I’m starting the Virgin Diet based on the book of the same name by author and nutrition specialist JJ Virgin. My husband, D, suggested a blog to keep track of any observations, results, and effects of the diet.

The Virgin Diet is based on the idea that subtle food intolerances can go unnoticed and contribute to weight gain, skin problems, mood changes, and a whole host of other problems (check out the list below).


For 21 days, you eliminate the seven foods from your diet that are most likely to cause problems:

Gluten (sort of a bummer)

Dairy (noooooooooooooooo!)

Soy (no biggie)

Corn (annoyed that it’s in everything, but won’t miss it)

Peanuts (meh)

Eggs (will miss them moderately)

Sugar (nooooooooooooooo!)

After 21 days, you reintroduce some of the foods (the others you more or less eliminate indefinitely) to see how your body reacts and determine whether you have an intolerance.  (side note: There’s another good book very similar to this one based on the Paleo diet called It Starts with Food. Differences in what you can/can’t eat compared to the Virgin Diet- eggs are fine, but no legumes or gluten-free grains like oats, quinoa and brown rice. I really enjoyed reading both books. This is starting to sound like The Reading Rainbow. “Do you like reading? Do you like healthy food? Well then you should check out It Starts with Food!”)

I’m making a few modifications on the diet as prescribed in the book. Artificial/alternative sweeteners in general are not allowed on this diet, with the exception of stevia and xylitol. After a little bit of reading, I think xylitol seems a little iffy, and stevia as it’s processed doesn’t seem quite as natural as it has been advertised. The Virgin Diet also allows coffee, but I think caffeine is not agreeing with me these days. (no coffee and no dairy…I may weep)

I’m interested to see what happens. This is gonna be a long month… =)