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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

    Eating healthy on a budget is achievable. It may even be cheaper than buying processed food. Keep these 7 essentials in your pantry. These ingredients are the basis for many different recipes. 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

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

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    Paleo Treats

    Dr. Kelly Ann Petrucci

    Chocolate Cherry Chia Protein Shake

    Chicken Zoodle Stir Fry

  • 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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    Gut Health Guide

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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

    Women’s brains are very different from men’s. One interesting way is that women’s brains age differently. Menopause has a huge impact on the brain. Symptoms associated with menopause don’t start in your ovaries, they start in your brain. 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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  • 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

    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. 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.” 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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  • 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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    Gut Health Guide

  • 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

    Fat cells are affected by circadian rhythms. They perform very different tasks in the morning than they do at night. Fat cells do more than just store excess weight. They play an important role in many different processes in the body. 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.

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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

    You don’t change your health overnight. You change it over time, going through habits one by one that are not working for you. 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. 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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    7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge

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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.

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [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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    Reignite Wellness 365 membership

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  • Emily Lark and JJ discuss back pain; the best way to treat it, the worst things you can do, and stretches and exercises to improve strength and flexibility for a stronger healthier back. Emily Lark is a speaker, author, fitness expert and creator of the internationally bestselling program Back to Life. After living most of her life with debilitating back pain, Emily created a method to naturally heal back pain that has now helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

    Freebies From Today’s Episode

    Get Emily Lark’s free Healthy Back Checklist by going to jjvirgin.com/healthyback.

    Main Points From Today’s Episode

    One of the worst things to do for your back is rest it. Movement and exercise is a better answer. Strength training is essential for every kind of pain we have. The stronger we are, the more support we have for our joints, our backs, everything. Mobility and flexibility are essential for healthy backs. The more malleable our disks are, the easier our backs can adjust.

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [0:04] One of the worst things folks can do is rest their backs.

    [4:27] Emily’s reason for exploring back pain

    [5:44] 80% of people have some experience with back pain.

    [6:06] One of the main reasons for people experiencing back pain

    [8:00] When we have back issues, our tendency is to stop moving, but that’s only making the problem worse.

    [8:40] The more flexible and more malleable our disks are, the easier our backs can adjust.

    [10:00] These are the two main things to focus on if you are having back pain.

    [10:30] Exercising to improve strength & mobility in the core, low back and pelvis

    [11:44] Exercising the core and the glutes creates strong muscles surrounding the pelvis, which helps muscles in the low back release.

    [13:15] Here’s a stretch for tight hips and glutes

    [17:15] Emily feels strength training is essential for every kind of pain we have. And that yoga is the perfect complement.

    [20:45] Healthy back checklist

    Challenge: 6 way mobility, 3 times a day. Record in your daily journal.

    Challenge: Get Emily’s Healthy Back Checklist at jjvirgin.com/healthyback

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    Back to Life - The Complete Healthy Back System

  • Say goodbye to heartburn and acid reflux! In today’s podcast episode, JJ reveals the true cause of heartburn, as well as her top tips on how to relieve heartburn symptoms without resorting to antacids. Listen to find out about the dangerous long-term consequences of acid-reducing medications, as well as the diet and lifestyle strategies that can help you address heartburn symptoms safely and naturally. You don’t have to suffer from heartburn any longer!

    Freebies From Today’s Episode

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

    Main Points From Today’s Episode

    Conventional wisdom says that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), more commonly called heartburn, occurs when too much stomach acid splashes upwards toward your esophagus, creating burning and discomfort. However, research shows that too little – not too much – stomach acid often creates GERD. Over-the-counter antacids and prescription acid-reducing medications often mask underlying problems and can make things worse in the long run. That “little purple pill” has now been proven to cause dangerous vitamin deficiencies and increased risk of osteoporosis, immune problems, and premature death! Losing weight and minimizing problem foods are two strategies that can help relieve heartburn symptoms. Some trigger foods include coffee, tea, tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, and gluten-containing foods.

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [0:35] Introduction to today’s episode

    [1:03] Common symptoms of heartburn

    [2:24] Listener shout-out

    [3:04] Busting the myth that too much stomach acid is the cause of GERD

    [3:48] How stress and aging can contribute to GERD

    [4:48] Antacids don’t fix the underlying problem, and can actually make things worse in the long run.

