Less Grabbing, More Thanks: My New Huffington Post Blog

JJ family feastI was walking down the street when I saw the sign: one of my favorite stores was advertising Black Friday.

It can’t be… I thought.

Yeah, it is. It’s that time of year, when everyone gathers to eat too much, spend time with family and friends, and everything else Thanksgiving encompasses.

It’s happening soon, whether we like it or not.

Can we all agree this Thanksgiving that we won’t surrender to gluttony and engulf everything within eyesight? Even if dinner itself goes well, you’ve got the problematic aftermath, aka boredom and leftovers.

I’ve brainstormed some strategies to survive the holiday with your dignity intact in my new Huffington Post blog. You can read it here.

I want your strategies for Thanksgiving. What are your tried-and-true methods (with food, family, or otherwise) to get through the day happily and, well, giving thanks? Share your thoughts below, on my Huffington Post blog, or on my Facebook fan page.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

© 2013 JJ Virgin & Associates, Inc. Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin helps clients lose weight fast by breaking free from food allergies.  She is the bestselling author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy, a Huffington Post blogger, creator of the 4X4 Burst Training Workout & co-star of TLC’s Freaky Eaters. Her latest book, New York Times Bestseller The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days, is out now. Learn more at

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  1. Carrie Mobley says:

    Hi JJ This is Carrie Mobley. I was a host for a PBS pledge drive in Tampa FL when you were on your tour promoting. I’m pretty sure, at the time, skeptical would have been a nice way of saying how I felt about the idea that I could possibly be allergic or sensitive to any of the foods in the Virgin diet. But, regardless of how I felt about it at the time, I did start to pay a bit more attention to my eating of those 7 foods and my body’s reaction afterwards. I have to tell you, though I’m sure you already know this, I was wrong. I now completely classify myself as gluten intolerant. And ironically enough, my husband feels the same way about peanuts, also since your existence in our lives. I wanted you to know that, because I would want to know if I helped someone, even if they were resistant to my help, or ignorant in their need of my help. I was both. So, thank you so very much. I’m a fan. And I pass along your message whenever I get the chance. Good luck to you and enjoy the holiday season!

    Carrie Mobley

  2. This is super off topic, but your book is a God send to me. I have lost over 70 lbs thanks to your help. I slipped on June and now I’m doing everything I can think of to help motivate and guide me. I went on fitness pal and posted a comment about the Virgin Diet. People are so confused about your diet that it’s infuriating. Anyway, Thank you JJ. You’ve changed my life. :)

  3. I am a fairly new health coach and have been using this statement with my clients to get them to think about the holidays with a plan. Start preparing now with this thought
    “Feast on Family and Friends, instead of Food and Folly”

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