The Virgin Diet

January 25, 2013 · 94 comments

Catchy title right? Author JJ Virgin explains how dropping 7 foods can help you lose 7 lbs in just 7 days in her new diet book, The Virgin Diet. I’m usually hesitant to review a diet book since many are boring, rarely groundbreaking or just plain against my own beliefs. After learning this book was about discovering your personal food intolerance, I was eager to give to it a look.

And since I was sent a copy, I made sure that one of you gets one too. Continue reading to see how you can win your own copy!

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Virgin, a 25-year veteran of the health and fitness industry, claims that common “diet” foods are actually what is causing you to gain weight and not be able to take it off and food intolerance is to blame. The 7 foods most likely to cause food intolerance (or high-FI foods as she calls them) are gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts and sugar and artificial sweeteners. While she doesn’t say these foods are off limits for everyone indefinitely, she suggests through listing symptoms that you may be intolerant to one or more of them and never have realized it before.

She goes into more details about why these high-FI foods can lead to weight gain, how to remove them from your diet, the false advertising behind such “healthy” foods as soy and non-fat dairy, why moderation will make you fat, how to maintain a healthy diet without high-FI foods and how to test which ones are particularly bad for your unique biological profile.

The Good:

I found this book to be so interesting that I couldn’t wait to read certain chapters and finished in record time. I believe that the author doesn’t think most of the above foods are necessarily bad for you but that due to how it gets put on our table is. From chickens being fed a soy diet to stripping the fat from dairy products and rGHB hormones fed to the cows, the food we eat today is drastically different from what we did 100 years ago. I found the studies to be so interesting and made me want to eat only free range, grass-fed animal products.

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The case against gluten, corn and peanuts is a whole other ball game placing blame basically on our government for not looking out for our well-being. I can live most easily without these three. As for sugar, I’m convinced I’m addicted and her chapter on it proved this is probably true however, I’m a healthy weight and an active individual. I’ll quit it when I’m ready and in my 20’s, I’m not ready. She does agree though that we are predisposed to certain tastes. Some of us have a sweet tooth and she agrees it can be genetic but says not to use that as an excuse. Instead, feed your sweet tooth with nut butters, fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate and even chocolate protein powder.

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There are some but not many recipes in the book. She wants you to use her favorite food suggestions and be creative. I like this approach but some people may not. The recipes do not include nutrition information as the diet is not about counting calories.

The Rest of The Book 

She asks the reader to eliminate the 7 foods for 21-days. No slip ups. This is all or nothing 21 day elimination phase! If you accidentally eat something like soy, she wants you to wait at least another 21 days before introducing it back into your diet. After the first phase, you slowly reintroduce one food group a week at a time to see if in fact you may be intolerant to it. The four foods you are allowed to reincorporate into your diet are soy, gluten, dairy and eggs. However, it’s not like it’s time to go binge on fro-yo the week you’re allowed to reintroduce dairy. You get to have one greek yogurt a day for 4 days. Then you eliminate it again for the next three to see how you feel. The following week, you keep dairy out again and this time try it with gluten. If you experience no symptoms, at the end of the 4 week phase 2, you can eat the foods during Phase 3 or rather… life. As for corn, peanuts and sugar she says to avoid it for the most part if you can indefinitely.

She is cool with xylitol and a little stevia as long as it’s mixed with xylitol. After after phase two, if you must have something like a cupcake, she says only have a max of three bites. She doesn’t mention chewing gum anywhere which makes me think it’s off-limits forever thanks to artificial sweetener.

She mentions alcohol is OK in the third phase, once in a celebratory moment. She also mentions not to juice carrots but never mentions any green juices or her thoughts on those. When it comes to being a vegan, she also suggests that it is not exactly the most healthy diet, but does cover how to do her diet if you are.

She recommends 3 meals a day with potentially one snack eating every 4-6 hours. I think this is a little long. She prefers no snack at all but understands if you are an early riser, it may be essential. I am a steadfast believer in the 4 pm snack.

My Takeaway

This is a great quick read for anyone that “eats healthy,” exercises and still cannot lose weight. It’s also a great book if you are like me and enjoy learning about nutrition sciences. I do wish it wasn’t such an all or nothing entry point to try out but if you think you may have one of the food sensitivities, it’s worth a shot. I really do think people are adversely effect by high-FI foods and never realize it. Some of the symptoms she includes are acne, food cravings, asthma, arthritis, ADD, depression, constipation, psoriasis, throat cleaning, gas, bloating and chronic mucus/stuffy nose.

