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Rank #16 in Nutrition category

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Triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer JJ Virgin is a passionate advocate of eating and exercising smarter. JJ and her team help people stay fired up and healthy as they age, so they feel the best they ever have at age 40+.JJ is a prominent TV and media personality, whose previous features include co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters, 2 years as the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil, and numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, and Mary Morrissey. JJ is the author of four NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her latest book, Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience, shows caregivers everywhere how to be strong, positive leaders for their families, while exploring the inspirational lessons JJ learned as she fought for her own son’s life. JJ hosts the popular Reignite Wellness podcast, with over 5.5 million downloads and counting. She also regularly writes for Rodale Wellness, Mind Body Green, and other major blogs and magazines. Visit www.jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you build your dream life.

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Triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer JJ Virgin is a passionate advocate of eating and exercising smarter. JJ and her team help people stay fired up and healthy as they age, so they feel the best they ever have at age 40+.JJ is a prominent TV and media personality, whose previous features include co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters, 2 years as the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil, and numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, and Mary Morrissey. JJ is the author of four NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her latest book, Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience, shows caregivers everywhere how to be strong, positive leaders for their families, while exploring the inspirational lessons JJ learned as she fought for her own son’s life. JJ hosts the popular Reignite Wellness podcast, with over 5.5 million downloads and counting. She also regularly writes for Rodale Wellness, Mind Body Green, and other major blogs and magazines. Visit www.jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you build your dream life.

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By Halle C. - Nov 25 2019
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Hi JJ You are so knowledgeable, empowering and always motivating me to do better. Question, I am 52 years old and have been working out since I was 11 years old. I did HIIT training 5 days a week for one hour and constantly sore so recently, I switched to 3 days a week and incorporating Hot Yoga Vinyasa for 60-90 minutes. At my age is this better for my fitness goals and longevity? How are our bones, muscles and metabolism effected by fitness at this age and in our elder years. I hope this makes sense? Thank you JJ Halle

All things sensible for better health!!

By shellbuggy - Oct 23 2019
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Great short simple podcast sets that keep me learning new things about health! Love it!

iTunes Ratings

454 Ratings
Average Ratings
377
33
24
10
10

Keep it going!

By Halle C. - Nov 25 2019
Read more
Hi JJ You are so knowledgeable, empowering and always motivating me to do better. Question, I am 52 years old and have been working out since I was 11 years old. I did HIIT training 5 days a week for one hour and constantly sore so recently, I switched to 3 days a week and incorporating Hot Yoga Vinyasa for 60-90 minutes. At my age is this better for my fitness goals and longevity? How are our bones, muscles and metabolism effected by fitness at this age and in our elder years. I hope this makes sense? Thank you JJ Halle

All things sensible for better health!!

By shellbuggy - Oct 23 2019
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Great short simple podcast sets that keep me learning new things about health! Love it!

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Triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer JJ Virgin is a passionate advocate of eating and exercising smarter. JJ and her team help people stay fired up and healthy as they age, so they feel the best they ever have at age 40+.JJ is a prominent TV and media personality, whose previous features include co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters, 2 years as the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil, and numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, and Mary Morrissey. JJ is the author of four NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her latest book, Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience, shows caregivers everywhere how to be strong, positive leaders for their families, while exploring the inspirational lessons JJ learned as she fought for her own son’s life. JJ hosts the popular Reignite Wellness podcast, with over 5.5 million downloads and counting. She also regularly writes for Rodale Wellness, Mind Body Green, and other major blogs and magazines. Visit www.jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you build your dream life.

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? with Dr. Mark Hyman

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Bestselling author and functional medicine pioneer Dr. Mark Hyman joins JJ in today’s episode to clear up the confusion about healthy eating once and for all! Find out the real truth behind what the food industry is telling you about nutrition, plus how to know which foods truly nurture your body and which can do real harm. Listen as Dr. Hyman breaks down the latest research to give you clear advice on foods like dairy, meat, fruits, and veggies so you can optimize your diet and take back your health!

Key takeaways:

[1:08] Dr. Mark Hyman’s career briefing.

[2:45] Why is everyone so confused about what to eat?

[3:46] Manipulation of data by the food industry contributes to the confusion around food.

[7:14] The similarities between a Paleo and vegan diet, plus what it means to be “Pegan.”

[9:31] It’s key to unprocess your diet.

[9:55] Dr. Hyman’s new book, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? reveals which foods protect your health and which foods can do real harm.

[11:19] If a food is packaged or processed by the food industry, it’s probably bad for you.

[12:05] Dr. Hyman’s story about the influence of the Dairy Council.

[15:34] There are a number of issues with the studies that claim meat causes heart disease and cancer.

[17:40] What kind of meat should you be eating?

[19:11] Be sure to eat plenty of non-starchy veggies.

[20:10] We’re in the era of personalized medicine, and bio-individuality matters.

[23:27] Get Dr. Hyman’s free toxicity quiz to connect the dots between what you’re eating and how you feel.

[24:30] Food is the most powerful medicine!

[28:11] Start by changing your diet.

[30:04] Starting your day off with the right breakfast sets the metabolic tone for your day. The perfect way to do this is with JJ’s All-In-One Paleo-Inspired Protein Shake!

[30:55] Listener’s question: How do I know the amount of carbs, protein, and fat I should be eating?

[31:23] It’s crucial to become your own personal health detective!

Mentioned in this episode:

JJVirgin.com/food

JJ Paleo Shake

The JJ Virgin Biome Test

The Pathway Fit

JJ Virgin at Facebook

JJ Virgin at Instagram

Feb 14 2018

37mins

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Autophagy: The Secret of Youth with Naomi Whittel

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Naomi Whittel has traveled the world to find the most powerful anti-aging ingredients, and she joins JJ in today's podcast to talk about the groundbreaking science of autophagy. Listen as Naomi explains exactly what autophagy is and how this cellular detoxification process can help restore your energy and renew your youth, as well as the simple steps you can take to stimulate autophagy today.

Find out why the timing of your meals matters and the “powerphenols” that can boost your health, plus how to figure out your circadian rhythm so you can activate autophagy at night. You’ll also get Naomi’s simple recipe for Autophagy Tea that will have your skin glowing from the inside out!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Naomi Whittel’s free Glow 15 Cookbook by going to JJVirgin.com/glow15.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Autophagy is the process by which cells remove toxins and repair damage. Naomi explains how to boost autophagy so you can look and feel your best.
  2. Timing matters: what you do is important, but when you do it is equally as important. Naomi recommends starting your day with fat and saving your carbs for later in the day.
  3. Naomi’s autophagy tea contains powerful ingredients that help keep your cells healthy. Those include citrus bergamot Earl Grey tea, EGCG from green tea, and cinnamon.

Episode Play-By-Play

[2:02] Naomi Whittel’s career briefing

[3:44] What is autophagy?

[6:23] What was the inspiration behind Naomi’s book, Glow 15?

[8:28] Simple steps you can take right now to stimulate autophagy

[9:03] Timing matters – start your day with fat and save your carbs for later in the day.

[11:10] Why Naomi is a fan of intermittent fasting and protein cycling

[13:58] 30 minutes of interval training or resistance training every other day can promote autophagy.

[14:56] Knowing your circadian rhythm and what type of sleeper you are helps to activate autophagy at night.

[17:30] Naomi’s autophagy tea contains powerful ingredients that help keep your cells healthy.

[19:10] Naomi’s favorite supplements include “powerphenols.”

[20:44] Meditation is the one thing that Naomi does every day that makes the biggest difference.

[22:14] Get Naomi’s free Glow 15 Cookbook with plenty of yummy, de-aging recipes.

[25:11] Listener’s question: I’ve always been told you should have 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. What’s wrong with that advice?

Mentioned in this episode:

JJVirgin.com/glow15

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Sleep Candy

7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

Aug 22 2018

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How to Become a Fat-Melting Machine with Leanne Ely

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Leanne Ely is the bestselling author of more than ten published books, and she joins JJ in today's podcast episode to talk about The Hot Melt Diet: her newest eating plan that will help you melt unwanted pounds away. Listen as Leanne explains why it's key to include healthy fats in your diet and how to train your body to use fat for fuel instead of sugar, plus how The Hot Melt Diet can help you reap the rewards of a ketogenic diet while still being customized to your individual needs. To top it all off, as the creator of the amazing meal-planning website called Saving Dinner, Leanne shares her scrumptious, fat-burning recipes. Bon appetit!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Leanne Ely’s free, fat-burning recipes by going to JJVirgin.com/hotmelt

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Lowering your carb intake and increasing the amount of healthy fats in your diet can help you get into the fat-burning zone. The Hot Melt Diet helps you burn fat for fuel and reap the rewards of a ketogenic diet while still being customized to your individual needs.
  2. Leanne’s recipes are nutrient-rich and incorporate plenty of anti-inflammatory foods. Her Mighty Mitochondria Soup is a delicious way to keep your cells healthy so you can create sustained energy and look and feel your best.
  3. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet! It’s important to listen to your body and figure out what works best for you.

Episode Play-By-Play

[3:35] Leanne Ely’s career briefing

[4:40] Leanne’s experience with healthy cooking

[6:09] The Hot Melt Diet: the keto diet doesn’t have to be so complicated

[7:07] The history behind the ketogenic diet

[8:33] How Leanne’s Hot Melt Diet differs from traditional ketogenic plans

[9:40] It’s key to add plenty of healthy fats to your menu.

