Happy 4th of July! I have a cool gift for you!

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While millions are taking it easy & celebrating with fattening foods, this is actually one of the best days for YOU to lose weight. (Think of it as your mid year New Year's Day :-) ) Whether you want to spice things up with Spice-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Raw Tomato Salsa and/or Spicy Chicken Burgers, get your veggie on with some Grilled Asparagus and/or Quinoa Salad with Summer Vegetables, and/or healthily indulge with some … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Get More Greens

Put 10 nutritionists in a room and we'll agree about very little. But you know the one thing I can practically guarantee we'll unanimously consent to? Everyone needs to eat more vegetables. When I say vegetables, I'm talking about non-starchy, low-sugar impact, high-fiber veggies. Basically, these are unlimited foods. The more leafy and cruciferous veggies you eat, the better. Why are you always being told to eat your veggies, and why am … [Read more...]

My Secret Weapon for a Great Night’s Sleep

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  I had done everything correctly. I powered down my Macbook by 9 p.m., took a hot bath with some chamomile tea and a well-worn copy of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov -- OK, just kidding; a trashy novel -- and drifted into a pleasant, relaxed state fully prepared to get a great night's sleep. Flash forward two hours, when I suddenly had a second wind and sleep became the last thing on my mind. Even though I knew I'd feel like … [Read more...]

Why Apple Juice is Worse for You Than Soda

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“Apple juice is worse for you than soda,” I declared on social media last week, unleashing a torrent of comments that I was being sensationalistic or overstating my case. Others expressed confusion about why fruit juice, which often parades around in grocery stores with an undeserved health halo, could really be so bad. Consider the difference between a carrot and carrot juice, an orange and orange juice. You wouldn’t sit down and eat four … [Read more...]

Too Hot to Handle: How My New Wellness Blog Created Controversy

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My new book, JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook: 150 Low-Sugar Recipes to Help You Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks, received numerous accolades upon its publication last Tuesday, but the real buzz came from a blog I published on Wellness. I've been publishing on Wellness for a few months now. They offer fantastic information, and if you haven't already, take a few minutes to check out their site. FYI: Two of my blogs made their main … [Read more...]

Fat-Burning Hummus for Your Next Cookout

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Memorial Day initiates the warm-weather season. Like mine, your calendar probably becomes booked with cookouts, BBQs, and other outdoor social functions, most of which inevitably involve food. "I always feel terrified, like I'm about to give a speech in front of thousands of people," a friend once confessed about cookouts. "You just never know what your host will offer, and I've been to too many BBQs that only have fatty, sugary … [Read more...]

My Secret Weapon to Crush Cravings

Nothing quite satisfies on a hot summer day like lemonade. (I know: Summer's not quite here yet, but I'm really craving the warmth...) Unfortunately, most commercial lemonade varieties come loaded with sugar, and you know better than to use those nasty artificially sweetened powdered mixes. Here's an idea. What if you could create a satisfying, delicious drink that also curbs cravings? I started playing around with recipes and developed my … [Read more...]

Super Greens Shake: Another Fab Recipe from My Upcoming Cookbook

"My kids made me breakfast in bed," my friend said, seemingly embarrassed as she recalled yesterday's well-intended but undoubtedly high-sugar impact Mother's Day meal. "It was gluten-free French toast, and they worked really hard on it so I couldn't say no. And, well, three bites became more than three bites, and then I just kind of gave up and made breakfast an all-day affair." I wanted to reply too bad her kids didn't have my Sugar Impact … [Read more...]

Fat-Burning Almond Butter? Yes, Please

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Wait, how is it already May? Along with warmer weather (at least in most areas) and blossoming tulips, my Sugar Impact Cookbook will be out later this month. (Click on this link to pre-order your copy.) To give you an, uh, taste of the 150 fabulous low-sugar impact recipes, I'm sharing one of my absolute favorites. If you know me, you know my passion - OK,  mad love - for almond butter. The intense aromatics of cinnamon make this version … [Read more...]

10 Must-Have Travel Essentials

"What are your must-have essentials for on the road?" a reader recently asked me. I felt prompted to reply fabulous shoes or photo-ready sleeveless dress, but I knew she referred to nutrition essentials. Whether I'm doing a book tour, attending conferences, or meeting with my publisher, I spend about half my year on the road. Staying on top of my game even with a grueling 14-hour day or holed up in some remote location becomes mandatory. … [Read more...]

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