    [5:02] Too little stomach acid as the culprit behind GERD

    [5:43] The consequences of too little stomach acid

    [6:22] JJ’s story about a man who had been on acid-reducing medication for years and discovered that he had osteoporosis

    [6:45] The adverse effects of acid-reducing medications

    [7:25] Strategies to relieve heartburn naturally

    [7:48] How weight loss can help with GERD

    [8:33] Strategies to help balance blood sugar levels and boost weight loss

    [9:26] Common foods that can trigger heartburn symptoms

    [10:06] Drink up (but at the right time).

    [10:50] Studies show that reducing or eliminating high-sugar impact foods can help relieve GERD.

    [11:41] Why you should drop gluten

    [12:38] Slow down - research shows that people who are plowing through their meals suffer more GERD.

    [14:00] How digestive enzymes with betaine HCl can help

    [14:57] It’s important to get great sleep.

    [15:22] Why you need to stop eating at least 3 hours before bed

    [16:08] Create a power-down hour!

    [16:53] JJ takes Sleep Candy every night.

    [17:24] It’s crucial to manage your stress levels.

    [18:50] Start by picking one thing, and then tracking your symptoms in a journal.

    [19:33] JJ’s top takeaways from today’s episode

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    How to Build a Balanced Meal: The Sugar Impact Plate

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  • If you’re tired during the day, yet struggle to fall asleep at night, you need to listen to this podcast episode! Listen as JJ shares her top tips for getting the quality sleep you need, including her favorite ways to wind down in the evening and how to create a calming bedtime routine. JJ also reveals the things that can interfere with your sleep and how to avoid them so you can get your z’s at night and stay energized all day long!

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [0:30] Introduction to today’s episode

    [0:57] Community question: Do you have quick tips for sleep? I’m super tired during the day and I have insomnia at night.

    [1:13] Establish a routine at night.

    [1:37] What defines a good night’s sleep?

    [1:55] The first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning

    [2:43] Why you should figure out if you’re a slow or fast caffeine metabolizer

    [3:20] Other strategies to wind down at night

    [3:42] It’s important to shut down all electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime.

    [4:08] What you eat at dinner can affect your blood sugar levels during the night. That’s why it’s key to eat a balanced meal with clean, lean protein, healthy fats, and plenty of fiber.

    [4:22] How alcohol can interfere with your sleep

    [4:30] JJ takes her Sleep Candy every night!

    [5:02] The quality of your sleep matters!

    [5:15] How to submit a question for JJ

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  • Dr. Susanne Bennett joins JJ as they discuss the incredible benefits of traditional Korean kimchi, a fermented food easily made. Dr. Susanne Bennett is a holistic chiropractic physician, specializing in allergies, detoxification, gut health and anti-aging medicine and a #1 bestselling author. She explains the benefits of kimchi, and its effect on our health, including how it can help heal your gut, reduce inflammation, support cardiovascular health, and help with diabetes and insulin resistance. We get the run-down of how to make it, how much to consume daily and how long it lasts in your fridge. Tune in for this entertaining and enlightening episode!

    Freebies From Today’s Episode

    Get Dr. Susanne’s free “The Magic of Kimchi” Guide and Cucumber Kimchi recipe by going to jjvirgin.com/kimchi.

    Main Points From Today’s Episode

    Kimchi is a valuable source of good bacteria that can support a healthy gut. Fermented foods have a much higher percentage of bacterial strains than probiotic capsules. Kimchi is easy to make. The vegetables chosen for your kimchi can be customized to your taste. Kimchi strengthens the gut, which helps with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. It also contributes to healthy skin, digestion and fights obesity.

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [1:15] Introduction to today’s episode

    [1:41] Dr. Susanne Bennett’s career briefing

    [2:22] Listener shout-out

    [4:09] Welcoming Dr. Susanne to the show

    [5:55] How Dr. Susanne became interested in kimchi

    [6:30] History of how kimchi is made

    [7:00] Kimchi is vegetables combined with fermentation, which increases good bacteria.

    [7:34] Fermented foods play a major role in the health of our gut microbiome.

    [8:40] Even with the westernization of Korea, the people there are still lean & healthy.

    [10:20] After a visit to Korea, Dr. Susanne saw everyone eats kimchi in addition to large amounts of food that would be traditionally considered high calorie, high fat, high sugar.

    [11:30] She recommends incorporating kimchi using different veggies, building your system up.

    [12:57] Any kind of veggie can be turned into kimchi with these few ingredients.

    [13:30] Kimchi strengthens the gut, and therefore, can help people who suffer from leaky gut-induced autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

    [14:20] A certain type of bacteria found in vegetables in kimchi has anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory effects.