[11:45] The benefits of lowering your carb intake and increasing the amount of healthy fats in your diet

[13:15] What exactly is the Hot Melt Diet?

[17:18] Why Leanne recommends starting your day with a morning smoothie 

[18:25] How to easily incorporate intermittent fasting into your schedule

[21:02] It’s important to be your own health detective and figure out what works best for you.

[24:41] The true cause of weight gain is not calories, it’s food intolerance! Discover the sneaky 7 foods most likely to cause food intolerance in The Virgin Diet.

[25:30] Listener’s question: What are your top tips for cooking healthy meals when you’re short on time?

Mentioned in this episode:

JJVirgin.com/hotmelt

The Virgin Diet

jjvirgin.com/vital

https://jjvirgin.com/thrivemeat

Safety Net

JJs Smart Shopping List

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Sep 12 2018

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Overcoming Food Addiction with Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson

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In today’s podcast, Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson joins JJ to share her personal journey with food and drug addiction and how she turned her life around. Dr. Thompson explains why it’s so hard to resist overeating, how to know if you’re susceptible to addiction, and key strategies based on science and psychology to achieve freedom from food addiction and permanent weight loss. Listen to find out if your brain is blocking you from losing weight and how you can live happy, thin, and free for good!

Key Takeaways:

[:10] Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson’s career briefing

[2:44] How did Dr. Thompson become an expert in the psychology of eating?

[4:15] Dr. Thompson was surprised to learn that food was harder to kick than drugs.

[5:45] With food addiction, you can still be somewhat functional.

[6:50] There’s a common myth about obesity and weight loss.

[8:30] Research shows addiction is not in the substance.  

[9:45] How would someone know if they’re susceptible to addiction?

[12:21] Dr. Thompson’s Bright Line Eating program works with people who are higher on the susceptibility scale and need a different kind of approach to overcome food addiction.

[14:01] What is the willpower gap?

[16:12] You need to get your food right to achieve a healthy weight.

[17:30] If you want to get your food right, it’s not about learning what to eat -- the issue is implementation over the long term.

[20:44] What’s the connection between self-worth and food?

[22:20] The sugary, processed foods we're eating drive powerful cravings and insatiable eating.

[25:09] You have to get your food straight first and then your self-worth fills up on its own.

[26:12] Get Dr. Thompson’s free report on three huge mistakes you make in weight loss and what you can do about them.

[28:17] Fact: the true cause of weight gain is not calories, it’s food intolerance.

[29:05] Listener’s question: I’m perfect throughout the day, but at night, I find myself in bed eating ice-cream. What do I do?

[29:54] Use a food journal and don’t bring the enemy into the house.

Mentioned in this episode:

JJVirgin.com/drsusan

Bright Line Eating

JJVirgin.com

JJVirgin.com/books

JJ Virgin at Facebook

JJ Virgin at Instagram

Jan 10 2018

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How To Get Rid of Toxic Fat with Dr. Susanne Bennett

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Dr. Susanne Bennett is a holistic chiropractic physician specializing in detox, allergies, chronic illness, and energy medicine. She became an expert in detoxification in order to help her son heal from severe allergies and mold toxicity. In today's podcast episode, Dr. Susanne talks with JJ about toxic fat and how it can stop you from losing weight and feeling your best. Listen to find out the most common sources of toxins and symptoms of toxicity, plus what exactly toxic fat is and how to get rid of it. Dr. Susanne also shares the importance of pre-cleansing and how it can help prepare your body for a more structured detox, plus she reveals her top detoxification strategies, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Dr. Susanne explains that you can lose stubborn body fat, and it all starts with cleansing your body of harmful toxins!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Dr. Susanne Bennett’s free Ultimate Drainage and Detoxification Strategies Guidelines, as well as her Ultimate Wellness Food Checklist by going to JJVirgin.com/drsusanne/.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. The most common symptom of toxicity is fatigue. That's because exposure to toxins can damage the energy-producing mitochondria in your cells.
  2. Your body holds on to toxic fat to avoid spreading toxins to important organs like your brain or your heart. If you don't safely eliminate those toxins, you won't be able to get rid of stubborn fat, no matter what you do.
  3. Using an infrared sauna is a great way to help with detoxification. Research has shown that many harmful toxins exit your body through your sweat.

Episode Play-By-Play

[1:44] Dr. Susanne Bennett’s career briefing

[3:18] How Dr. Susanne became an expert in detoxification

[6:08] Minimizing your exposure to toxins is key.

[6:36] Sources of hidden toxins that you encounter every day

[8:34] Clothing contains chemicals like formaldehyde and toxic curing agents.

[9:25] Crib mattresses contain fire retardant, which has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

[10:06] The most common symptoms of toxicity

[12:17] If your mitochondria aren’t working well, you won’t be able to get rid of toxic fat in your body.

[12:22] What exactly is toxic fat?

[14.10] Your body holds on to toxic fat to avoid spreading toxins to important organs like your brain or your heart.

[15:15] How do you know if you have an issue with toxicity?

[16:22] To lose fat, it’s crucial to detoxify safely.

[16:55] Pre-cleansing is the most important stage.

[19:01] Detox doesn’t have to be uncomfortable – you can do a very gentle cleanse.

[19:15] Things you shouldn’t do to detoxify

[20:35] Colonics get rid of all the good flora in your gut microbiome.

[21:22] Which type of sauna is best and how to use it for detoxification

[26:28] Dr. Susanne’s free gifts can help you figure out your next steps. 

[27:44] Fact: the true cause of weight gain isn’t calories, it’s food intolerance! Discover the sneaky 7 foods most likely to cause food intolerance in The Virgin Diet.

[28:20] Listener’s question: What are JJ’s thoughts on cleanses?

Mentioned in this episode:

The Virgin Diet

Sugar Impact Diet

JJs mindbodygreen Boost Your Metabolism course

Sunlighten Sauna

Leaky Gut Support

Vitamin D Plus

Omega Ultra

Omega Upgrade

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Oct 31 2018

33mins

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Get Rid of Over 40 Fat with JJ Virgin

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JJ shares with the audience six factors to have under consideration while being over 40 and trying to get rid of fat. Your body is different at different ages, and your approach towards health needs to be different too. Cortisol levels, stress hormone, insulin resistance, digestion, metabolism, stress and sex hormones are some of the topics discussed in this succulent show. Find out why exercising more and eating less does not work out!

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] Exercising more and eating less does not work out.

[2:30] Over 40 years old, the way to get rid of fat is different than when you are in your 20s or 30s.

[2:56] First factor: How Cortisol levels affects your body.

[4:18] Second factor: Stress hormone can make you keep fat around your belly.

[5:33]Third factor: How does insulin resistance intervene in your body functions?

[7:46] Fourth factor: Digestion matters to break down proteins well and get the nutrients your body needs.

[8:41] Fifth: Is your metabolism really slowing down with aging?

[9:33] Burst and resistance training is a key.

[10:38] Sixth factor: Sex hormone balance also affects women, especially at 40.

[12:28] Promoting hormone balance can be achieve through your diet: protein, fat and fiber choices.

[13:38] Manage your stress through tapping, laughing, walking your dog, taking time for your meals.

[15:10] Your breakfast sets the pace for your entire day. Start with a Shake!

[16:10] What do you do to manage stress when you can't avoid it?

[17:50] Gratitude, tapping, and nutrients can keep your stress levels low.

Mentioned in this episode:

JJVirgin.com/products

Facebook Jjvirginofficial

May 10 2017

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Are You Toxic?

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We were never intended to handle the numerous toxins that bombard us today. Let me show you how to eliminate numerous systems and maintain fast, lasting fat loss by reducing your toxic loads. If you want to avoid the celebrity detox hype and get the real deal, you can't miss this podcast!

Apr 08 2015

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No Grain, No Pain

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If you've done The Virgin Diet then you know how I feel about gluten. Gluten is a form of protein found in wheat, rye, barley and many processed foods, and while most of us tend to think, "Oh, proteins are healthy." Some proteins cause our bodies a world of hurt and the protein found in gluten are among the worst. What's worse is we've been eating gluten all our lives, often in hidden places. In this episode I'm going to be talking with Dr. Peter Osborne, one of the world's leading authorities on alternative and functional medicine and natural health with a primary focus on gluten sensitivity and food allergies. We're going to go way beyond gluten and talk about grains and what could be causing you pain and inflammation. By using the strategies you're about to discover in this episode, you will have a drug-free, easy-to-implement plan for eliminating gluten and gluten-like substances, eliminate pain and lead a happier, healthier life.

Feb 03 2016

30mins

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The Gluten-Free Trap with Peter Osborne

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Dr. Peter Osborne explains in an easy, but also scientific way, how a gluten-free diet can create trouble in your health, making you weaker, and causing inflammation and digestive difficulties. Educate yourself about how to introduce variety in your diet, get healthier, love what you eat, and lose the weight you want to get rid of, all these just by choosing your food smartly. Listen to JJVirgin and Dr. Peter Osborne to begin the transformation you are seeking!

Key Takeaways:

[:56] Dr. Peter Osborne´s career

[2:01] Beyond gluten

[2:28] Gluten-free is everywhere, and got us in bigger trouble.

[2:48] Autoimmune disease

[3:01] Grain consumption is linked to autoimmune disease.