Final Grade: B+

Have you discovered that a food intolerance was preventing you from losing weight? Do you think you might have a food intolerance? Well lucky you, since I got a free copy of the book so does one of you! Leave a comment below to be entered to win. Winner will be chosen and notified using Random.org on Tuesday January 29th at 9 am. 

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1 Trisha January 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

I have often wondered about intolerances.. But am too chicken to eliminate anything. I love my eggs, oats and stevia! I recently re added in yogurt a after a year no dairy. I missed it a ton and will avoid it when sick ( for mucus). But I do like it for protein. This book sounds like would give me great structure to minimize the fear! Thanks for the review!!! :-)

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2 Kim Perry January 25, 2013 at 9:57 am

Thank you Sarah!! I am new to your page and blog. I love it!! Love how you bottom line everything!! Kim

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3 Laurie ruyter January 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

This book sounds awesome! I’m interested in the was foods we do not tolerate affect our weight. I do have some food allergies and wonder if there are others I am not aware of. Thanks for sharing.

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4 Rae January 25, 2013 at 10:12 am

This book sounds very interesting!! I am always willing to learn about new theories, but I am often scared to eliminate some of my favorite foods. This plan is very intriguing though and I would definitely like to read more about it!

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5 Devan January 25, 2013 at 10:12 am

I actually just went to a psychic who told me that I had an intolerance to dairy, which I’ve given up since and its already made such a difference. Very excited to read this book!

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6 Sarah January 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

A psychic gave you medical advice? haha. That’s so weird but awesome at the same time. My trainer told me he thought I was too because I had acne at the time. It depends on the amount of lactose in the product for me. Greek yogurt and Laughing Cow don’t give me any weird side effects because they are low in it. To be honest, I’ve met a few people who are lactose intolerant and can eat laughing cow cheese!

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7 Devan January 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I know, it seems crazy! I eat greek yogurt everyday and haven’t stopped that. I’ve read though that greek yogurt has less lactose and the live cultures digest the lactose for you so that may be why. I’ve switched out skim milk to almond milk for my coffee and the cheese now is the only thing I miss! I have definitely been losing weight faster since giving it up though, so I guess its worth sticking it out.

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8 Lisa January 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

I am looking forward to reading this! It sounds very interesting! I would like to lose 10-15 lbs (I am 5″3, 140 lbs) have been working out3-4 days a week, calorie counting, etc and still can’t lose weight. Very frustrating. Wondering if there is an intolerance somewhere I don’t know about! Sounds like something worth looking into…

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9 Becky @ Olives n Wine January 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

This sounds like an interesting read! I’ve always wondered if I have a food intolerance, I already know that I have one to caffeine (sad!).

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10 Molls January 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

An interesting approach. I’m definitely interested in learning more….I just began investigating food intolerance and did find a difference (lost some fat) after eliminating dairy.

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11 Tara January 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

This book sounds really interesting and I would love to give it a try!

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12 Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl January 25, 2013 at 10:34 am

The book definitely sounds like a good read with some good tips. Sometimes I wonder if I have a food intolerance to Gluten. I know I’m lactose intolerant..in a bad way. I’ve noticed that after I eat certain foods I always feel bad so I’ve started to avoid those but I’m like others and too chicken to completely eliminate anything from my diet. Not to mention, I’m a picky eater as it is and taking stuff away would leave me with barely anything I would want to eat.

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13 Emily January 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

That is so interesting, I am in the process of trying to eliminate dairy from my diet (suggested by my DR based on an ambiguous stomach issue) and it seems to be helping, but I’ve had a couple of slip ups cooking with regular milk (chicken pot pie whoops) and I am so used to eating dairy products you don’t even realize some of the most common foods have dairy. It’s definitely been a struggle just to eliminate 1 of those I don’t know if I could do all of them at this point. Early 20s and living with my boyfriend make it so hard to readjust my diet.

Thanks for all your insight to this book! I definitely look forward to picking it up!