    [15:55] Overcoming challenges when first incorporating kimchi into your diet

    [16:50] The benefits of garlic in kimchi

    [18:11] Do you need to use a starter when making kimchi?

    [18:55] How to make kimchi - 4 easy steps

    [21:30] The difference between sauerkraut and kimchi

    [21:53] Can you get kimchi at the grocery store?

    [22:55] Over-the-counter probiotics have 5 to 10 strains of bacteria. Kimchi has 1000’s.

    [23:15] How kimchi can help reduce inflammation, support cardiovascular health, and help with diabetes and insulin resistance

    [24:28] How quickly someone may notice the benefits of kimchi

    [24:47] Start by gradually including kimchi in your diet, with 1 to 2 tbsp per day at first.

    [25:20] Shelf life of homemade kimchi is 2 to 3 months.

    [27:52] It’s all about health by addition: adding one superfood.

    [28:04] JJ’s challenge: What one thing can you add every single day to make yourself healthier?

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  • Time to get the scoop on collagen! In today’s podcast episode, JJ explains what exactly collagen is and how supplementing with collagen can help with everything from fighting signs of aging like wrinkles, joint pain, and bone loss to supporting your heart and gut health. JJ also shares how much collagen you need to look and feel your best, as well as when extra collagen can help. Plus, find out easy, yummy ways to add collagen to your routine!

    Freebies From Today’s Episode

    Get JJ’s free Gluten-Free Collagen Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe by going to jjvirgin.com/collagen.

    Main Points From Today’s Episode

    Collagen is the most common form of protein in your body. It’s in your skin, hair, nails, bones, ligaments, tendons, muscle tissue – even in your arteries! As soon as we reach age 20, our collagen production begins to decrease by about 1% each year. Supplementing with collagen can help fight signs of aging like wrinkles and joint pain, plus it has been shown to help prevent bone loss. JJ shares easy ways to add collagen to your diet. She loves making yummy, collagen-rich smoothies using her Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Shakes and Complete Beauty Collagen Powder.

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [0:35] Introduction to today’s episode

    [1:17] Listener shout-out

    [3:03] JJ wrote The Virgin Diet to help you become your own personal health detective.

    [4:04] JJ’s thoughts on fasting, including how to prepare your body for success and how to tell if fasting is right for you

    [5:23] Time-restricted feeding triggers a cellular detoxification process called autophagy.

    [6:05] What exactly is collagen and where is it found?

    [6:40] The consequences of lower levels of collagen due to aging

    [6:55] How much collagen you need and reasons you may need more collagen

    [7:17] How collagen can help with signs of aging

    [8:11] Supplementing with collagen can help with joint stiffness and loss of mobility.

    [8:47] JJ’s experience with an injury

    [9:59] Collagen triggers your body to repair the structure of your joints.

    [10:23] The benefits of collagen in supporting bone health

    [11:23] Other nutrients and lifestyle strategies that can help you maintain strong bones

    [12:20] You may be surprised to find out that collagen can help with heart health!

    [13:00] The effects of lean muscle mass on your metabolism

    [14:00] How collagen can help with muscle growth and recovery

    [14:45] When you’re healing from an injury or surgery, you’ll want to increase your collagen intake.

    [15:50] Collagen contains amino acids that heal and soothe the lining of your gut.

    [16:00] What is leaky gut and how can it harm your health?

    [17:20] How to include more collagen in your diet

    [18:11] You can add high-quality collagen powder to just about anything!

    [18:30] Spirulina contains glycine and proline, which are the main amino acids that make up collagen.

    [19:11] JJ’s top takeaways from today’s episode

    [20:22] Easy ways to use collagen before a workout

    [20:52] JJ’s challenge for you

    [21:18] Check in with your symptoms on a regular basis.

    Mentioned in this episode:

    How Much Collagen Do You Need?

    7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge

    Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Protein Shake

    Complete Beauty Collagen Powder

    The Flavor Chef Bone Broth

    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

  • It’s time for another Q&A! Today, JJ is answering 3 top questions from the community. Listen to find out how to stay on track with your healthy eating plan even if your family isn’t board, as well as where to find support and encouragement to help you reach your weight loss goals. Plus, JJ shares her top tips on packing healthy lunches so you can fuel your body with nourishing food while at work or on the go!

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [0:30] Question #1: How do you commit and stay on track when your family isn’t following the same plan?

    [1:03] Start by letting them know what you’re going to do and asking them if they want to be involved.

    [1:25] Grab our yummy recipes and start making them!