[3:28] Gluten-free is heavy on substitutes.

[3:41] Corn in gluten-free products has consequences to our health.

[4:17] In any kind of diet, the junk food always shows up.

[5:04] Grain-flammation and Grain-bicity

[5:23] Proteins in grain

[5:56] Food stays undigested in your gut.

[6:24] Rice — why it causes inflammation.

[6:52] Genetic manipulation of grains.

[7:37] Pesticides in your food.

[7:52] Pesticides that mimic estrogen.

[8:12] Grain based properties that cause inflammation.

[8:38] Exercise programs don't work because of inflammation.

[9:30] What do I eat?

[10:13] Find variety in your diet.

[11:12] Shift your habits.

[11:23] What is Gluten muscle wasting cycle?

[11:40] Cortisol relationship to water retention.

[13:17] Why steroids are problematic.

[13:45] Ulceration caused by medication in single doses.

[14.06] Medication is causing a chain of reactions against our health.

[15:52] You can change it with the food you are eating.

[16:15] What is the one thing you do everyday, that changes your life?

[16:23] Crossfit

[16:44] Mental and physical benefits all together

[17:17] How do you stay in shape?

[17:48] Jjvirgin.com/peter

[18:01] Leaky gut solutions

[19:13] Food intolerance number one reason

[19:27] Leaky gut support formula

[19:47] Jjvirgin.com/products

[19:59] Listeners’ questions

[20:13] No gluten, no corn, what can I eat?

[20:31] Great slow low carbs

[20:50] List of foods you can eat

[22:10] Virgin diet or sugar impact diet

[22:34] Facebook Jjvirgin official

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Jjvirgin.com/peter

Jjvirgin.com/products

Facebook Jjvirgin official

Jan 29 2017

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Holistic Mental Health with Dr. Kelly Brogan

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Dr. Kelly Brogan is a holistic psychiatrist and she’s created quite a stir with her recent book, A Mind of Your Own, in which she talks about treating mental illness conditions without medication. In this podcast, Dr. Brogan explains what really causes depression and how medication can make things worse in the long run. Listen as she explains why your mindset is critical for healing and how to improve your mental health naturally with diet and lifestyle interventions. If you struggle with brain fog, anxiety, or depression, this episode will give you the tools you need to feel better again! 

Key takeaways:

[2:15] Dr. Kelly Brogan’s career briefing

[3:25] Dr. Brogan’s controversial book A Mind of Your Own

[3:50] How Dr. Brogan became interested in holistic psychiatry

[7:30] In psychiatry, impressionistic labels are given to patients that sometimes stick with them for life. 

[8:17] The medications that are being used to treat long-term mental illness conditions are potentially perpetuating the problem.

[8:50] If there is a short-term benefit from medication, it comes at the cost of long-term disability.

[10:40] Depression has not been proven to be caused by a serotonin imbalance. 

[12:18] Depression is a sign that something is off and your body is recruiting all of its resources to respond to a perceived stressor. Stressors can be anything from a B12 deficiency to a food reaction or a psychospiritual crisis.

[14:55] Your mindset is key – you have to become aware that your body has an innate intelligence and knows what it’s doing.

[18:40] Healing begins with diet, detox, and meditation. 

[21:13] Connecting to yourself and others is crucial. 

[22:42] It’s important to take personal responsibility for your health. 

[25:08] Dr. Brogan’s free workshop offers tips to help with issues like brain fog and anxiety, as well as tools to help you make a shift in your mindset.

[27:40] Lose weight faster with JJ Virgin’s Extra Fiber.

[28:37] Listener’s question: What are the critical things to help with healing a brain injury and improving your mood? 

[29:51] Fish oil is good for brain health. 

[31:02] Balance your blood sugar and pull out hidden food intolerances. 

[31:28] Meditation helps with relaxation and healing. 

Mentioned in this episode:

JJVirgin.com/drbrogan

JJVirgin.com/products

Facebook Page JJVirgin Official

Sep 20 2017

33mins

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Fasting for Weight Loss and Optimal Health with Dr. Jason Fung

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Dr. Jason Fung is a bestselling author and world-renowned expert on fasting. He joins JJ in today's podcast episode to reveal the powerful benefits of fasting and how you can incorporate fasting into your routine to take back your health! Listen as Dr. Fung explains why the calories in-calories out method of dieting doesn't work, as well as why fasting is a better option for lasting weight loss. Dr. Fung also busts common myths about fasting, plus he shares the incredible advantages that fasting has to offer, including how it can help slow aging, fight disease, increase energy levels and burn away stored fat. Find out about the different types of fasting and grab Dr. Fung's free introductory course so you can start reaping the rewards of fasting today!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Dr. Jason Fung’s free Introductory Course on Fasting by going to jjvirgin.com/fasting.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. The calories in-calories out dieting method doesn’t work! Dr. Fung explains why fasting is a better option for weight loss.
  2. Dr. Fung busts common myths about fasting around hunger, muscle mass, and metabolic rate. Plus, find out about the powerful benefits of fasting, including how it can help slow aging, fight disease, increase energy levels, and burn away stored fat.
  3. Dr. Fung talks about different types of fasting such as time-restricted eating and the one meal a day approach. Grab Dr. Fung's free introductory course on fasting to get started today!

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[2:10] Dr. Jason Fung’s career briefing

[3:05] Listener shout-out

[4:15 ] If you’re struggling with gas and bloating, food intolerance, or any other digestive unrest, try JJ’s Leaky Gut Support! 

[5:34] How Dr. Fung became an expert on fasting 

[7:40] The calories in-calories out dieting method doesn’t work! 

[10:05] Busting the myth that you have to eat all day long to lose weight 

[11:10] If you don’t have diabetes or other health issues, your body tends to keep your blood sugar at stable levels.

[12:30] After diving into the medical literature, Dr. Fung realized that fasting is actually a really good idea.

 [12:58] Billions of people around the world have used different types of fasting regimens for thousands of years.

[13:45] Dr. Fung has seen patients reverse type 2 diabetes with fasting

[14:52] Overcoming common concerns about fasting 

[16:45] Studies on fasting and lean body mass

[18:23] How fasting increases energy levels and sends the signal to your body to burn stored fat

[19:32] Changing up your exercise and eating routine has metabolic benefits. 

[20:20] Putting small amounts of stress on your body in the form of fasting or exercise can actually be good for you.

[22:30] The top benefits of fasting

[23:21] Fasting boosts the process of autophagy, which has powerful anti-aging effects. 

[24:09] The impact of fasting on hunger levels 

[26:30] How fasting reestablishes your relationship with food 

[27:30] Why eating 6 small meals a day makes you hungrier  

[29:30] Different types of fasting protocols and Dr. Fung’s top recommendations on how to incorporate fasting into your routine

[31:41] How to step into fasting

[33:05] Listener’s question: I know you’re not a fan of snacking, but I have low blood sugar. What should I do?

[34:02] Start by improving your food quality and eating the trifecta of fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

[34:59] Then, begin to extend the time between meals. 

Mentioned in this episode:

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting , by Dr. Jason Fung

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, by Dr. Jason Fung

Leaky Gut Support

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May 29 2019

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Morning Routine to Get Your Metabolism Boost with JJ Virgin

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JJ gives all the take-into-fast-action tips to start every morning the right way, creating a fast metabolism that is trained to burn fat! Starting with mindset, following with your food choices and exercise. Age is not an excuse, you can get the results you were looking for to feel and look better!

Key takeaways:

[:55] What are you doing everyday that is helping to keep fat instead of burning it?

[2:32] First thing in the morning is to write down three things you are grateful for.

[3:08] Benefits of having bulletproof coffee in the morning. Just watch your portion.

[4:45] MCT oil from coconut oil is the fat that helps you boost your metabolism.

[6:30] Snacking every couple of hours keep you blood sugar and insulin up all day.

[7:23] Drinking lots of water help you boost your metabolism. Most of the times when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty.

[8:24] Work out in the mornings, burst training is the best.

[9:10] Walking is not a work out, it is what we should be doing everyday.

[10:12] The sugar impact diet was created for you to figure out how many carbs work for you. Best time to eat carbs is after workout.

[11:15] Eating as close to nature as possible.

[11:47] In the morning, start with protein, fat and fiber.

[14:03] Working out in the morning can actually take a few minutes.

[14:38] Start the day with a JJVirgin paleo-inspired protein shake.

[15:48] How should you start? Start to track your water intake.

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May 24 2017

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Improving Your Intuition to Develop Healthier Habits with Razi Berry

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Razi Berry, expert in naturopathic medicine, joins JJ today, discussing how being disconnected from ourselves and others has impacted our ability to hear what our bodies are telling us. Because we don’t have that communication, we make choices based on outside influences for when and how much to eat.  Doing a few key exercises and eating foods that feed the emotional centers in our brains can improve body intuition, thereby improving our health. Listen to this wonderfully enlightening episode now!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Razi’s free Secret to Unlocking Your Intuition by going to jjvirgin.com/intuition.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Being disconnected from our bodies has impacted our ability to self-regulate. Disconnecting is the basis for many eating disorders.
  2. Improving our intuition can help us get healthier. Lack of listening affects our ability to know when and how much we should eat.
  3. Doing a few exercises each day can help you reconnect with your body. You’ll improve your ability to hear the signals your body is giving you to make better choices.