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14 Ilana January 25, 2013 at 10:47 am

I am definitely interested in reading this book! I eliminated gluten a month ago after speaking to my doctor about horrible headaches and worsening anxiety and depression. I’m not sure if I am actually intolerant or just feel better because I am now eating very clean, but I’d like to acquire new and different perspectives through this great read. Thanks Sarah!

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15 Nic January 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

I’m so confused by her wording on the milk study. “as opposed to higher fat dairy products”

I’m assuming the study compared kids who drank skim or 1% milk and didn’t consume higher fat dairy products and it concluded that out of that number, the kids who drank more servings a day of skim or 1% milk were more prone to becoming overweight?

I’m curious out of 12,829 kids how many that would actually be.

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16 Sarah January 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm

No. The study compared kids who drank 3+ cups a day of milk to kids who didn’t. They noted if it was skim, low fat or whole. The whole fat kids didn’t have the same result as the kids who drank the low fat or skim.

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17 Elle January 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

I really do believe that diets like “Paelo” are probably how we as humans are “supposed” to eat, so that we’ve developed reactions to foods based on going against nature.

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18 Sara D January 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

I am just finishing up my second Whole30 so this seems a bit similar. Sounds like an interesting read!

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19 Sarah January 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

This diet allows grains and legumes but does not allow eggs.

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20 Jen January 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

As a registered dietician to be, I’m absolutely interested in this book! I read books like this for fun all the time :).

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21 Lindsay January 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

I’d be interested in reading this book! Sounds like it has some informative stuff … not that I’d want to give up all those foods!!!

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22 Mary Kate B. January 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

I’ve heard so much about this book! It sounds like a great read–I’m always looking to see how to improve energy levels and feel better throughout the day. Great review!

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23 Carrie January 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

I too think I am addicted to sugar. I was actually just reading about a 21 day sugar detox. I just don’t know if I have the will power to eliminate fruit for 21 days. It’s def something to think about. This book also sounds very informative and seems like it would be very beneficial! I am a huge fan of yours Sarah! I check daily for new posts :)

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24 Rachel @ LouLouBelleBlog.com January 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

I recently heard about this book from when Dr. Virgin was on the Rachael Ray show. She was creating a breakfast smoothie with Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder. I swear by that stuff!

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25 Michele January 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

That sounds like a really interesting read. It seems like it would be really hard to eliminate all 7 of those items from your diet, but I would love to see how she does it.

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26 Kate Bernard January 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

Pick me, Pick me! I am on a clean eating kick and although I think I’m eating better….I’m sure there is room for improvement!

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27 Hannah January 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

I’m very interested in this book. As a RD I know a lot about food and what a mess our food system is here in America! I firmly believe people can have intolerances so I would absolutely like to hear Virgin’s take on how to do an elimination diet!

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28 Beth January 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I like some of the things she has to say from what your review covered, especially about corn. I stay away from corn, its really not that great for you!

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29 Allison January 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I would love to read this book! I have had trouble losing weight in the past despite calorie counting and exercise, maybe my difficulties are specific food related?

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30 Jan-Marie January 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’ve successfully lost 90 pounds over the past year but have plateaued at 185 pounds. I think this book could be the jump start I need to lose these last 20-30 pounds!

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31 amanda January 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

This book sounds so interesting! I found out I have a gluten intolerance and have also eliminated most soy and milk (but not cheese) from my diet. Would love to learn more about this elimination diet!

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32 Rachel @ painfreekitchen January 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hm like another commenter mentioned, this sounds a lot like the book “It Starts With Food.” It’s the book that explains the Whole30, a 30 elimination diet. I’m on say 25 now and have been blogging about it. If you haven’t read the book yet, I highly recommend you pick it up. I got mine at the local library. They really go into the science behind how food affects your body. It’s not just about losing weight, but about healing your gut from foods that you have an intolerance to.

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33 Sarah January 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Interesting. I will have to check that one out as well since I enjoyed this one so much.

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34 Cassie January 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I don’t know of any personal food intolerances but I think the subject is definitely important and worth reading up on/checking out. Very interesting subject!

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35 Roni January 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Hi Sarah! Knowlege is power!! So the more knowledge we have about our bodies, food, etc. the better equipped we’ll be to lead healthier lives. If we’re exercising, eating healthy, this would be another tool to tuck into our tool belt to keep building better bodies!

I did get a chuckle out of the gal who wrote, “Pick me! Pick me!”. I feel the same way!!! Me! Me! Me! Giggles!

