BR> For instance I'm on Day 2 of this program and my body said the lentils I ate yesterday gave me a tiny bit of gas. That was a negative and what I learn from that is either I didn't cook the lentils enough (probable), my body just isn't used to them (also probable), and my intestinal flora is off (so says my naturopa... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 19:32:46 EST Gluten Free Foods - Question /answers here Be sure to read the labels to make sure you are eating gluten-free. Better is to make it yourself, but it's the busy world out there. I buy my salad dressing and salsa. <BR> <BR> I just checked my salad dressing: Paul Newman Italian. Says it's GF, Wish he would write it in all caps in red on his label, like many food products do. <BR> <BR> If you know a good GF food or have a question about a product, lets use this thread for that. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:19:38 EST Vegan & Virgin?! On JJV Facebook page I just saw this from JJ: <BR> <BR> "hang tight, the veg guide will be avail to support you in a few days <BR> " - JJV <BR> <BR> In other words she is coming out with a guide for veg's. I see a lot of posts there from vegans who can't figure it out. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:14:12 EST Ultimate Exercise Goals Greetings Everyone! <BR> <BR> Do you have any exercise goals in mind? Share them with us so we can support you on your journey. <BR> <BR> My ultimate exercise goal is to do a triathlon. Big problem...I can't swim and I'm terrified of the water LOL What I have decided to do is to break down the triathlon into three components...running, bicycling, and swimming and break each down into mini goals. <BR> <BR> First Goal - Run a Marathon <BR> 1. Start walking 10 minutes/day <BR> 2. Increase wal... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:47:22 EST What exercises are you add to your lifestyle? Greetings Everyone! <BR> <BR> Just finished my first workout with SparkPeople's "28 Day Bootcamp Workout" plus I walked our three dogs around the block. Since I'm totally out of shape, I had to modify the workout so I could keep up. Walking around the block was easier today. I tried walking around the block earlier this week and I had to take a couple of breaks...this time I was able to walk it with no stops. <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:34:25 EST Cookbook Recommendations Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Although JJ provides some recipes in her book, I wanted to see if they were any cookbooks that would address our issues. Thanks to Barnes and Noble, I found one that looks like a winner. <BR> <BR> "The Healthy Gluten-Free Life: 200 Delicious Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free & Egg-Free Recipes" by Tammy Credicott. It received 5 stars on and the food looks amazing. <BR> <BR> From Amazon's website: <BR> <BR> Warning, this is NOT ANOTHER GLUTEN FREE BAKING B... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 02:37:18 EST Combining other diets with "The Virgin Diet" Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> While I have been using "The Virgin Diet" religiously, I have been incorporating ideas from other diets. From the "Eat Clean Diet" by Tosca Reno, I have eating clean and packaged or processed foods. From "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Brake, I have been limiting/eliminating legumes and fruits. From the "Paleo Diet" by Loren Cordain, I have stopped eating all grains and potatoes. So basically I'm eating clean and lean protein, unlimited vegetables and healthy f... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 02:14:57 EST Holiday Strategies I thought I was slightly crazy to decide to start JJ's diet in December, what with Holiday food everywhere, but my body had been really reacting to bad food lately, so I decided to dive in while my excitement at reading her book is high. <BR> <BR> So I'm worried I'll have some holiday food, but actually I also think I won't! Because I really, really want to feel better and look better and not be addicted to foods. <BR> <BR> So one of my strategies for attending holiday parties is to remem... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 01:27:22 EST What'd you eat today? Today for breakfast I had a vegan shake I got at the co-op. I have the Thorne shakes on order but they haven't arrived yet. I also had home-made chicken-lentil soup made from a JJ recipe in her book. I had a green salad and chicken for lunch. A mandarin orange. Coconut plain yogurt with added blueberries. For dinner I had hamburger and onions, black beans, green chiles, salsa and a rice tortilla. How about you? Sun, 9 Dec 2012 01:19:16 EST Virgin Diet 101 The Virgin Diet is based on the principle that food intolerances are the real secret behind weight gain. The program eliminates seven foods that are most likely to cause problems. These foods are wheat/gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts, and sugar/artificial sweeteners. For the first 21 days, you avoid the problem foods. Afterwards, you carefully re-introduce the foods one by one to see what works for your body and what doesn't. According the book by J.J. Virgin, a person can lose up to ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 05:07:08 EST Introduce Yourself I'm newly married after being single/childless for 47 years. In December 2000, I weighed approximately 430 pounds. I underwent the RNY and lost 135 pounds. After my weight loss stalled, I decided to have my weight loss surgery revised to the Duodenal Switch in September 2003. I then lost another 160 pounds before hitting my lowest weight of 135 pounds. Unfortunately that weight was far too low and unhealthy for me so I was encouraged to gain some weight...BIG MISTAKE!!!. I have been bouncing ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 02:05:13 EST