Episode Play-By-Play

[5:30] How Razi got to the point she is at now

[8:00] Naturopathic medicine operates on the idea that your body heals itself when you supply it with this.

[8:50] Eating disorders result from a disconnection from your body.

[9:44] Why are people so disconnected from their bodies that they don’t associate what they’re doing with putting their body in harm?

[11:55] When we don’t use our senses, they atrophy, including our ability to recognize the inner voice of our own bodies.

[14:05] Instead of listening to our own bodies, we let outside influences, like time and Google dictate what time to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat.

[16:00] A definition of chemosense; our sense of smell isn’t only in our nose.

[17:10] How can we reconnect, strengthen that intuition?

[17:51] A few exercises to increase our sensitivity and our sensibility

[19:01] What you do with your body translates to this system

[20:15] Doing these few exercises helps increase your interoceptive accuracy.

[21:00] Certain foods have similar effects on our brains.

[24:28] We need to get back to trusting ourselves.

[25:50] Why Razi called her podcast Love is Medicine

[27:20] Women are caretakers, we need to remember that we are the first person we should be taking care of.

Action Step: Connect back into your body and truly listen. For example, only eat when you’re truly hungry, not because you were triggered by a suggestion or because of the time on the clock.  And, think of ways you can connect more to others in your life.

Mentioned in this episode:

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

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Love is Medicine Podcast

Love is Medicine website (blog)

Nov 20 2019

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The Histamine Connection with Yasmina Ykelenstam

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Yasmina Ykelenstam was suffering from debilitating symptoms and couldn’t get the help she needed from doctors. Frustrated and sick, she turned to her skills as a journalist and uncovered the true source of her health issues: histamines. Listen as she explains common symptoms of histamine issues and how to solve them using a 4-week elimination diet. If you suspect you have problems with histamines, don’t miss this episode, where we uncover which foods to avoid and who to consult to get the best care. 

Key Takeaways:

[1:16] Yasmina Ykelenstam’s career briefing

[2:50] As a result of working in extreme conditions as a journalist in Iraq, Yasmina developed serious health problems that doctors didn’t know how to treat.

[3:40] How do you know if you have issues with histamine?

[4:10] Histamine, or mast cell activation issues present with a wide range of symptoms, including gastrointestinal problems, allergies, emotional issues, and more.

[5:33] The first step if you think you might have histamine problems is treating the naturopathic way.

[6:35] Try a four-week elimination diet, getting rid of all histamine, and see how you feel afterward.

[7:14] The right amount of histamine is required by a healthy body to function.

[7:48] If you don't see much change after the four weeks, you should check for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome with a functional medicine doctor.

[9:22] Testing alone is not enough.

[10:08] You can’t reduce histamine for too long (longer than four weeks), since there is a possibility that your body will start to produce more histamine in response.

[13:28] Make your own list of safe foods.

[14:47] Foods that can trigger histamine-related inflammation include: fermented foods, tomatoes, pineapples, strawberries, red-colored foods in general, cacao, anything that’s not found in nature, avocados, and nuts except almonds, pecans, and a few others.

[19:03] Meditation and yoga make the biggest difference in Yasmina’s daily life.

[20:49] Yasmina gives JJ’s audience a free digital book explaining histamine.

[22:20] Make a small change in something you do every day: start with having one of JJ’s shakes for breakfast!

[23:05] Listener’s question: What do you think about the diet where you can eat well five days a week and cheat two days? The foods that hurt us create an immune response, triggering a craving cycle and system-wide inflammation that can last for days. 

Mentioned in this episode:

HealingHistamine.com

JJVirgin.com/histamine

JJVirgin.com/products

Facebook JJVirginofficial

Instagram @JJVirgin

Sep 06 2017

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The Secret of “Liquid Gold” Bone Broth

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There's a something I want to share with you that can help you lose weight safely and easily and lead to a healthier, happier, slimmer and younger YOU. On this episode you're going to hear me talk to one of my close friends Dr. Kellyann Petrucci. Kelly Ann is a weight loss and anti-aging expert and naturopathic doctor - and today we're talking liquid gold: Bone Broth! This magic soup is as close to the fountain of youth as anything I've ever seen. You're going to start hearing about this soup all over the place and on this show you're going to discover the two main reasons people have so much trouble losing weight (and the roadmap for losing weight the RIGHT way), 2 blood test you should get ASAP, how to tell how healthy someone is just by looking at their skin, everything you need to know to get started healing your health with Bone Broth and so much more!

Feb 10 2016

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It’s All About Balance

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Your gut is everything! Leaky gut and other gut issues can make you bloated, constipated, and all-around miserable. In this podcast, I'll discuss effective strategies to heal your gut. You might not even consider some common culprits like stress and medications that can wreck your gut. Garlic, coconut oil, and fermented foods are among the things you'll want to incorporate to fight bad gut flora. I'll also talk about some fabulous gut-healing nutrients and effective strategies to digest better. With this information, you'll be able to address various gut conditions including leaky gut, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and Candida.

Jun 17 2015

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The Truth About Intermittent Fasting and Wine with Melanie Avalon

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Melanie Avalon is an actress, certified holistic nutritionist, and wine specialist. As she became involved in the entertainment industry, she tried all different types of fad diets in an attempt to lose weight before discovering the benefits of intermittent fasting and the Paleo diet. Listen as Melanie explains what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you jumpstart fat burning again, plus find out about the health benefits of wine and how moderate wine consumption can be a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle plan. You can lose weight and feel great with intermittent fasting, the Paleo diet, and wine!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Melanie Avalon’s free How to Find Out Your Perfect Intermittent Fasting protocol, plus free recipes from her book What When Wine by going to JJVirgin.com/winebook.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Studies show that moderate consumption of alcohol is correlated with longevity and other health benefits. Wine contains plant compounds called polyphenols that protect your health.
  2. When choosing wine, it's important to opt for organic wine from high-quality sources. You also need to pay attention to how alcohol impacts your weight and your sleep to see what works for you.
  3. Intermittent fasting is about restricting your eating window to allow your body to enter fat-burning mode. Even a lean person has enough stored body fat to walk about 1,000 miles.

Episode Play-By-Play

[1:35] Melanie’s career briefing

[2:38] Melanie’s background in acting and nutrition

[5:55] The health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, especially wine.

[9:11] The dark side of wine

[10:15] There’s good and bad in everything.

[12:41] It’s important to be aware of how you feel – everyone is different.

[13:05] For some people, alcohol can elevate your hunger hormones.

[14:45] Why you should choose organic wine.

[17:06] Does alcohol make you gain weight?

[18:34] Melanie follows a Paleo-style diet

[19:06] What intermittent fasting is and how Melanie incorporates it into her schedule

[24:05] How to start intermittent fasting

[27:20] Sugar is hiding everywhere! Find out how to drop seven hidden sugars and lose up to 10 pounds in 2 weeks with the Sugar Impact Diet.

[28:18] Listener’s question: If I’m going to drink, what are the best choices?

[29:50] Tequila and specific types of wine are the best options.

[30:07] Check out JJ’s Tequila Treat recipe.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Virgin Diet

Sugar Impact Diet

Bulletproof Coffee

JJ's Tequila Treat

Dry Farm Wines

jjvirgin.com

Leaky Gut Support

Vitamin D Plus

Omega Ultra

Omega Upgrade

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Nov 03 2018

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How to Have Steady, Sustained All-Day Energy

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Clearly we have an energy crisis. Unfortunately, staying over-caffeinated and neglecting things like sleep only exacerbate that perpetual crash. In this podcast, I'll discuss often-overlooked but extremely effective ways to prevent those crashes that kill your sex drive, keep you tired and miserable, and stall fast, lasting fat loss. Armed with this information, you'll be able to uncover your energy thieves and maintain steady, all-day.

Feb 04 2015

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How to Look Ten Years Younger with Dr. Anthony Youn

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In today’s episode, holistic plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn shares how to reverse the signs of aging and look ten years younger without resorting to surgery or other invasive procedures. Listen to learn about the wrinkle-fighting foods you should be including in your diet, which skincare products really work, plus how to build a simple and affordable skincare regimen that delivers dramatic results. Don’t miss Dr. Youn’s top tips and secrets to start looking and feeling younger today! 

Key takeaways:

[0:32] Dr. Anthony Youn’s career briefing

[2:10] How did Dr. Youn become interested in holistic plastic surgery?

[4:31] If you want to slow the aging process, start with food.

[5:22] What are the most aging foods?

[6:58] The skincare products that really work.

[7:40] How to build a simple and affordable skin care regimen.

[10:26] Which skincare products should be avoided?

[11:26] What else can you do at home to keep your skin looking young?

[12:40] How to get rid of stubborn fat without diet, exercise, or surgery.

[18:30] The 3-D facelift has been taken to the extreme.

[20:33] Get Dr. Youn’s free eBook: What to Eat to Look Younger

[22:14] Start your day off with the right breakfast -- choose JJ’s All-In-One Paleo-Inspired Shake!

[23:04] Listener’s question: What does JJ do for her skin?

Mentioned in this episode:

The Age Fix

The Holistic Plastic Surgeon Show

www.jjvirgin.com\dryoun

JJVirgin.com

JJ Virgin products

JJ Virgin at Facebook

JJ Virgin at Instagram

Dec 13 2017

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The Weight Loss Hacks You Haven’t Thought About with JJ Virgin

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JJ gives practical and easy fast action tips so you can start seeing results right away. This episode gives you the latest on meal timing, water, fiber, sleep, sweetener do’s and don’ts and insulin effects.