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36 Christina January 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Hi Sarah,
I don’t know that it has had a huge effect on my weight, but cutting out dairy has really made a difference with my skin. I have struggled with acne throughout my teens and into my 20s and it never occurred to me it had anything to do with diet…but wow wish I knew sooner!

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37 Inna January 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thank you Sarah for your interesting blog.

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38 Sara January 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I have often wondered if I have an intolerance and while I don’t eat much dairy already, I still eat a lot of the other FIs and have many of the symptoms. It would be hard to give up those things I love but if it turned out I had an intolerance, it would be so worth it! Sounds like a good read!

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39 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

One diet booked that I have kinda read through is the Jorge Cruise Belly fat Diet book…pretty good info.. I like to read these kind of books to get a feel of different ways to eat :)

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40 katie January 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I have had acne for about 15 years now and have tried every acne treatment ever. Including accutane. Nothing helped. This past year someone mentioned giving up gluten, so I have been, on and off. It has helped a lot! I still get some breakouts but not as bad. I am considering giving up dairy or something else that could be still causing the acne flare ups, but I firmly believe it has something to do with food and would love to read a book like this one.

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41 Danielle Z January 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Eliminating foods from my diet is definitely a challenge that is hard yet usually rewarding. Your mind thinks it NEEDS something in order to be healthy but in actuality you could be wrong and end up gaining some great benefits…it’s interesting. I’m intrigued by this book and would love to read it!!

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42 Mia January 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I have definitely suspected intolerances to these toted “diet foods” that I depend on ie. dairy, eggs, peanut butter. I would love to read this book to learn more, I think I would really benefit from it and may be just what I need.

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43 Emily January 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I definitely wonder about gluten and dairy.. I’ve been doing gluten-free for a while now and feel SO much better. I may still be in denial though over the possibility of a dairy intolerance… the thought of life without my 1x/week sugar-free froyo fix :( It is so good, but I think really messes with my stomach.

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44 Lisa January 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I actually struggled with a 15 pound weight gain that I could not get off for 2 years! I ate 1400 calories a day and worked out NON STOP. I decided just to cut out wheat and dairy to see what happened and within 2 weeks I lost 10 pounds. Turns out I had a gluten allergy and a sensitivity to dairy!

I NEED THIS BOOK!!

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45 Kari January 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Dairy I have tried to eliminate for acne reasons, and you can get calcium and Vit D from plant sources. But I love yogurt and it’s probiotic benefits so I don’t think I could ever quit eating that.

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46 Leah January 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds really interesting. I will definitely have to look into it!

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47 Shannon January 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I am actually planning on doing an elimination diet in the next few weeks, as I believe I am intolerant of gluten and dairy. Not to mention all of the sugar that has be me beat. This book looks really interesting, I’ll definitely read it before I start kicking foods out!

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48 Molly January 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I’ve been wanting to read this book! Thank you for explaining/reviewing it. I sounds so interesting!

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49 Kristin January 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I don’t usually pick up diet books but I’m really struggling to lose these last 15 pounds so I would love to check out The Virgin Diet.

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50 Christine January 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm

This sounds similar to the CLEAN program- which totally changed the entire way I look at food (and helped me diagnose what Dr’s couldn’t- a pretty bad gluten intolerance). I would highly recommend it. I would love to check this out to understand the sugar correlation- I also suffer from a severe sweet tooth!

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51 karlena January 26, 2013 at 12:46 am

i’ve been gluten free for 7 years as i was diagnosed with celiac. it’s tough reading about all the different theories as they all seem in complete opposition. when i cut out gluten i gained a substantial amount of weight, as i had not been absorbing nutrients for so long! i really appreciate the information though, and despite being GF i could definitely do with cutting out some sugar…

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52 Mara January 26, 2013 at 9:05 am

I do think I definitely have intolerances to some food. This book may help determine them for me. Looks very interesting.

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53 Blair January 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

This book sounds great! Good timing too – I’ve been consistently good about working up and changing my routine…I also eat well, but I do incorporate diary, eggs and soy into it. I just started thinking recently that those items (among others) might be causing me to have digestive issues and not lose weight when I feel like I should be. This book sounds like it would be great with guiding me on the path to better understanding what bothers me and what doesn’t!

