Archives for July 2010

My Beef With Nutritional Score Systems

By JJ Virgin A colleague recently shared a Wall Street Journal article about grocery stores using a new nutritional-scoring system called NuVal. The system scores foods on a scale of 1 to 100 (1 being devoid of nutritional value and 100 being super-healthy). It’s based on a complex algorithm that can only be modified by a seven-member panel of food and health experts from various universities. I’m a bit conflicted about this concept. On the one … [Read more...]

Why Diets Don’t Work

By JJ Virgin I recently read that British women spend tens of thousands of pounds on diets over the course of their lifetime and each diet lasts only 19 days on average. If you’ve seen or read Bridget Jones Diary, you probably weren’t surprised. Unfortunately, though, American women often have the same problems: yo-yo dieting and expensive eating plans that fizzle out quickly and fail to keep off the pounds long-term. This is why I hate the … [Read more...]


By JJ Virgin There is nothing that says "home sweet home" quite as much as making your house a place that fosters great health. I believe that your motivation starts within the walls of your casa. There is a big difference between a home that's filled with unhealthy habits and one that is dedicated to the best you possible. Here are a few tips to make sure your home is good for your health. *Clear Out a Space for Your Workouts. I don't care … [Read more...]

"Super Fly" Fried Rice (gluten & Dairy Free)

1 package precooked organic brown rice 2 tsp coconut oil (available in jar--solid & white when unheated) 1/4 cup organic chicken broth (love the little "juice box" size from Whole Foods) 1 red bell pepper finely sliced length wise, then cut in half 1-2 chopped green onions (scallions) 1.5 cups steamed broccoli florets (make sure they are still very green--do not over cook) 1/4 cup slivered almonds 1 TB sesame seed oil 2 TB gluten free … [Read more...]

Drooling Over Dessert? It Could Be Your Genes

By JJ Virgin Ever watched a friend forego German chocolate cake and virtuously nibble on fruit instead? It probably made you think, “how come she’s so healthy and skinny, and I’m desperate for dessert? I want to have her figure and eat my cake!” It turns out there could be a scientific reason why some people can easily push aside sweets and others (especially those who are obese) simply can’t resist. Researchers at Columbia University found … [Read more...]

Enough With the Soda!

By JJ Virgin Few people realize how much sugar and how many empty calories are in a single can of Coke. In fact, a study at Harvard School of Public Health found that women who consume soda or sweetened fruit drinks were more likely to develop Type II diabetes as compared to those who drank sweetened drinks once a month or less often. And diet sodas aren’t much better, because they trick your taste buds into craving sweet things instead of … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Shrimp Wrap

Gluten Free Shrimp Wrap 3-6 oz wild caught cooked shrimp (fresh or frozen, warm or cold) 1 cup chopped romaine 1/4 tomato diced 2 tsp (or a dash) extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp high quality balsamic OR  rice vinegar OR fresh lemon juice pinch of sea salt & fresh ground pepper 1/4 avocado cubed 1 brown rice tortilla wrap (in refrigerated section of grocery store) Rinse & drain shrimp (if you need to heat or cook it make sure you sautee it … [Read more...]

Fight Fat With These Three Ingredients

Fight Fat With These Three Ingredients By JJ Virgin Want to whittle your middle? Who doesn’t? MSN Nutrition recently published a piece on three ingredients that can help you trim your waistline. Here’s my take on these fat-fighting foods. Fiber – I’m not a huge advocate for grains, I like to keep them to the gluten-free ones and limited to 1 -2 servings per day, but I do recommend that all my clients eat fiber, for many of the same reasons … [Read more...]

How to Curb Sugar Cravings

How to Curb Sugar Cravings By JJ Virgin It’s time for a reality check.  According to recent stats from the American Heart Association’s statement on Dietary Sugars and Cardiovascular Health, American’s sugar consumption has jumped 20% over the last 35 years. Most Americans consume a whopping 22 to 30 teaspoons a day, which translates to an extra 350 to 475 empty, worthless, fat-inducing calories per day. Just one regular soda consumed daily … [Read more...]

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