I used to say, “I’ve been diagnosed…” I simply could not wrap my head around this fibromyalgia thing. Turns out for good reason.
I actually had a full psychological evaluation (psych eval) because my symptoms were varied, very real to me and continuous for years. I figured if I was crazy, my aches and pains could feel real in my own mind without having an organic reason. So with some trepidation I had my mind tested. Let’s be real here, I did think there was a possibility I was nuts so I was a tad concerned going into the test.
The outcome: I was quite sane and I quote the psychologist when she told me, “Carol, you’re not crazy, now take these results and show the doctors so they can find out what is really wrong with you.”
They never did though, thus the diagnosis, fibromyalgia.
I will recap the foods Dr. Virgin says many people may be intolerant to as the list for eliminating the possible offending foods is something you have to dig for in Virgin’s book so here’s your quick guide once again (remembering intolerance is not the same as a food allergy):
Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
[Please see my previous blogs about my progress on this diet for the backstory
Part I The Skinny On The Virgin Diet http://www.carolspieceofmind.com/1/post/2013/03/the-skinny-on-the-virgin-diet.html#.UWbeyhk5uo0
Part II http://www.carolspieceofmind.com/1/post/2013/03/the-skinny-on-the-virgin-diet-part-ii.html#.UWbe9hk5uo0 ]
I started this diet January 22, 2013. I restarted the first phase twice since that time – due to the fact that I had some hidden sugars, soy and dairy in some of the foods I ate and Virgin says you have to really eliminate these foods entirely for 21 full days or you may get a false result when you reintroduce.
Restarting this diet has been a breeze, as I probably will remain forever eliminating all seven of what she calls the High F-I foods (while I may on a rare occasion have one or more on that list, never again on a daily basis).
Why did I even investigate something so bizarrely called “The Virgin Diet?”
I was miserable, sick, felt much older than my 55 years, bloated, overweight, allergies in high gear, constant headaches and ready to ask my doctor for my fifth dose of steroids as that was the only time I felt even close to what a normal person would feel like. Oh and did I mention such terrible “brain fog” I was also going to have myself tested for Alzheimer’s disease?
Now, as I write this, well into April – I can tell you I haven’t lost weight. So that is the only part of the diet that isn’t working for me. I promised to be very honest with my progress, so there it is. I have written the Virgin Diet people and I apparently am “weight loss resistant” – yep – that would be me – stubborn about so many things…I was led by a very friendly customer service rep to a page-link with possible causes but that didn’t quite explain it for me.
I could pay for “coaching.” There was no pressure to do so, but they definitely offered that. So while I technically can afford that. I’m not going to do that at this juncture. Why? Because I feel so great, so fantastic, clarity has come back to my mind (I’m still a bit of a ditz but that’s part of my normal charm…), I have energy, no more aches, the only bloating and stomach issues I have are with reintroduction (more on that in a later blog). I feel amazing!
I will advise this again. Get her book "The Virgin Diet". It’s like a college course, you need to read it and refer to it often to make this a success and reread constantly.
Exercise. I know, I know! If you’ve started this diet due to symptoms like Virgin lists in her book, then even the thought of exercise is painful. However, while I can say to you I have not lost weight, I have lost inches. I am back into my size six designer jeans (a tad snug, but back into them all the same) because I am exercising. My arms are toned and slim – my tummy – not so much – and my thighs could definitely use some work, but my shape is certainly better than before and moderate exercise is definitely the reason.
Trust me on this – even if you ache – use Leslie Sansone’e “Walk Away the Pounds” DVD’s or stream her exercises. Even the worst klutz (me) can follow her basic moves that she repeats over and over and revises but very simply. I cannot follow anyone else aerobically without frustration anyway and most importantly, her warm ups are fantastic. She has you exercising while you warm up and what starts out as hurting all of a sudden doesn’t hurt any more and then you’re well into walking away the pounds.
I also am supplementing with Juice Plus. Virgin has her own shakes (I couldn’t use them – they gave me stomach problems) packed with vitamins, but I found the Juice Plus system to be fantastic and since it’s actually whole foods, I don’t have to worry so much about conflicts with medications or other such matters and I believe this has enhanced my health a great deal.
Alright – so why don’t I care so much about not losing the expected boat-load of weight so many have testified to on this diet? Virgin lists symptoms and I had so many of them that it would be shorter to tell you what I didn’t suffer from prior to The Virgin Diet than the other way around. The symptoms listed below as a recap are all gone within one week of being on The Virgin Diet:
Acne/rosacea (I have been saying for years, wrinkles and acne?! Really?!)
Asthma (YES – I have been diagnosed with asthma and had to use what I call a “puffer” but not any more!)
Chronic mucus/stuffy nose
Constipation and/or diarrhea
Dark Circles under the eyes (and puffiness)
Gas and bloating
Joint pain (all over my entire body)
Moodiness (I’m still a tad cranky but I definitely feel much better)
I don’t give a fig I haven’t lost the seven pounds in seven days and the promise of more weight loss in subsequent days on the diet. Every one of those symptoms above are either gone entirely or greatly diminished. I’ll even go so far as to say my thinning hair stopped falling out and has gotten shine back! Something Virgin doesn’t emphasize. I do believe that is in large part due to The Virgin Diet and Juice Plus.
I have started the reintroduction phase of the diet and so far eggs are never going to be a regular staple in my diet as many of the symptoms above came right back. It was shocking to know because I used to have an egg every day, but in phase two you reintroduce three days and sure enough – by day three eggs are a no-no for me!
So this crazy-named diet is not a diet for me (per se) but an actual life-style change and I’m more certain of it with each passing day.
More on my progress in a future blog.
That’s my piece for today!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I cannot dispense medical advice. I have no certifications in health or anything related. This is merely the true experience of someone who has tried the J.J. Virgin Diet. So any suggestions I make are merely that, suggestions. Always check with your doctor before trying any supplements or going on any diet.
Also, I receive nothing from The Virgin Diet people or Juice Plus people for blogging about them.