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54 Linda January 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm

When my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease and went gluten free he gained 25 lbs and all he did was eliminate gluten so I’m a bit sceptical. It sounds good but??

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55 Alicyn January 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I recently have been thinking more about food intolerance. I have wanted to go to an integrated medical doctor to help me explore this more as I have noticed that my body reacts to some foods. This book sounds really interesting.

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56 Vanessa January 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Yes! What an interesting book! For myself I’ve eliminated yogurt and keep milk to a minimum. Although yogurt is claimed to be good for digestion…not for me lol.

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57 Kelly January 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

This book sounds interesting! I would love to read it and possibly give it a try!

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58 maria January 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Wow! I never knew that people could be intolerant to stevia! I guess stevia was a little to good to be true. However, I don’t think that I have any problems with it.

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59 Lauren January 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Thanks for sharing! 1 year ago I found out I have a preety bad gluten intolerance (fatigue, stomach distress, and extreme anemia) after countless tests, it was crazy how just changing my diet around made such a difference. i do question if i may have a dairy intolerance as well. being in my mid-20s and STILL having cystic acne is so frustrating and the only thing i haven’t tried yet is dairy elimination. Thanks, Sarah!

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60 Nelly January 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

I am always interested in learning about different food philosophies!

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61 Jess January 27, 2013 at 7:37 am

Great review!!!

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62 kim January 27, 2013 at 8:47 am

Great review! Thanks for the fantastic analysis and detailed description. I’m not sure I could stick to something like this, I believe in eating clean and healthy, not dieting. When i Begin putting a bigger focus on the ‘can nots’ rather than the good things that are essential for a healthy life style it triggers negativity and feelings of depervation. I agree that this sounds like something very interesting to read and I would love to learn about my own personal intolerances. Thanks Sarah, as always you’re super inspiring and informative :)

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63 Josie January 27, 2013 at 9:29 am

Thanks sarah, for another great book.

because of you i bought the clean diet book by tosca reno, which taught me alot.
with your honest opinion you never let us down :)

hopefully i win this one, cheers josie

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64 Carrie January 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

You are so inspirational!

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65 AnnMarie January 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

She was on a late night PBS special introducing this. I fell asleep and would love to learn more about this. I think I may have a dairy intolerance and I love sugar way too much :)

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66 nicole berthelette January 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hi sarah,

i’ve been breaking out in to cystic acne, so gross i eliminated dairy as i read that it can increase hormonal acne, since then im acne free!! amazing yay!!!

but i miss greek yogurt so much :(

yours in health,

nicole

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67 Katelyn January 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm

This sounds interesting, but I’m a bit skeptical (as with most ‘new’ diets and books). But I’m still curious because I have minor digestive issues and struggle with acne, so could is possibly be an intolerance…? I’d like to find out!

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68 Liz January 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Interesting concept-would love to read!

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69 Grace January 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Great review.

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70 hannah January 28, 2013 at 2:52 am

Sarah, have you ever heard of oil pulling? I just heard about it today, I’m not sure how I feel about it yet though. But id love to know what your thoughts are on it! maybe you could do a review or something on it.

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71 Erin January 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

I”m sure I have a food intolerence but haven’t had the will power to really try and take those things out of my diet for a while. But I, too, love reading about food science and would love to read this book!

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72 Jill January 28, 2013 at 9:11 am

Hi, I want to read this book SO SO badly! I’m wondering if its worth it to download on my kobo (Its 12.99….yipes and I have major financial lows ..thoughts?). I know (know) I need to cut out dairy and eggs…but have failed (I’m addicted). I’m also kind of lower weight, so its tricky…how do you think it would work for me? What are the meal plans like cause I’m not a huge fan of grains and beans….
I’ve also read the newest book “The Plan” by Lyn Genet….kinda a similar philosophy..you might like!!!! I like to read the different ones to gather a WIDE range of info and ideas rather than thinking “oh this is the only way”…
anyway, would LOVE to win this and THANKS for only requesting a comment and not a million FB, twiiter entries (I’m not on those). Super great giveaway and HOPINg I win…but in meantime, let me know your thoughts: (meal plans given? okay if lower weight but desperately needing to fix digestion? and worth buying?). Thanks!!!

