This diet eliminates seven food items (gluten, peanuts, soy, dairy, eggs, sugar and corn) that most people have sensitivities to and therefore their bodies attack them like toxins, all of which may cause weight retention.
It's call "break free" because we may be addicted to foods bad for our particular systems.
It is Day 28 for me. I made it! Me, a girl who can eat three meals a day of sugar. But I had been slowly making better choices here and there which prepared me for J. J. Virgin's "total fast" from foods that taste good but maybe which weren't. And I made it without cream in my coffee and bread!
From what I understand from the free literature on J. J. Virgin's site, this routine is meant to reset our bodies and now we add back in one element, test for any adverse reactions. Mine will be the fruit dessert pizza on The Pioneer Woman's website. Tomorrow! Can't wait.
But I'm also "craving" bread and the aforesaid cream in my coffee. "Craving" may be the wrong word because it does not contain the force and power of my previous cravings. So I am able to choose one out of the others to indulge in.
Then four days later (time to watch for any sensitivities reactions), I'll switch from my sugar-cookie-with-fruit "pizza" to cream in my coffee. Then maybe I'll have some really good homemade bread next.
I've also learned to substitute. Instead of brown sugar in my oatmeal, I opted for maple syrup. No sugar listed in the ingredients. But sometimes substitutions don't work.
Usually I can swap out one-half cup Stevia in the Raw for one full cup of white granulated sugar. It works for my tea. And the oatmeal raisin cookies recipe on the Stevia package is really good.
But I can tell you firsthand, when I tried the powdery Stevia atop French toast (pre-elimination diet), it does not work. For me. If I indulge in French toast, it will be with real powdered sugar atop.
Butter (the Dairy element). I cannot imagine a baked potato without it. Yet, I made French fries from scratch and fried them in coconut oil while on J.J.'s plan. How can an eating regimen be called a "diet" with French fries on it? Yum, yum.
While I prefer bacon drippings to season my green beans and other dried bean varieties, I prefer butter for my other veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, corn, carrots, etc. And I haven't come up with a viable alternative.
In the grand scheme of things, cream rises to the top of milk and requires no real processing, so I'm hoping my body is not "allergic" to it. Then butter is just the cream churned. No chemicals necessary. I'm hopeful my body has no reaction to it, either. I'll reintroduce them into my eating separately just to be sure.
Breads. I love good bread. I can forgo the sandwich variety to have some artisan sourdough. I've enjoyed BLT salads so much I don't see me wanting a BLT sandwich. However, at some point, I will desire occasionally a real roast beef sandwich, complete with mayo and onions and lettuce.
While pizza never really calls my name (unless it has a white sauce), I can gladly give it up. YET, at the grocery story the other day, I saw a specialty bread stuffed with pepperoni and cheese. Depending on the presence of red sauce (or the quantity), I could get into that!
And the zero-carb pizza crust--that you heat up in a skillet with some Parmesan cheese and almond flour (1:1) or add 1-3 T. water and make a sticky roll that you pat out into your favorite shaped pan and bake--I've been craving that. But mine would have no sauce whatsoever, just a drizzle of olive oil and some choice herbs and spices, some tomato slices with basil and fresh mozzarella or sauteed mushrooms, black olives and caramelized onions.
Maybe I should have done this post tomorrow. You know, after my Day 28 was over and done with.
What have I found out? That I can go seven hours without getting hungry some times. That oatmeal and maple syrup are a nice snack. That I will make better choices. I'm eating as close to what God made as possible. I can now "deny" myself things I love as long as I can have them four days later. It's a process, so I have to experiment as I go.
And it's been a really good experiment.
Now, I'm off to see if I have all the ingredients to make that dessert pizza . . . ha!
Copy editor disclaimer: Per CMS(15) Rule 8.6, initials
have periods (and spaces when used with the whole last name like "J. J.
Virgin" or no spaces when just the first two initials like "J.J." or no
periods at all when three initials, like JJV or JFK or LBJ). Which
what I've done above. However, J.J.'s preference is no periods, no
spaces, as in "JJ" per her own site. FYI.
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