Key takeaways

[1.11] Simple, fast hacks to lose weight.

[2:28] Close the kitchen after dinner. Eat breakfast at 7-8 am, lunch at 12pm, then the RIGHT kind of dinner around 6pm, then close the kitchen!

[6:02] Drinking water between meals will help boost your metabolism and cut the cravings.

[7:15] Get a good night’s sleep! Break the Insulin Resistance Cycle to lose more weight.

[11:02] Artificial sweeteners like Splenda do not work and why they are detrimental to your health.

[13:43] Including more fiber in your diet is key.

[15:00] Tapping can be a great tool for stress management.

[16:45] Journal three things you are grateful for every morning.

[17:30] Which sugars can you avoid for fast and lasting fat loss? Check out JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet for a deeper dive!

[18:30] What sweeteners CAN be used and how much should you use?

[19:28] What are sugar alcohols?

Mentioned in this episode

www.jjvirgin.com\book

Facebook page JJVirginofficial

Jun 07 2017

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Why Taking Vitamin D Is So Essential to Your Health with JJ Virgin

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Today JJ discusses how vitamin D helps your body perform at its best. She lets you know how much vitamin D you should be taking, ways you can get this super hormone into your system naturally, and how to determine how much you should be taking when you supplement. She’ll also talk about what foods contain vitamin D, and which vitamin you should always take along with it. Tune in today for this informative episode.

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get JJ’s guide, The Top 7 Immune-Boosting Tips: How to Stay Healthy All Year Long by going to jjvirgin.com/vitamind.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Vitamin D is vital to your good health. It affects your body, mind and attitude.
  2. Vitamin D plays a big part in your body’s ability to lose weight. It controls insulin sensitivity, and makes it easier to burn fat.
  3. Make sure to test your levels. If you’re not getting enough of this important vitamin, supplement and make sure to test twice yearly if you live in a climate with major weather changes.

Episode Play-By-Play

[1:27] Some of the benefits of Vitamin D in your body

[2:40] First, strong bones and teeth need calcium, but do you know how vitamin D helps?

[3:56] Do you know which vitamin you must take with vitamin D, and why?

[6:01] Second, vitamin D is produced by exposure to the sun, and in winter there is a lot less sunshine.

[7:00] Depending on this factor, you will need to adjust your intake of vitamin D

[7:30] Third, vitamin D boosts your immune system, and here’s how

[8:55] Check your vitamin D levels by having this test performed by your doctor

[9:45] Fourth, vitamin D is actually a hormone. It can help with your mood and improve symptoms of depression.

[11:54] Fifth, vitamin D helps make your weight loss easier.

[12:30] How vitamin D helps support insulin sensitivity, and the importance of insulin sensitivity in fat burning

[13:41] Six, vitamin D helps you maintain a healthy heart.

[14:50] Vitamin D helps with healthy muscles.

[15:45] What are some reasons we aren’t getting enough vitamin D?

[17:23] Foods that contain vitamin D - fatty fish (salmon and sardines), cheese (if not dairy intolerant), beef liver (grass fed), mushrooms, and egg yolks (pastured).

[19:00] It’s not always easy to get your vitamin D through food or sunshine, so supplement.

Mentioned in this episode:

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

Become part of JJ’s community

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Top 7 Immune-Boosting Tips: How to Stay Healthy All Year Long

Warrior Mom

Miracle Mindset

You Are Stronger Than You Think movie

Dr. Holick’s information on vitamin D

Vitamin D Plus supplement by JJ Virgin

25-hydroxy vitamin D test Lab IQ

Dec 07 2019

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Friday Q&A: Can I Work Out if I’m Fasting?

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It’s time for another Q&A! In today’s episode, JJ answers a listener’s question about fasting and working out first thing in the morning. Tune in as JJ discusses what quality workout you should be striving for, and if you are able to do this while fasting. She’ll offer suggestions on what you can consume before a workout that won’t break your fast. Listen in today for this information-packed podcast!

Episode Play-By-Play

[1:00] A listener asked, “Can I work out in a fasted state?”

[1:30] The answer depends on your ability to do this

[2:00] If you don’t eat or drink anything else, though, this is a great thing to consume before you work out.

[3:00] You should always strive for good form while working out as hard as possible.

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Recipes at jjvirgin.com

Reignite Wellness 365 membership

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

Become part of JJ’s community

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Does Coffee Break an Intermittent Fast by Mark Sisson

Dec 06 2019

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The Keys to Glowing Skin (No Serums Required!) with Dr. Keira Barr

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Dr. Keira Barr, dermatologist, bestselling author, and integrative wellness expert meets with JJ to discuss why we need to do more than just apply creams or use medication to have healthy, glowing skin. They’ll talk about how important diet, sleep, and sunscreen are, as well as how your skin will let you know pretty quickly if something is happening, as long as you take the time to listen. 

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Keira’s free guide, Glowing Skin Guide: 3 Keys to Glowing Skin by going to jjvirgin.com/beautycode.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. The biggest impact on beautiful, healthy skin is not topical or oral medication. It’s the foods you eat and the quality and amount of sleep you get.
  2. Your skin communicates all the time. You must learn to listen to it.
  3. To see big impacts on the quality of your skin, keep a food and lifestyle journal. Take note when your skin flares up – what have you been eating, and how have you been sleeping?

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:33] JJ’s obsessed with skin care, find out why

[2:50] Talking about cracking the beauty code (hint: it’s not what you’re putting on that makes the biggest impact)

[4:49] Skin can be your biggest cheerleader, or your worst confidante. It tells all your secrets.

[5:15] Why Keira decided to become a dermatologist and why she decided on a different path

[8:39] Old-school dermatology was really about just prescribing oral and topical medication.

[10:40] Newer ideas in dermatology include reviewing your diet and sleep habits.

[13:05] One of the ways Keira really noticed how much changing her diet affected her skin was the lack of progression on her pre-existing melanoma. Her skin stabilized.

[13:45] Your skin communicates all the time. You need to listen for the whisper though, not the shout.

[15:30] Take a few minutes every now and then and do a scan of your skin. Pay attention to things that change. And get those looked at. But also, listen to your skin and think about what you’ve been doing, diet and sleep wise. Have you been caring for your body like you should be?

[17:40] Women are coming to see a dermatologist for signs of tiredness and aging. There are no quick fixes, but if you change your lifestyle, you will see a difference in the long run.

[19:07] If you just do one thing to start changing, it would be sleep.

[19:25] Why sleep has such a huge impact on your skin

[22:00] What two foods are the big no-nos, and how they specifically impact your skin

[24:20] What’s going on with sunscreens, and what should you be doing in addition?

Action Steps:

  1. Keep a journal so you can track how diet and lifestyle impacts new issues.
  2. Take a skin inventory – if you have a magnifying mirror, use that. Get familiar with your skin.
  3. Get some sort of sleep tracking device, like an Oura ring or FitBit, for example.

Mentioned in this episode:

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

Become part of JJ’s community

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

The Skin Whisperer: A Dermatologist Reveals How to Look Younger, Radiate Beauty, and Create the Life You Crave

Ōura Ring

Skin Care Guide

Dec 04 2019

35mins

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Prebiotics are Great Fertilizer for Your Gut by JJ Virgin

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Today JJ discusses the importance of having a rich prebiotic component to your diet. Prebiotics feed probiotics, helping you maintain a healthy balance of gut flora and better able to fight off leaky gut. JJ also explains how prebiotics help keep your body’s inflammation low, as well as contribute to a host of other health benefits. Read on to discover a list of JJ’s top prebiotic-rich foods and her recommendation on the best way to incorporate them into your daily menu.

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get JJ’s free Gut Health Guide by going to jjvirgin.com/prebiotics.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Prebiotics feed your good gut bacteria. Having a healthy gut microbiome affects many systems in your body.
  2. Prebiotics help increase your body’s production of short-chain fatty acids. Short-chain fatty acids help boost your body’s immune system and prevent an overgrowth of bad bacteria, among other health benefits.
  3. Eating foods rich in prebiotics is simple. Included is a list of many foods to incorporate to increase prebiotics in your daily diet.

Episode Play-By-Play

[2:35] What are prebiotics, and how are they different than probiotics?

[3:11] All the systems in your body that your gut microbiome affects

[3:50] JJ first started focusing on this when she was focusing on overcoming weight loss resistance.

[4:14] What happens when prebiotics are fermented in your large intestine?

[4:49] Some of the benefits of increasing your production of short chain fatty acids

[5:39] When you increase your intake of healing foods, your body can heal itself easier and fight off bad bacteria and this other very common issue.

[6:17] What is leaky gut? How do prebiotics help?

[8:10] Short-chain fatty acids can also improve mineral absorption, which strengthens these parts of the body.

[9:45] Food sources that provide prebiotics (fiber)

[10:25] How much fiber should you eat every day? What else should you increase as you increase your fiber intake?

Action Steps: Increase the foods that contain more prebiotics, including...

Oats

Coconut

Cacao

Onions

Garlic

Asparagus

Dandelion greens

Legumes, beans and lentils

Cooked, chilled potato

Apples (not apple juice!)