    [1:35] How to handle requests from family members for foods that aren’t good for them

    [2:20] When others aren’t forced to follow a healthy eating plan, JJ has noticed that many times, they come around.

    [2:48] JJ’s story about a family of 4 who collectively lost hundreds of pounds

    [3:43] Question #2: I’ve lost 40 pounds, but really need help and encouragement.

    [4:00] When you purchase one of our online programs or join the Reignite Wellness membership site, you get access to our community forum for support and encouragement.

    [4:25] Question #3: I’m starting to take lunches to work and need lots of ideas.

    [5:15] The easiest way to pack healthy lunches is to make extra servings of dinner the night before.

    [5:30] JJ is a fan of using protein from dinner the night before and making a salad the next day.

    [6:08] How to make an ideal salad

    [6:30] How you can use Siete gluten-free tortillas in your lunchbox

    [7:28] Tips for setting your pantry up for success

    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

  • Danna Bowman and Ginny Mahar, two thyroid patient advocates, came up with an idea for using technology to make the journey easier for other thyroid patients than it had been for them. This revolutionary wellness game, THYROID30, helps you hit the refresh button on your diet and lifestyle choices so you can feel better again. Listen as Danna and Ginny explain how their innovative wellness adventure can help you achieve your health goals by collecting all different avenues of help into one location and creating a supportive community for those with thyroid issues. They’ll also talk with JJ about the 8 daily rituals of a thyroid-healthy lifestyle that can help you optimize your thyroid function and improve your quality of life.

    Freebies From Today’s Episode

    Get Danna and Ginny’s free quiz by going to jjvirgin.com/8rituals.

    Main Points From Today’s Episode

    Thyroid disease is difficult to diagnose. Even after a diagnosis and medication, it’s a challenge to find help with diet, exercise and mindset from the medical field. Finding support for symptoms may be a challenge. This ‘invisible’ disease is hard for others to see physical evidence; THYROID30 offers a community of others who share the struggle. Incorporating the 8 rituals into a daily routine will help. These 8 R’s offer a reminder of simple adjustments to make living with a thyroid condition easier.

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [1:45] Incorporating 8 rituals a day that will help you get better results for thyroid issues

    [2:15] Community is really important in this ‘invisible’ disease.

    [3:45] What inspired Danna and Ginny to develop this program

    [5:19] After getting a diagnosis and medication, incorporating diet, lifestyle and mindset changes makes a huge difference.

    [8:55] Some things to look for if you think you might have a thyroid issue

    [10:18] Once diagnosed, what are some things you should do?

    [11:40] Start with the 8 Daily Rituals. Number one is Remember. Did you remember to take your medication and supplements?

    [11:58] Number two is Refuel, which is everything you consume (food or drink).

    [12:25] Number three is Reactivate. This one is about movement, staying active and listening to your body.

    [13:27] Number four is Repair - healing the gut

    [13:44] Five is Rejuvenate, or daily self-care of some kind. Coping with, and managing stress is a powerful aspect of healing.

    [15:33] Number six is Reducing heavy metals and environmental toxins in our homes and bodies.

    [16:00] Seven is Relishing small victories, finding support and allowing yourself to be supported. Connecting and celebrating our victories along the way, no matter how small.

    [16:22] Eight is Recharge, which is sleep. A good night’s rest is foundational.

    [16:58] JJ talks about how big a role sleep plays in your health, tone of your skin, losing weight, energy, focus, and more.

    [17:42] One of the things JJ values most and has in common with Danna and Ginny is the importance of community.

    [20:58] Thyroid30 is a 30-day wellness app that uses gamification technology. They made it fun for thyroid sufferers to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

    [23:17] Another thing Thyroid30 does is bring together all the different elements of everything you should be doing and puts them all in one place.

    [Action Step] Download the quiz and the 8 rituals.

    [Action Step] Don’t skip the ritual of rejuvenate! What is your self-care routine and what can you do to take that up a notch?

    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

    Thyroid Strong by Dr. Emily Kiberd

    Direct-to-Consumer Lab Testing

    Telemedicine through Dr. Alan Christianson

  • If you’ve heard the recent buzz about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and you’re wondering if it’s true, you’ve come to the right place! In today’s podcast episode, JJ explains exactly what apple cider vinegar is, as well as the advantages of this incredible multitasker. Listen as JJ shares how apple cider vinegar can support gut health and fight infection, plus help balance blood sugar levels and insulin levels. And learn easy, yummy ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily routine!

