5 Sneaky Sugar Health Impostors (You’re Not Gonna Believe #3!)

More of us make healthy food choices these days, skipping out on high-sugar impact, trans fat, soy and other food intolerances, and processed foods loaded with junk ingredients. We’ve also become smart enough to know fat-free cookies taste like cardboard, those 100-calorie packs become a gateway to overeating, and most processed foods with hyperbolic health claims simply incorporate crafty marketing. Even though we’ve become nutritionally … [Read more...]

My Top 7 Fat Loss Rock Stars (#5 Might Shock You!)


“Name seven must-have foods and drinks that belong in every health-minded person’s repertoire to stay lean and energetic,” a national magazine recently asked me. I love and hate these questions. Passionate as I become researching and writing about my favorites, narrowing them down to seven becomes like asking me to choose just seven pairs of killer shoes for a three-week media tour. Like, Really, can't it be about 20? Plus I can already … [Read more...]

My #1 Fast, Lasting Fat Loss Needle Mover (Hint: It’s Not Diet or Exercise)

"If you could summarize your entire plan into just one thing..." someone occasionally asks me. I'm sure they expect me to suggest going low-sugar impact, addressing food intolerances, or cutting out crappy foods. Here's my answer, which combines all of those criteria and wraps them up into one delicious, convenient shake. If you could choose just one thing to lose weight and become your best self, simply switch out breakfast for a protein … [Read more...]

A Low-Sugar Impact Candy Bar that Will Rival Your Favorite


"3 Musketeers®, because I was fat-phobic!" one person said. "Anything in the Hershey's® family," said another. When it became my turn, I didn't need to think. "Without a doubt, Mounds®," I replied. A group of us gathered over wine and cocktails at a recent nutrition conference when someone posed the question: What was your favorite candy bar as a kid? While decidedly not a nutritionist question, it certainly elicited spirited replies. On … [Read more...]

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


  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

Pouring a glass of cola

“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

Shocked woman inspecting a nutrition label

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


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...]

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