Mentioned in this episode:

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

Become part of JJ’s community

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Pique Tea

Dark Chocolate Coconut Fiber Bars

Microbiome Balance

Dark Chocolate Coconut Avocado Mousse

Dr. Alan Christianson

Gut Health Guide

5 Steps to Build a Healthy Gut blog

Nov 30 2019

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Friday Q&A: What Type of Magnesium is Best? with JJ Virgin

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It’s time for another Q&A! A listener asks JJ, “What type of magnesium do you recommend?” Magnesium serves the body in many different ways, and this is what dictates which type of magnesium you should be taking. Listen in today for this information-packed podcast!

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:35] From Kathleen F in SD, “What type of magnesium do you recommend?”

[0:56] Benefits of magnesium in the body

[1:40] What type of magnesium you should use depends on what you need it for. Magnesium for constipation requires a different formula than magnesium for helping you sleep.

Mentioned in this episode:

Recipes at jjvirgin.com

Reignite Wellness 365 membership

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

Become part of JJ’s community

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Magnesium oxide, hydroxide, citrate, ascorbate (constipation)

Magnesium chelate, bisglycinate (calming & sleep)

Magnesium malate (muscle aches)

Magnesium glycinate, threonate (brain health)

Nov 29 2019

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How a Low-FODMAP Diet Can Help Your Digestion with Julie Matthews

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Julie Matthews is a researcher and author specializing in complex neurological, immune, and digestive disorders. Today she and JJ discuss how a diet low in FODMAPs can help relieve digestive issues. Listen as Julie explains exactly what FODMAPs are and the best way to get started on a low-FODMAP diet while the body heals, as well as how long you should follow a low-FODMAP diet and when to start reintroducing foods. Julie also provides some sample menus to show how simple it is to swap out foods that may be triggering digestive symptoms. Join JJ and Julie for this very informative episode!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Julie’s free guide by going to jjvirgin.com/fodmaps.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. FODMAPs in an acronym that stands for different fermentable carbohydrates. By following a diet that’s low in FODMAPs for a period of time, digestive symptoms can be improved in many folks.
  2. Once someone has followed a low-FODMAP diet for a period of time, the different categories of FODMAPs can be added back in, one at a time. When reintroducing foods, you’ll want to track your symptoms to see how you feel.
  3. The intention of a therapeutic diet is not permanent. The foods that can cause a reaction need to stay out of the diet while the body heals.

Episode Play-By-Play

[4:24] Introducing Julie and how she got into FODMAPS with a focus on autism

[5:38] What are FODMAPS and how can you tell if you have an issue with them?

[6:25] Some effects on the digestive system if you eat foods high in these fermentable carbs

[7:08] Examples of foods in each of the FODMAP categories.

[8:23] JJ asks if someone will react to all categories, or just one, or a few?

[9:00] How to determine which of the FODMAP categories you are sensitive to

[11:25] A walk through of a low-FODMAP diet, what you might eat

[12:27] After removing foods, how to start gradually reintroducing foods

[13:57] If you have a small reaction, do you keep eating that food?

[15:00] Can you condition your gut by eating small amounts of food every day?

[16:15]  If you discover a sensitivity, is it forever? Or is it possible to reintroduce after healing for a while?

[16:50] The intention of a therapeutic diet is not permanent, it’s to give the body a break and provide it time to heal.

[18:20] These things may have an effect on the body’s ability to tolerate a type of food.

[19:05] A couple of sample low-FODMAP meals

Action Step: Do the JJ Virgin 7-Day Challenge and after, if you’re still having problems, consider a low FODMAPS diet.

Mentioned in this episode:

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

Become part of JJ’s community

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

Nourishing Hope for Autism

7 Day Challenge

Nov 27 2019

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How to Live A Longer, Better Life with JJ Virgin

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In today's podcast episode, JJ talks about a topic that is near and dear to her heart: how to slow aging and live a long, vibrant life! Listen as JJ reviews nine awesome suggestions that have been proven to boost longevity and improve health. By putting these practices into use, your health can keep up with your young-at-heart mindset. JJ uses these strategies herself – at age 56, she's healthier, leaner, and fitter than she was in her 20s. Pull up your headphones and take a listen!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get JJ’s free Stress Relief Guide by going to jjvirgin.com/livelonger.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Living to a ripe, old age shouldn’t be your only goal. You should be striving for a high-quality second half.
  2. Put these 9 habits into regular practice. Your health and your mental clarity will improve by leaps and bounds.
  3. You don’t have to be an expert at everything all at once. Try adding one tip at a time until they become a regular habit.

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[0:39] Our goal should be to not only live longer, but also to live longer, better.

[1:50] JJ feels fitter now at 56 than when she was in college, going for a doctorate in exercise physiology with an emphasis on nutrition and anti-aging.

[4:46] 1. JAMA did research on saunas and aging; you will be surprised to find out their results.

[6:30] 2. Incorporating mindfulness into your regular routine can reduce stress levels.

[8:00] 3. A surprising element to living longer, better, is this not-always-so-easy practice.

[9:32] 4. Like to drink? You’re in luck. Coffee, tea and a little alcohol can support longevity.

[13:30] 5. Rely on your people. Having social connections is as healthy for you as quitting this bad habit.

[15:50] 6. Hug your partner! It’s outstanding for your blood pressure.

[16:40] 7. Eating 5-10 servings of this food group every day can reduce your risk of death by 29% or more.

[21:02] 8. Stimulate your brain, challenge yourself to learn something new every day.

[21:35] 9. Giving your time and your money stimulates this center in your brain.

Action Step: Print out the 9 suggestions. Pick one of the easier ones to implement first and journal every day. Once it becomes a habit and part of your life, move on to another.

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Sunlighten Saunas

40 Years of Zen by Dave Asprey

Dry Farm Wines

Bulletproof Coffee

Pique Tea

Sugar Impact Diet

Miracle Noodles

Just Like My Child Foundation

Nick Ortner’s Tapping Solution app

Nov 23 2019

28mins

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Friday Q&A: How Much Sugar is Okay to Eat in a Day?

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It’s time for another Q&A! In today’s episode, a viewer asks if making a smoothie with bananas is a good snack for combatting afternoon slumps. JJ suggests tracking habits to determine why a slump is happening in the first place, and offers suggestions on how to eat correctly so you feel full and energized 4-6 hours between meals. Tune in for more.

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:30] What is your opinion on frozen bananas used in shakes to help combat an afternoon slump?

[0:54] Anonymous wondered if she should eat a recommended 3 servings of sugar a day?

[1:00]  JJ offers suggestions for figuring out why you are having an afternoon slump at all.

[2:10] If you’re eating the proper balance of these things, you should feel great for 4 to 6 hours between meals.

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Reignite Wellness 365 membership

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Sugar Impact Diet

Breakthrough Carb Intolerance Online Program

The Powerful Truth About Whether You Should Snack blog

Nov 22 2019

5mins

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Improving Your Intuition to Develop Healthier Habits with Razi Berry

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Razi Berry, expert in naturopathic medicine, joins JJ today, discussing how being disconnected from ourselves and others has impacted our ability to hear what our bodies are telling us. Because we don’t have that communication, we make choices based on outside influences for when and how much to eat.  Doing a few key exercises and eating foods that feed the emotional centers in our brains can improve body intuition, thereby improving our health. Listen to this wonderfully enlightening episode now!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Razi’s free Secret to Unlocking Your Intuition by going to jjvirgin.com/intuition.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Being disconnected from our bodies has impacted our ability to self-regulate. Disconnecting is the basis for many eating disorders.
  2. Improving our intuition can help us get healthier. Lack of listening affects our ability to know when and how much we should eat.
  3. Doing a few exercises each day can help you reconnect with your body. You’ll improve your ability to hear the signals your body is giving you to make better choices.

Episode Play-By-Play

[5:30] How Razi got to the point she is at now

[8:00] Naturopathic medicine operates on the idea that your body heals itself when you supply it with this.

[8:50] Eating disorders result from a disconnection from your body.

[9:44] Why are people so disconnected from their bodies that they don’t associate what they’re doing with putting their body in harm?

[11:55] When we don’t use our senses, they atrophy, including our ability to recognize the inner voice of our own bodies.

[14:05] Instead of listening to our own bodies, we let outside influences, like time and Google dictate what time to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat.

[16:00] A definition of chemosense; our sense of smell isn’t only in our nose.

[17:10] How can we reconnect, strengthen that intuition?

[17:51] A few exercises to increase our sensitivity and our sensibility

[19:01] What you do with your body translates to this system

[20:15] Doing these few exercises helps increase your interoceptive accuracy.

[21:00] Certain foods have similar effects on our brains.

[24:28] We need to get back to trusting ourselves.

[25:50] Why Razi called her podcast Love is Medicine

[27:20] Women are caretakers, we need to remember that we are the first person we should be taking care of.

Action Step: Connect back into your body and truly listen. For example, only eat when you’re truly hungry, not because you were triggered by a suggestion or because of the time on the clock.  And, think of ways you can connect more to others in your life.

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Nov 20 2019

33mins

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The Amazing and Varied Health Benefits of Chocolate with JJ Virgin

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Today JJ talks about the incredible benefits that consuming just a little bit of high quality dark chocolate every day can make in your health. Listen to find out how dark chocolate can help with everything from improved brain function and a healthier heart to increased insulin sensitivity and better skin. What kind of chocolate and how much should you eat? Tune in and find out, plus learn about JJ's favorite ways to incorporate dark chocolate into her routine!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get JJ’s free Chocoholic Recipe Guide by going to jjvirgin.com/darkchocolate.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Chocolate has incredible health benefits. It can help with your heart, your brain and your skin, just for starters.
  2. You should eat dark chocolate every day. Here’s what to look for and how much to eat.
  3. Make sure to stay away from sneaky sugar in your chocolate. JJ recommends a few ways you can get more dark chocolate into your diet.