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73 Sara January 28, 2013 at 9:51 am

Wow, I really think I have a food allergy…I dont’ know what too though. I’ve always had acne and realize that an allergy could also be to blame for my stuffy nose (no other sick symptoms) and bloating. Could it also haev something to do with fine/thin hair? I used to haev a full head of beautiful thick hair.

I’d love a chance to win!

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74 Rebecca January 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

My sister has been finding out she has some food intolerances, I am wondering if I might have some also!! I find this very interesting and would love to read more! Thanks for the review!

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75 Ciara January 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I’m very interested in checking out this book. I’ve found that most nutrition books are very lackluster, recycling old information that, sometimes, is not that accurate to begin with. The best nutrition book that I’ve read thus far is The Beauty Detox Solution by Kim Snyder. It’s the one nutrition book that I’ve read, amongst many, that truly outlines my beliefs concerning nutrition. BTW, love your blog, Sarah. I’ve just taken up Pure Barre at the Burlington location. After one month of classes, I am loving it! Jessica is awesome. Such a great spirit.

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76 Catherine January 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This book looks great. I sometimes get an upset stomach, for no apparent reason, and have often wondered if it is due to a food intolerance. This system seems like a great way to get to the bottom of what I should or shouldn’t be eating.

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77 Francesca January 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thanks for the review. I did a cleanse with a naturopath for one month awhile back and it had no gluten or dairy. I remember feeling no bloating after only 3 days (I did it for 30 days). so there is definitly some intolerance to both items. would love to read up on the rest of the science in this book!

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78 Nathan February 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I have not yet completed a 21 day cycle from the book, but have lost 15 pounds (180 down to 164.5 in a month) Also my wife has gone a whole month with no cystic acne. (no dairy I’d say) This idea/book is worth every penny! I cheated with a piece of pizza yesterday and I got severe stomach cramps, BAD BAD me! Definitely a good diagnostic starting point. Hard to not cheat, they put bad stuff in EVERYTHING. Each time you cheat you gotta start over.

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79 Jemma February 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

Very interesting. Would love to try out this diet.

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80 John February 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Sounds like an interesting book – thank you for the review. I’ve often thought that the US Govt RDA & food tables are part of the reason that America has gained so much weight. I’d be interested in reading this book, along with other nutrition science books, to see what I can do to make simple changes in diet that will help me lead a healthier life.

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81 Nancy Paschal February 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I have been on Weight Watchers for 2 years and have lost 55 lbs. I have been stuck at 155 since last June! The last five pounds have been impossible to lose! I also started running 21 months ago. I would love a free copy of this book. A co=worker has lost 30 lbs in a month on it!!

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82 Vickie February 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Reading it right now.

I am already a vegan and gluten free, but wonder if a few more things out of my life would make an even bigger impact.

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83 Sheila S March 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I’m a 53 year old perimenopausal woman. I recently gained 10 pounds in the last 2 months and my habits haven’t changed. So a few weeks ago I started to research some of the lifestyle plans/diets I’ve been hearing about. I’ve been looking at the Paleo/Primal style of eating, I’ve been researching Gary Taubb’s ideas in Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It, I’ve been looking into Mark Hyman’s The Blood Sugar Solution and just last night as I was flipping through the channels I caught J.J. Virgin on PBS.

It is impossible to incorporate everyone’s advice into one plan because you would be left with nothing left to eat but non-starchy vegetables and some fruits. However, every single one of these lifestyle changes do share a commonality. They all advise completely removing gluten and sugar from your diet and they all present compelling evidence as to why this is nearly non-negotiable. They all advise adding more coconut based products into your diet as well.

I haven’t quite figured out how to incorporate all this information into a lifestyle change that will work for me, but I do know from now on I will be as sugar and gluten free as possible. I do plan to give 21 days to Ms. Virgin. Perhaps it will help with my recent weight gain and some of the joint pain I’ve been experiencing as I get older.

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84 Jo McMorine March 13, 2013 at 1:54 am

Interesting concept! I have been low carb/low sugar/low fat for almost 5 years now…and last year dropped dairy (well…except for my sugarfree Coffeemate for my morning coffee). On a lark, I added white cheeses and Kroger’s Carbmaster yogurt back in at the start of this year….turned out to be a rather bad idea. Cheese is once again off the shopping list, and the Carbmaster yogurt now and then seems okay. I do not eat bread anymore, and potatoes are a once in a blue moon thing.