    Freebies From Today’s Episode

    Get JJ’s free Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea recipe by going to jjvirgin.com/acv.

    Main Points From Today’s Episode

    Apple cider vinegar is a health food that’s been around for ages! It’s made by taking crushed apples through a fermentation process to create probiotics and enzymes that are healthy for the gut. Vinegars, including apple cider vinegar, help balance your blood sugar and insulin levels. In fact, vinegar almost acts like a natural form of metformin, a drug that helps lower your insulin response to a meal. One easy way to incorporate apple cider into your routine is to use it in salad dressings. Another easy way is to make JJ’s Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea!

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [:31] Introduction to today’s episode

    [1:30] Listener shout-out

    [3:25] What exactly is apple cider vinegar?

    [4:05] How apple cider vinegar supports a healthy gut microbiome

    [4:59] Enzymes in apple cider vinegar can help break down your food.

    [5:24] The fat-burning benefits of apple cider vinegar

    [5:57] How apple cider vinegar helps suppress your appetite

    [6:42] Vinegars, including apple cider vinegar, help balance your blood sugar and insulin levels.

    [7:28] The powerful antimicrobial benefits of apple cider vinegar

    [7:48] How antibiotics can damage your gut

    [8:46] Summary of the benefits of apple cider vinegar

    [9:00] How much apple cider vinegar should you consume each day?

    [9:37] How to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your routine

    [10:52] Highlights from season 2 of the podcast

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Top 5 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

    Subscribe to the podcast

    Become part of JJ’s community

    JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

    JJ Virgin on Instagram

    JJ Virgin on YouTube

  • Welcome to Friday Q&A with JJ! In today’s episode, JJ answers 3 top questions from the community. Listen as JJ reveals how how much vitamin D you need, including the best way to test your vitamin D levels and why it’s key to take vitamin K along with vitamin D. JJ also shares the best time to work out and what you can do to make exercise a priority in your schedule. Plus, find out the answer to an age-old question: should you eat breakfast in the morning?

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [0:36] Introduction to Season 2 of the podcast

    [1:50] Question 1: How much vitamin D should I take?

    [2:48] The Vitamin D test you should be requesting from your healthcare provider

    [3:15] What are optimal vitamin D levels?

    [4:30] Why you might need more or less vitamin D depending on the time of year

    [6:10] Question 2: When is the best time to exercise?

    [6:30] Schedule your exercise as if it were an appointment.

    [6:45] Exercising at this time of day has the most benefits for your body.

    [7:40] When you work out in the morning, you’re more likely to stick to your plans.

    [8:40] The benefits of exercise

    [9:59] Question 3: Do I need to eat breakfast?

    [10:54] The impact of being an early bird vs. night owl

    [11:10] It’s important to listen to your body and eat when you’re truly hungry.

    [11:56] Why you need to close the kitchen at least 3 hours before bed

    [13:03] JJ’s takeaways on meal timing

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Direct-to-Consumer Lab Testing

    Vitamin D Plus

    Subscribe to the podcast

    Become part of JJ’s community

    JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

    JJ Virgin on Instagram

    JJ Virgin on YouTube

  • NFL football player, speaker and leadership coach, Bo Eason joins JJ today to discuss the importance of having big dreams. He explains the difference between setting goals and declaring yourself, and why declarations are so much more powerful. Declarations are long term and inform every aspect of our lives. They’ll talk about how important creating a successful environment is, including surrounding ourselves with people with common ambitions. Bo and JJ discuss how setbacks are just part of the process, and how overcoming obstacles makes us even stronger.

    Freebies From Today’s Episode

    Download the first chapter of Bo’s book There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game by going to jjvirgin.com/bo

    Main Points From Today’s Episode

    To be successful, you need to make a declaration. A goal is short term but a declaration informs everything we do in our lives. One of the major components to this is creating an environment for success. You must surround yourself with people who are on the same page as you are. When you fall off track, you just have to do some course correcting. The important thing is to let go of any shame and stay focused on that declaration.

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [5:22] Bo discusses what inspired his determination to become the best NFL safety in the world.

    [7:28] Even though it’s very inspirational, there are listeners who may not want to become football players...How can you apply these lessons to yourself?

    [8:04] JJ shows how you can use Bo’s example and lessons to become the healthiest you.

    [8:40] Why the word declaration instead of goal? Bo explains the difference between a declaration and a goal.

    [10:54] If you live like a healthy, lean person, you will become that, over time.

    [11:05] Bo explains how he made his declaration at 9 years old. He wasn’t going to be the best safety at 9 years old, but he began living like he was.