Episode Play-By-Play

[3:50] Eat dark chocolate every day, but look for these qualities.

[4:55] How much chocolate should you eat every day?

[5:11] You’re going to be amazed at some of chocolate’s benefits.

[10:29] Dark, not milk. Keep the sugar and milk out of your chocolate.

[11:00] Higher cacao count is better because you get more of this

[11:50] Suggestions for getting more dark chocolate in your diet

[14:02] If you add in foods that are good for you like dark chocolate, it may keep you from eating things that aren’t so great for you.

Mentioned in this episode:

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

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Soma Chocolatemaker

Sunlove Protection by Annamarie Gianni

Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe

Lily’s Dark Chocolate

Bulletproof Dark Chocolate

The Virgin Diet

Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook

Nov 16 2019

15mins

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Friday Q&A: What’s More Important, Sleep Quantity or Sleep Quality?

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It’s time for another Q&A! In today’s episode, JJ discusses how many hours of sleep we really need, and what other factor is just as important. She’ll also review tips on how you can get a better night’s sleep every night. Listen in today for this information-packed podcast!

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:45] How many hours of sleep do you really need?

[1:00] What’s more important than sleep quantity?

[2:00] Supplements that can help you get to sleep

[3:05] Techniques & products that contribute to a better night’s sleep

Mentioned in this episode:

Reignite Wellness 365 membership

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

Become part of JJ’s community

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Sleep Candy

Tempur Pedic Eye Mask

Samina Mattress

Nov 15 2019

4mins

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How to Use Castor Oil to Achieve Outstanding Digestive Health with Dr. Marisol Teijeiro

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Dr. Marisol Teijeiro, better known as Queen of the Thrones, is a leader in natural medicine and an expert on gut health. She joins JJ today as they discuss how using castor oil packs can improve your digestive health! Listen as Dr. Marisol shares factors that can contribute to uncomfortable digestive symptoms, including bad bacteria and biofilm in your gut. Dr. Marisol also reviews the many amazing healing benefits of castor oil and how it can help ease your symptoms, as well as the best things to look for when choosing a high-quality castor oil pack. Plus, do you know which foods could be triggering digestive symptoms? Dr. Marisol has some ways to find out!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Dr. Marisol’s free 50 Shades of Poop guide and link to castor oil packs by going to jjvirgin.com/castoroil.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. 14-21% of the world suffers from IBS. Symptoms of IBS are very common, yet treated with stigma.
  2. How do you overcome the bad bacteria in your gut? What role does biofilm play in improving your gut health?
  3. This simple treatment applied daily has amazing gut health benefits. It will improve your body’s overall functioning.

Episode Play-By-Play

[2:59]  The link between gut health, inflammation, and foods you are intolerant to

[4:11]  What is castor oil and how does it influence gut health?

[6:45] 14-21% of the population suffers from IBS, worldwide.

[8:50] The difference between good and bad bacteria

[9:10] What is biofilm, and why you need it to be gone

[11:25] Symptoms that indicate you have bad biofilm

[13:00] Ways to improve your biofilm

[14:00] You must track your foods to determine what you are sensitive to, which is not necessarily what the most common sensitivities are.

[15:20] Transit time between men and women differs.

[16:42] Check your own transit time by doing this at dinner.

[18:14] Two great suggestions to improve your biofilm and transit time

[22:36] Benefits of a castor oil pack (FAITH)

[36:26] What are the things to look for in a good castor oil?

[37:00] Toxins, chemicals that are in plastics, can move into oils. So, you should never buy oils in plastic.

Action Step and Challenge: Take the 7 Day Castor Oil challenge

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Dr. Marisol previous episode

Oh Sh*t! By Dr. Marisol

Nov 13 2019

44mins

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget with JJ Virgin

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In today’s enlightening podcast episode, JJ tells listeners how shopping smart and stocking up with these essentials means you can afford to eat according to The Virgin Diet and Sugar Impact Diet.You’ll learn JJ’s secrets for getting high-quality, clean food in your pantry for no more than you already spend, and hints for how to make your food dollars stretch.

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get JJ’s free worksheet by going to jjvirgin.com/budget.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Eating healthy on a budget is achievable. It may even be cheaper than buying processed food.
  2. Keep these 7 essentials in your pantry. These ingredients are the basis for many different recipes.
  3. Watch for sales and stock up. Buy in bulk when the high-quality food you love is discounted.

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:45]  How can I eat healthy on a budget?

[1:30]  How do healthy, Virgin Diet- and Sugar Impact Diet-approved foods compare cost-wise to a family’s average foods?

[2:15]  What foods to keep in your kitchen

[3:40]  What to avoid to stay under budget

[6:00]  7 essentials to keep in your pantry

[7:30]  Watch for sales and stock up.

[11:30] Buy organic fruit when it’s on sale and freeze what you don’t immediately eat.

[17:05] Subscribe & Save is a super easy way to make sure you’ve always got this staple on hand.

Action Steps

  1. Stock up on good food when it’s on sale.
  2. Make food once, use it multiple times throughout the week
  3. If your fresh food is starting to look a little wilted, throw it in the freezer.
  4. Invest in glass storage containers.

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Vital Choice

Thrive Market

So Delicious Coconut Milk on JJ’s Amazon Influencer page

Paleo Treats

Dr. Kelly Ann Petrucci

Chocolate Cherry Chia Protein Shake

Chicken Zoodle Stir Fry

Nov 09 2019

21mins

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Friday Q&A: Why Do I Call Potatoes "Nature’s Diet Pill"?

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It’s time for another Q&A! JJ talks about potatoes in today’s Q&A episode. Recent studies show that potatoes are healthier than previously thought, high in resistant starch, and helpful with gut bacteria. Want to know JJ’s favorite way to prepare potatoes? Make sure you listen to today’s podcast to find out.

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:01]  Potatoes are nature’s diet pill

[1:16]  JJ used to consider them high sugar impact, but now are medium-sugar impact, because of this.

[1:25] What is resistant starch, and how do you make potatoes the right way to get more of it?

[2:00]  JJ’s favorite recipe to prepare potatoes, and serving suggestions for getting the most resistant starch out of them.

[2:50]  Resistant starch means food resists digestion, & inhibits the rise in glucose and insulin that easy-to-digest carbohydrates cause.

[3:00]  Potatoes are good for gut bacteria and help you burn more fat.

[3:25]  Don’t get greedy...Only eat one cup for a serving.

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Recipes at jjvirgin.com

Reignite Wellness 365 membership

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

Become part of JJ’s community

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

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JJ Virgin on YouTube

Gut Health Guide

Nov 08 2019

4mins

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Discovering the Link Between Menopause and Alzheimer’s with Dr. Lisa Mosconi

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World-renowned neuroscientist and neuro-nutritionist Dr. Lisa Mosconi joins JJ today as they discuss a vitally important topic: women’s brain health. Women's brains age distinctly from men's, due in large part to the decline of a key brain-protective hormone: estrogen. Dr. Lisa and JJ discuss the roles of estrogen in the body and the brain, as well as the connection between menopause and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Many factors contribute to risk for Alzheimer’s, but a lot of them boil down to inflammation, and adjusting lifestyle can help reduce the risk. JJ and Dr. Lisa also discuss foods that are harmful and foods that are helpful in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Dr. Lisa’s free handout by going to jjvirgin.com/xxbrain.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Women’s brains are very different from men’s. One interesting way is that women’s brains age differently.
  2. Menopause has a huge impact on the brain. Symptoms associated with menopause don’t start in your ovaries, they start in your brain.
  3. Alzheimer’s disease is caused by many factors. Many of them can be improved by adjusting diet and lifestyle now.

Episode Play-By-Play

[1:00]   Talking about women’s brains and how they differ from men’s

[4:15]   How Dr. Lisa, as a neuroscientist, got involved in studying women’s brains

[7:55]   How different are women’s brains from men’s and how specifically are they different?

[8:55]   Men’s brains and women’s brains age differently.

[9:30]   Women’s brains are really impacted by this condition that every woman goes through.

[9:50]   How is it good that women’s brains are more interconnected?

[11:35]  Men go through andropause, the male equivalent of menopause, but the effect on the body is very different.

[13:30]  Symptoms typically associated with menopause don’t start in your ovaries, they start in your brain.

[15:00]  Sex hormones aren’t related only to reproduction, they’re strongly involved with brain function.

[15:20]  Estrogen serves a number of functions that have to do with energy.

[16:30]  Dr. Lisa’s thoughts on bioidentical hormone replacement

[17:50]  Many factors contribute to risk for Alzheimers, but a lot of them boil down to inflammation, and adjusting lifestyle can help reduce the risk.

[18:30] Some other factors that increase risk

[20:33] Foods that are big no-no’s for your brain health; trans fats (processed foods) are one of the worst, and particularly bad for women.

[22:02] 3 key nutrients for women’s brains and some of the best places to find them

[28:04] Eating this food once a week has been associated with a later onset of menopause.

