Many people struggle with their weight; I for one am one of those people. When I was in grade school, I started to notice weight gain. Before, I was a petite little girl. I never had the healthiest diet growing up. My mom would make home cooked meals with a lot of starches. I also did not make the best food choices. Today, those are the foods I still tend to crave. We sometimes eat foods that we think are healthy, and may just be harmful for what our body can tolerate. So let me take you on a little journey on what has worked best for me.
How It Began..
A few years ago, I started to have stomach issues, an increase in weight gain, bloating, headaches, brain fog, and feelings of fatigue. My main symptom would hit me about midnight with gastric issues. I wasn’t sure what was causing it. What I didn’t know is that it was something I was eating. I went to the doctor and had blood work, a CT scan, and an ultrasound of my organs to rule out any medical issues. Everything came back normal. I still had no answers. Then, I ran across a book called “The Virgin Diet”. It totally changed my life. Foods I thought were healthy were not for me at the time.
About The Virgin Diet
Let me tell you a little bit about The Virgin Diet. Basically, you take away 7 different types of foods for 3 weeks, which may be causing food intolerance. Then, you re-introduce 4 of the 7 back into your diet to see what foods trigger the food intolerance. Food intolerance is different from allergies. Food intolerance symptoms may vary from person to person.
The most common symptoms of food intolerance are:
- Mental Fog
- Weight Gain
The 7 foods include, sugar (including artificial), peanuts, corn, gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs. I know…you’re probably thinking, “What CAN I eat?” You basically go to foods which don’t contain junk, like fresh vegetables, fruits that are low in sugar, fish, and grass fed meat. There are many other options, and the book has many examples. Corn, sugar, and peanuts are the foods which you want to keep out of your diet 95% of the time. These 3 foods can cause the most reaction.
The 4 types of food you add back into your diet after 3 weeks are gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs. You introduce one each week for 4 days and then you go back to dropping all 7 for the next three days. If any symptoms occur while you are testing them, you can stop those foods immediately, as your body has a sensitivity o that type of food. Gluten are soy are also two types of food you want to also keep out of your diet 95% of the time, even if your body was able to tolerate them. These are not good for you. Dairy and eggs are the lesser of the seven evils, but you still want to only add them in every other day, instead of every day.
If you have any type of autoimmune disease, you want to always stay away from gluten, soy, and dairy. These three can cause inflammation throughout your body and sometimes mocking other “diagnosis” like Fibromyalgia. This is why it is important to pull these foods from your diet and pay close attention to what is happening to your body. It is necessary to write down what you eat daily. Your water intake is also very important.
Briefly, let me tel you about how things are going as I am currently testing my 7 foods. My first week, I lost 7 lbs and 2 inches from my waist. After 3 weeks, I lost a total of 10 lbs and 4 inches from my waist! I also lost inches from my hips and chest, but I won’t go into detail. If you lose excessive weight or inches, like I did in my first week, it is a sure sign that something you are eating is causing the weight gain and bloating, among other things.
After the first three weeks, i chose to test my dairy. My first day, I had tested organic mozzarella cheese and started to feel my stomach tighten and I had discomfort. I decided to try the next day and test organic cottage cheese. My symptoms worsened as I noticed increased bloating and 1 inch increase around my waist, even though I did not gain weight. I decided to stop after 2 days. No need to be miserable for the rest of the week. A few days after I stopped, the symptoms also stopped. Now I am off to test my gluten tomorrow. After gluten, I will test eggs and then soy.
Retest, Retest, Retest!
It is important to retest every 90 days or so, because what your body can’t tolerate at this time you may be able to tolerate in a few months after you give it a rest. Same is true the other way. The next time you test, these foods may react differently.
The Virgin Diet teaches you what food is causing food intolerance and how to eat correctly to become healthy. This is a life style change and is manageable. If you decide to try the Virgin Diet and your body does not respond to it and you’re still having symptoms, it is important to see your doctor. As always, before starting any diet, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor prior. I hope someone found this helpful!
For more information on The Virgin Diet, check out the book!
Blogger: Katrina Braham, PTA