I have learned, after losing 102 pounds, that keeping the weight off is truly harder than losing it. I have also learned that certain foods do not work well for me and I have dropped them as well. No hardships here, if I CHOOSE a special treat, then I “prepare” for the additional calories and do my best to make good decisions.

The Virgin Diet has some different ideas. Nor sure I could do 21 days…but I am sure there are some ideas that I can utilize effectively.

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85 Wyldflower April 1, 2013 at 2:41 am

I just saw your show on KTBS TV and I know everything you said is true. You have motavted me to do the 3 week plan. I have joint pain in one knee, a rash around my eyes and fatigue, fitful sleep & indigestion problems and am overweight. I will report back at the end of the three weeks. I expect all of my symptoms will be resolved. Thanks for your inspiration and even thought I knew the information you gave, you put it together in a very comprehensible & concise way.

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86 Carol Newnum April 4, 2013 at 3:10 pm

A friend of mine told me about this diet/lifestyle change. I was stuck in the bathroom with gas, bloating, diarrhea etc, AGAIN. If this plan works for me so I won’t be overweight and sick all the time then I give it a thumbs up.

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87 Barry July 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

For me, the pluses are hte shakes, so easy to use. The downsides… Nearly everything else – I miss it!!!

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88 SAMANTHA July 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

MY MOM RECENTLY PURCHASED THIS BOOK FOR ME AND COSTCO, I AM SOME WHAT OF A SLOW READER..BUT I FEEL MY BIGGEST ISSUE WOULD BE FINDING A FORM OF CORN AND SOY IN ALMOST EVERYTHING THATS PACKAGED! EVEN “HEALTHY” PACKAGED FOODS….

I DO HAVE ALMOST ALL THE SYPTOMS SHE NAMES..

IM EXCITED TO KEEP READING AND TRY THIS OUT…

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89 deborah August 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I started the Wheat Belly ‘way of eating’ bout 7 months ago..so no wheat for 7 months…and i’ve been really watching my carb intake…BUT, the problem is..there’s been very little weight loss….Yes i’ve been eating a lot of meat proteins, eggs, and cheese, and mayo n stuff like that , making my own buns and bread with Almond flour… because its low carb foods….right? and, still no weight loss! Which gets SO discouraging!! ( But i know i also need to increase my exercise program.)..SO..i was thinking, when i read about the Virgin Diet, maybe ..just maybe..dairy or eggs is my problem…never woulda thunk it! Its low carb! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to know more about this test!

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90 Amy August 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT ON YOUR COMMENT THAT SHE DOESNT TALK ABOUT GREEN JUICES…SHE DOES ON PAGE ON PAGE 253. She justs Wants you to watch for hidden ingredients. I have neen doing this elimination for 4 days. I have had a lot of stomache issues and I alreaxy feel so much better. My sister recommended it because it solved hers. Been reading this book over and over….of course healthier food but I have already lost 5 lbs AND almost 2 inches of my stomache…lost all over actually. I can’t wait for the final results.

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91 Bob November 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I just spent an hour talking to a lady named Carolyn who is on this diet with a friend. Her friend discovered that she when she eats eggs it causes her to ache everywhere from her arthritis very bad. She found this out when she reintroduced it in her diet. Was feeling great before the eggs and after starting diet.

Carolyn, herself says she is feeling great with much more energy than she had before she started the diet. They are in the reintroducing faze at the moment. She is obviously a strong believer in it and says the food tastes better also.

I’m just starting to investigate it myself, but sounds interesting.

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92 Anita February 2, 2014 at 5:58 am

Thank you Sarah, A great summary, interesting but nothing much new. I am going to give it a try as I find losing weight challenging.

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93 marie May 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

Actually, JJ does mention green juicing and the benefits if you keep it to the lowest of GI veggies. You might not find this in the book but it is mentioned on her website. This is what bothered me most about the book; the lack of specifics needed to follow the plan. For instance, her shopping list says to buy fruits like “apples and berries and other low GI fruits” yet nowhere in the book can you find a specific list. You have to go to her website and request the information. I was forwarded a supplement to the book with more specific guidelines.To be honest with you, who needs this?
On the up side; Ive been on this diet for 5 days and have dropped 3.5 pounds. Compared with the 6 pounds i have lost as a Weight Watcher member over the past 3 months, I am totally sold on The Virgin Diet.

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