The Virgin Diet

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.

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8 Responses to The Virgin Diet

  1. Mary Chambers says:

    That sounds really tough, Marcy, but I know you, of all people, can do it!!! Good luck!

    • marcy says:

      Thanks Mary! I don’t normally do these things, but I still feel committed (or should I be committed?:). So, until or unless I don’t, I will move forward.

  2. Sharlene says:

    Ah, the 10 lb thing sounds oh so familiar. Thanks for sharing this – can’t wait to hear what you discover. btw – i laughed at how I cringed with the phrase “still eating animals.” Funny, how putting it that way has a different impact from “I still eat steak (or whatever)”

    • marcy says:

      So true. Keep checking back, I’m going to post this process as I go along. It’s a very interesting one – and the whole public accountability thing is actually keeping me on track.

  3. Kim says:

    Good luck with this. It won’t be easy eliminating everything all at once but it’s probably the quickest way to determine what is causing the issue. Please keep us posted on your progress.
    I have the same thing….weight can fluctuate 5 lbs in one day! It’s really frustrating.
    I’m thinking of eliminating gluten to see if that changes anything. I don’t like to eat meat so it would be really hard to eliminate soy, eggs and dairy all at once.

    • marcy says:

      There is a vegan version of this diet – and for me it’s step 2. I still am eating animals. Interestingly enough, it’s almost impossible to find chickens, organic or free range, that aren’t fed corn or grain. Keep in touch and let me know how you progress!

  4. Terry says:

    Good luck Marcy!! I know you can do it!!

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