Over the past week my wife and I have been doing The Virgin Diet. As a guy this sounds…odd. Well at least it does for me. Any how that’s not the point of this post.
The Virgin Diet is about finding out which foods your allergic to or have a low tolerance to. The author’s theory, JJ Virgin (this the name of the diet) is that weight loss is hindered (stopped perhaps?) by people eating what they think are healthy foods and while they maybe healthly they are actually very allergenic to what’s in them. These are things like gluten, dairy, soy etc. There’s 7 of them that she focuses on. It’s a three stage diet.
- Stage 1 – 21 days to purge your body of these allergens.
- Stage 2 -4 weeks to find out what you are allergic to. You do this by adding an allergenic food back into the diet for a little bit (4 days I believe)
- Stage 3 – Living the good life…or something like that!
So as of yesterday we had completed the first stage. I won’t say it was easy, but compared to some other diets I found it rather easy. There are cravings, lustings perhaps, for food that you used to eat but you’ll soon get over them. I got of them on about day 4 or so. I’d like to say that I could tell right away that some of my previous symptoms were gone at that time, but I really can’t say that because I’ve been fighting a cold. What I can tell you is that when I wake up I’m not dragging my ass out of bed to get the coffee maker working pronto. I’m fairly alert and I haven’t had coffee (a few sips as the creamer we like is not on the approved list!) for over a week. Oh and the kicker…I’m down nearly 8 lbs in 8 days. Not bad eh?
It’s a challenge I won’t deny that and I’m not sure what we’ll do after the first 2 stages, but I’ve got some pretty bad symptoms of allergies that I want to try and solve once and for all. So we’ll go through both of the stages and see what we find out. i’m predicting I’m allergic to gluten or wheat…those also happen to be some of my favorite things to eat!
Have you done or experienced anything like this to find out if you are allergic to anything?