Here I go again. When something strikes me as true and important, I head on down that road to see what it’s all about – as a benefit to myself as well as my clients. I’m not a fan of ‘diets’, but I’m embarking upon The Virgin Diet because I think JJ’s on to something. I’ve noticed as I progress through the years, I can no longer exercise or cut back food enough to control the 5 -10 pound weight fluctuation that I struggle with.
My personal reasons for doing it are vain, I will admit. Even more than that, I truly believe that when I find the right foods for my body chemistry, my weight will regulate itself without the obsessive attention to it and at the same time, it will improve my health.
If you are not familiar with the diet, it centers around food sensitivities and the fact that sometimes our favorite ‘healthy’ foods are actually making us fat. She suggests eliminating the 7 most highly sensitive foods for 21 days, and then slowly add them back in if they can be tolerated. Goodbye soy, dairy (my favorite protein bars), gluten/wheat, eggs, corn (tortilla chips), peanuts, sugar (chocolate – ugh) and artificial sweeteners.
Two weeks ago, I had decided to give up animal protein. I started eating soy, and within in a week I felt bloated and uncomfortable in my clothes. I know I wasn’t eating more food. Since then, I’ve invited the animals back in, but just until I can get myself regulated. There is a vegan version of the diet, and that will be a future phase for me.
I started The Virgin Diet yesterday and I’m going to blog about the progress here. Deep breaths. I’m putting myself on the line here. Yesterday was a struggle. I craved my whey protein bars and my chocolate. I still had a glass of wine, which I’m sure needs to be eliminated. I’ll do better today.