    [11:50] Why you should get rid of your goals, and make a declaration instead.

    [12:20] One of the major components to this is creating an environment for success. You can’t lose weight if you are surrounded by people who don’t care about what is important to you.

    [13:40] Bo gives an example of one of his friends who is the 7th fastest recorded runner. Who do you think he hangs out with?

    [15:08] You get to decide if you want to be super healthy, or to stay mediocre and keep the body you have now. Once you make your declaration, watch the magic happen!

    [16:49] When you go off track, you just have to do some course correcting.

    [18:00] What we can learn from a plane’s automatic pilot mechanism

    [18:50] Bo explains why he loves obstacles.

    [20:55] How JJ’s friend Nicole overcame her body image issues

    [22:00] When you give yourself a big obstacle, one of the positive side effects is how much confidence and self worth you gain just from the daily process of overcoming challenges.

    [25:00] How instant gratification can hurt us

    [25:24] The big things that you look back on in your life are the things that took a lot of work.

    [25:50] To help you begin, Bo has a new book, There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game and he’s offering the first chapter free. Just go to jjvirgin.com/bo to download.

    [27:48] Why are so many successful people super healthy?

    [28:41] JJ’s challenges for you:

    (1) Make a declaration rather than a goal.

    (2) Give yourself realistic timelines.

    (3) Create a no-fail environment.

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Subscribe to the JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show

    Become part of JJ’s community

    JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

    JJ Virgin on Instagram

    JJ Virgin on YouTube

    Ben Hardy, Willpower Doesn’t Work

    Bo Eason, There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game

  • 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!

    [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

  • In today's podcast episode, JJ debunks a recent CNN article that came out claiming a gluten-free diet isn't healthy for everyone. Listen as JJ explains the truth about gluten and leaky gut, including how gluten consumption can cause intestinal permeability in all individuals, which can then put you at risk for autoimmune disease. JJ also clears up the confusion about going gluten-free and shares her top tips on how to create balanced gluten-free meals. Find out why eating gluten-free is not only beneficial for everyone, it’s essential to protecting your health!

    Freebies From Today’s Episode

    Get JJ’s free Going Gluten-Free Guide by going to JJVirgin.com/glutenrant.

    Main Points From Today’s Episode

    CNN claims that not everyone benefits from going gluten-free. In fact, studies show that gluten consumption causes intestinal permeability in ALL individuals, regardless of whether or not they have celiac disease. When JJ first started looking at food sensitivity testing, she noticed about 40% of the people were showing some type of gluten intolerance. Since then, she has helped hundreds of thousands of people feel better by eliminating gluten from their diet. When you eat gluten, you put yourself at risk for leaky gut, which has been proven to cause autoimmune disease. Not only is eating gluten-free advantageous for everyone, it’s essential to protecting your health!

    Episode Play-By-Play

    [1:22] The inspiration behind today’s podcast episode

    [1:52] Listener shout-out

    [3:50] A recent CNN article claims that not everyone benefits from going gluten-free.

    [4:10] Studies show that gluten consumption causes intestinal permeability in all individuals.

    [5:45] Diagnosing celiac disease

    [7:20] One of JJ’s client’s experiences with removing gluten from her diet

    [8:30] The discomforts that gluten can cause

    [9:05] Eliminating gluten doesn’t put you at risk for nutrient deficiencies if you’re eating a healthy diet.

    [10:25] Gluten-free junk food is never a healthy option.

    [11:25] Cutting out gluten isn’t going to stop you from discovering another problem food.

    [12:25] The connection between gluten, leaky gut, and autoimmune disease

    [13:30] Safety Net can help you break down problem proteins like gluten.

    [14:20] Starting your day with the right breakfast sets the metabolic tone for the day. The perfect and easiest way to do this is with JJ’s All-In-One Protein Shakes!

    [15:30] Listener’s question: Which gluten-free breads can I use?

    [16:15] The best gluten-free products are the ones that don’t need to say “gluten-free.”

    [16:45] Be careful with dry carbs!

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Why Eating Gluten-Free Is Healthy blog

    JJ’s podcast with Dr. Tom O’Bryan

    JJ’s podcast with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne on the Autoimmune Protocol

    JJ Virgin Safety Net

    JJ Virgin Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Protein Shake

    JJ Virgin Metabolic Digestive Balance

    JJ Virgin Microbiome Balance

    JJ Virgin 7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge

    Become part of JJ’s community

    JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

    JJ Virgin on Instagram

    JJ Virgin on YouTube