From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

Virgin Diet Finale

So today was my last day on the Virgin Diet.  According to the book it is now time for me to systematically add things back in.  I haven’t really decided if or how I am going to do this part of the program.  Let me back up and give you a short synopsis of my experience thus far.  I want to say up front that I was not perfect on this plan.  I had perfect days, but not all 21 of them.  What seemed to give me problems was the sugar.  I didn’t have any refined sugar, but I did have some leftover paleo treats that I had frozen after Christmas.  With that stated, let me tell you what changed for me over the course of the 21 days.  I started the plan really hoping to lose about 10 pounds.  That did not happen.  At best, I lost 2-3.  I only had 10 to lose to begin with and I was already eating primarily paleo, so this diet wasn’t grossly different from my regular eating.  However, I felt better.  I have been sleeping great, my *ahem* intimate life is better (more responsive), I have more energy and my skin looks great!  As a side note, I have started using the oil cleansing method and I love it.  Not sure how much of the great skin is due to the new skin care regime or the diet.  I suspect it is some of both.  I definitely think that dairy is a problem for me and I have no intention of adding it back in any time soon.  I am thinking maybe 3-6 months from now I might give it a trial.  Even though I was hoping that eggs were not a problem, I think they may be.  I am going to try adding them back in in very small increments- like in paleo mayo- but not eating huge amounts of eggs dishes.  We’ll see how that goes.   As for the gluten, corn and soy- bye bye forever.  The peanuts may still be an occasional treat.  I so love peanut butter and think I can handle it every once in a while as a treat.  The hardest part for me for sure was the sugar.  I am considering doing the 21 day sugar detox in February.  I’ll keep you posted if I do.

Here is the best thing that came from doing The Virgin Diet.  I finally feel like it is ok if I don’t lose this 10 pounds.  Let me say that one more time.  I don’t HAVE to lose this 10 pounds.  I gained this weight about a year and a half ago and have been trying to get it off ever since with no success.  Through this process I realized that eating healthy and feeling good are their own reward.  I’m tired of chasing after that number on the scale.  I will admit that I believed I looked better without the 10 pounds, but I feel better now.  I’m happy and energetic.  Optimistic and cheerful.  Joyful and (at times) a little randy!  So I don’t think I want to restrict calories and do cardio like a fiend to chase that number.  Turns out, I love reading. ( I knew this of course, but I hadn’t taken the time until the last couple of months).  And, I want to improve this blog.  My computer skills are woefully inadequate.  I want to cuddle with my kids and watch movies.  All things that would likely go undone if I felt like I needed to do more calorie counting and cardio. So….all in all….The Virgin Diet was a huge success:)

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The Virgin Diet

So based on a recommendation from a dear friend and health coach, I am going to do the Virgin Diet.  I have known for 2 years that I have a gluten allergy, but I have a strong feeling that I have other intolerances as well.  The plan calls for a 21 day elimination cycle and then a systematic reintroduction of the possibly offending foods.  Because of the holiday season and travel I am not going to start in earnest until December 26th.  That would put my finishing the elimination cycle on January 15th.  However, I am going to start the breakfast shake component tomorrow.  I am also going to try to eat the appropriate foods most meals until then, but I know I can’t be 100% until after Christmas so I don’t want to set myself up to fail!  Even though I am not really doing this to lose weight (although I could stand to drop a few) I will probably post a before and after weight just for the heck of it.  I know there are foods that aggravate my autoimmune conditions and I suspect they are dairy and eggs.  This program will give me some guidance for figuring that out.  My intent is to make short daily posts through this process about what is working, what is tough and just how I feel in general.

The 7 foods that I will be eliminating are:

1. gluten

2. corn

3. soy

4. sugar and artificial sweeteners

5. eggs

6. dairy

7. peanuts

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So I have been totally MIA….

Have you ever had one of those seasons where you are just so crazy busy, even if it is in a good way, that your eating starts to fall apart??  Well…that is where I am at today.  I have been CRAZY busy.  I am the new social director for my CrossFit gym and my first big event was last Saturday’s Halloween party.  It turned out so great.  I have also been in the process of planning the next 3 events that are coming up before the end of the year.  Another big time commitment has been with work.  I have several new light therapy clients, which is great, but it is time that I would normally have for other things.  Thirdly, we are fundraising for my daughter’s trip to Los Angeles to interview with talent agents. We are busy choreographing dances, learning monologues and organizing fundraisers.  Top it off with homeschooling 3 kids, trying to maintain a house and a marriage and that pretty much sums it up.

My dear friend and Coach Heather has turned me on to a new author, JJ Virgin.  I have ordered her new book, but it won’t be here until December.  I can’t wait until December.  I need to turn the tide now so I am going to spend the next 3 weeks implementing some of her concepts and see how it goes.  Her book is primarily about food intolerances and leaky gut, which I know I suffer from. NOt as badly as in the past, but still to some degree.  The first three foods she recommends eliminating (for 3 weeks) are gluten, dairy and eggs.  I am going to add in soy and sugar.  Gluten and soy are a non issue already because I do not consume them.  Dairy will be easy because I only eat it at restaurants so there will be very little to cut out.  Sugar and eggs however will be difficult.  I go without sugar for a while, but then as soon as I have it, I am right back on that roller coaster of highs and lows and INSANE cravings!  I feel there will be tears during this next 3 weeks.  And eggs, they are my staple breakfast food.  At one point, I would have said that I did not have a problem with eggs, and maybe I still don’t, but since going paleo 2  years ago I have consumed so many eggs that I think it is worth cutting them out to see what happens.  I am pledging now to check in here to let you guys know how my 21 days are going.  Once I get the book and learn the whole program I will probably do it again, but there’s no time like the present so here goes….