[29:30] You can’t unscramble an egg. Take prevention measures now to prevent Alzheimer’s later. Don’t wait too long to begin.

[30:45] How you can incorporate lessons from today’s topic in your life

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The XX Brain

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Nov 06 2019

33mins

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Is Snacking Healthy? with JJ Virgin

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In today’s episode, JJ reveals the truth about snacking! Listen to find out how snacking can work against you, as well as how to manage your meals to keep the munchies in check. JJ also explains when to make exceptions for snacking, including healthy snack options that won’t derail your eating plan. Plus, find out JJ’s top tips to help you conquer your cravings once and for all! 

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get JJ’s free Are You A Sugar Burner or Fat Burner Quiz by going to jjvirgin.com/snack.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. When you’re snacking throughout the day, you train your body to expect food all the time. That means your body doesn’t have a reason to access stored fat for fuel.
  2. The key to staying full between meals is to include clean, lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber at every meal. JJ likes to call this trio of nutrients the “satiety trifecta.”
  3. Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. Studies have shown that drinking a glass of water cuts hunger 100% of the time.

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:33] JJ’s invitation to join Frito Lay’s snacking council

[1:10] Introduction to today’s episode

[1:40] JJ’s experience with snacking when working as a personal trainer

[2:55] Listener shout-out

[4:57] Should you or shouldn’t you snack?

[5:25] Snacking raises your blood sugar.

[5:28] The drawbacks of chronically elevated blood sugar and insulin levels

[7:08] The era of snacking on low-fat foods

[8:25] How can you tell if you’re a sugar burner?

[9:28] When you’re metabolically flexible, you can go longer between meals.

[10:30] Why JJ likes the phrase, “Hunger equals younger”

[11:00] Strategies to stop snacking

[11:15] Step one: improve your food quality

[12:02] What is the second meal phenomenon?

[12:30] The benefits of clean, lean protein

[13:22] How healthy fats keep you full

[14:27] The advantages of fiber

[16:35] More strategies for extending the time between meals

[17:18] Often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty.

[17:42] L-glutamine can help fight cravings.

[17:58] JJ always carries her bars with her when she’s on the road.

[20:05] JJ’s key takeaways and action steps from today’s episode

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How to Build A Balanced Meal: The Sugar Impact Plate

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JJ Virgin Bars

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Nov 02 2019

22mins

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Friday Q&A: Are Honey & Stevia the Best Sugar Alternatives?

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It’s time for another Q&A! In today’s episode, JJ discusses how sugar impacts our body, and whether alternatives to sugar are safe and healthy to consume. She explains that honey contains fructose, and how that impacts your body. JJ also shares her top options that you should add into your diet to replace sweeteners. Plus, she suggests the best alternative sweeteners to use in declining amounts. Listen in today for this information-packed podcast!

Episode Play-By-Play

[0:32] 2 questions being addressed today. Is organic stevia safe? And, is natural honey okay?

[1:00] JJ describes sugar in general and how our body uses it.

[1:20] If you want to use a sweetener, make sure it helps the body and doesn’t hurt it.

[1:35] JJ addresses honey and tells what the effects are on the body.

[2:13] Honey contains both fructose and glucose. Fructose doesn’t raise blood sugar, which is a problem because of this reason.

[2:45] You can make sugar slowly from foods that are high in this ingredient.

[2:50] Some of my favorite high fiber foods are squash, non starchy veggies and berries.

[3:18] When is it okay to use a small amount of honey?

[4:00] Here are JJ’s sweetener recommendations.

[4:50] Even for these sweeteners, you should be using them in decreasing portions.

[5:00] Instead of sugar, follow these guidelines and condition your body to need less and less sweet.

[6:05] Artificial sweeteners are the worst for your body by changing these functions, plus they trigger caloric disruption.

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Recipes at jjvirgin.com

Reignite Wellness 365 membership

Subscribe to Reignite Wellness with JJ Virgin

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Gut Health Guide

Nov 01 2019

7mins

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How to Optimize the Circadian Rhythm of Your Fat Cells with Dr. Fiona McCulloch

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Dr. Fiona McCulloch joins JJ on today’s episode. She is a naturopathic doctor and founder of White Lotus Integrative Medicine in Toronto, Canada. Her book, 8 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS, offers methods for the natural treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Dr Fiona and JJ discuss how circadian rhythm affects the fat cells in our bodies. Fat cells produce hormones, break down chemicals and inform the brain on energy stores. When we learn the most efficient time to eat, not only can we optimize our metabolism, but our bodies are also able to function much easier!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get Dr. Fiona’s free Food Insulin Demand List by going to jjvirgin.com/drfionaclock

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Fat cells are affected by circadian rhythms. They perform very different tasks in the morning than they do at night.
  2. Fat cells do more than just store excess weight. They play an important role in many different processes in the body.
  3. To adjust our diets to take advantage of the circadian rhythm, Dr. Fiona recommends fasting overnight. Close your kitchen after dinner!

Episode Play-By-Play

[1:13] Discussing fat cells and circadian rhythm

[1:20] When to eat is almost as important as what to eat

[4:13] What is circadian rhythm and why does it matter?

[4:30] Cortisol actually has a higher activity rate at this time of day

[5:50] How does circadian rhythm affect the body’s ability to lose weight?

[7:13] Fat is more than just a type of weight. It plays an important role in hormone function and informing the brain about this.

[7:50] How does circadian rhythm affect fat cells and how they function?

[7:55] Dr Fiona discusses the results of a study done on a group of people.

[8:55] There was a profound difference in what fat cells were doing in the morning and at nighttime.

[10:22] JJ talks about progression of thinking about how often you should eat, what window of time you should eat.

[11:14] How the circadian rhythm ties in with intermittent fasting times

[12:45] Fat cells are just as affected by the times we eat as they are by the food we eat.

[13:30] How many hours before bed should you stop eating?

[14:40] If you’re going to overindulge, what are the best times of day?

[16:30] The best window of time to eat

[17:50] One of the big factors Dr Fiona looks at is insulin resistance. If someone is really struggling, periods of fasting are times when there will be minimal insulin in the body.

[18:50] When you are constantly eating, you interfere with the body’s normal functioning, which requires a fasting state to operate optimally.

[19:40] Dr. Fiona’s free Food Insulin Demand list is a matrix that shows how much insulin is produced when eating a certain food.

Challenge: Close the kitchen 3 hours before bed. Fast for at least 12 hours overnight, a 14-16-hour fast is even better.

Mentioned in this episode:

8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS

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Oct 30 2019

23mins

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Harmful Habits That Make You Store Body Fat with JJ Virgin

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The habits that make you store fat can easily sneak into your daily life! Listen as JJ explains the top culprits behind fat storage, from poor sleep and chronic stress to snacking and the wrong type of exercise. JJ also shares how to avoid those common pitfalls so you can upgrade your fat metabolism for good!

Freebies From Today’s Episode

Get JJ’s free “Are You a Sugar Burner or Fat Burner?” quiz by going to jjvirgin.com/storefat.

Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. You don’t change your health overnight. You change it over time, going through habits one by one that are not working for you.
  2. While most people focus on what they can do to burn more fat, it’s crucial to know the common habits that can make you store excess body fat in the first place. JJ talks about the 9 worst habits for your waistline.
  3. This one may be a surprise: prolonged steady-state endurance exercise can make you store fat! JJ explains how you can work out in less time and get better results.

Episode Play-By-Play

[:32] Introduction to today’s episode

[1:10] How to submit a question for the Friday Q&A episodes

[1:35] JJ’s story of struggling to lose weight in the past

[3:08] Listener shout-out

[5:04] The top habits that make you store fat

[5:34] When you don’t sleep well, you become more insulin resistant.

[5:55] The impact of lack of sleep on your hunger hormones

[7:15] Why it’s important to track your sleep 

[8:01] JJ’s experience with chronic stress, and how chronic stress can lead to excess belly fat

[10:02] Strategies to manage your stress levels

[10:43] The link between too much fructose and fat storage

[12:24] How prolonged endurance exercise can make your body store fat

[14:10] The dark side of snacking

[14:35] How to shrink your eating window

[15:38] Protein, healthy fat, and fiber helps keep your blood sugar stable.

[16:06] Alcohol sidelines fat burning and stimulates your appetite.

[16:42] Why you shouldn’t eat late at night

[17:19] JJ’s tips on meal timing

[18:30] Why highly reactive foods could be stalling your progress

[19:55] Which sugars to choose and which to lose

[21:52] JJ’s takeaways from today’s episode and next steps

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Oura Ring

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Ziva Meditation

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Fast Fitness Online Program

Xiser

Dry Farm Wines

7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge

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Oct 26 2019

24mins

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Friday Q&A: Should You Drink Kombucha?

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It’s time for another Q&A! Today, JJ answers the question what are good reasons to drink kombucha. JJ suggests figuring out why you want to add it into your diet, suggests guidelines for choosing a good quality product, and offers some alternative foods that will provide similar effects.

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[0:30] Question #1: What are your reasons for drinking kombucha?

[1:00] What are you hoping to accomplish by incorporating kombucha?  

[1:22] If you drink kombucha, here are some guidelines on how to select a good one.

[1:35] JJ’s recommendation

[2:10] If you’re drinking kombucha for the pre- and/or probiotics, JJ offers additional food sources.

[2:55] JJ suggests taking any new food into your diet should be done gradually as your body adjusts.

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Oct 25 2019

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