I'm still here and still going strong. I agree with so many of you - letting the baddies back in is HARD!!! I went all the way through the program faithfully. I did we'll and felt well. I learned two important things about myself, I am terribly addicted to sugar, horribly addicted, I mean like heroine addicted... One slip up can be devastating! Another is that dairy is not good for me. I had one dairy filled weekend and ended up with five zits!
I am simply happier in stage one. I don't think I'm strong enough for the three bite rule yet. Maybe someday; I certainly hope so; not yet.
Either way, I'm still feeling good and still losing weight (albeit slowly)!
I concur. Thank you very much MISSSVJS for sharing your experience with us. It is motivating to hear other peoples experiences. I agree with sugar and how bad it is for you and how easily it can take control. I am happy staying on cycle 1 and not introducing any of the 7 problem foods. It is great to see you are taking you health seriously and doing what you need to do to keep in control.
current weight: 145.0
Fitness Minutes: (11,498) Posts: 402 2/4/13 12:40 P
I am also new to this Team but not to the Virgin Diet - my husband and I started the Virgin Diet on Christmas Eve (we got our Christmas festivities over with early!). My husband and I normally eat a fairly healthy diet, but we'd allowed some sugar back in and had been eating out more than usual. I'd been having lots of inflammatory issues for several months - severe back pain, bloating, diarrhea, etc. and I was reasonably certain a lot of my issues were food-related. We made it through the 21 day elimination period with no problems and no cheats. The first few days were pretty rough for me - basically I felt like crap! But by about day 5 my back pain was so much better I couldn't believe it - I'd been suffering since Halloween! We have reintroduced gluten, eggs, and dairy. We never eat soy so I didn't see any point in testing it. I've learned that gluten is not good for me, and the only gluten I tested was Ezekiel sprouted grain bread and tortillas - gluten causes digestive issues for me. Eggs seemed to be okay, but I will likely limit them until our Farmers Market reopens and I can get them from the vendor that doesn't feed her hens soy and corn. I already knew dairy was a problem, but can tolerate some yogurt and a bit of cheese now and then - milk is out, but I'm fine with that.
I didn't lose a ton of weight - about 9 pounds, but really didn't need to lose much more than that. I didn't do this to lose weight, I did it to learn about food intolerances. My cholesterol runs rather high and I refuse to take statins - the health care professional I see doesn't want me on statins either, so we have been working with various supplements to try to get it lowered. He's been telling me he thought my high cholesterol was being caused by inflammation (since I'm not overweight, I exercise religiously, and my diet - I thought- was pretty healthy), and has even been concerned that I possibly have an auto-immune issue starting. I have labs scheduled in a couple weeks and I'm actually looking forward to getting the results back to see if this has made a difference in my numbers.
We are now in the maintenance phase - I have to admit that I felt the absolute best during the initial 21 day elimination phase, so my plan is to continue with that and only allow myself the occasional treat. I know one thing for sure, I don't ever want to go back to how I was feeling before we discovered this plan!
Fitness Minutes: (11,498) Posts: 402 1/27/13 8:48 P
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