Dr Oz: JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Review + Hidden Sugar Sources
Dr Oz kicked off his show with a three-week plan to help everyone wean off sugar, and to help with the discussion, he welcomed author of JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, JJ Virgin herself. JJ makes the argument that there are seven hidden sources of sugar in everyone’s diet that we need to be aware of. Those seven things are grains, roots, fruit, low-fat and diet foods, sauces, dressings, and condiments, sweet drinks, and sweeteners.
JJ said the problem is sugar sneaking into places we’d never expect. She gave fat-free yogurt as an example, saying that it has the same amount of sugar as two and a half glazed donuts. JJ breaks down food into high, medium, and low sugar impact foods, saying that sugar isn’t created equal, so based on their impact is how you determine what you should lose or use. JJ and Dr Oz’s plan was a way to take us all to high sugar impact foods to low sugar impact foods.
Dr Oz: Medium Impact Foods + Wild Salmon Wrap
During week one of the plan, you’re going to taper from high impact foods to medium impact. She said what most people are having for breakfast is dessert. She suggested starting the day with a Berry Coconut Smoothie, and then for lunch having a wrap using a rice wrap rather than a white flour tortilla. The wrap contains wild salmon and a lot of vegetables. For a snack, rather than having the unhealthy yogurt, try coconut or Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and nuts. For dinner, have a grass-fed beef patty and sweet potatoes.
Dr Oz: JJ Virgin Pan-Seared Salmon in Rice Wraps Recipe Ingredients
- 1 tsp red palm fruit oil
- 2 wild-caught king or sockeye salmon filet
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
- 1 tbsp chopped basil
- 3 tbsp lemon-dijon vinaigrette
- 2 rice wraps
JJ Virgin: Dr Oz Pan-Seared Salmon in Rice Wraps Recipe Directions
- Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season the salmon with salt and pepper.
- Add to the skillet and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 5 minutes per side.
- Meanwhile, combine the avocado and basil in a small bowl.
- Put a rice wrap on each of two plates.
- Top each wrap with 1 salmon filet and the avocado mixture.
- Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top of each and serve warm or room temperature.
Dr Oz: Avoid Sugar Crashes & Mood Swings
So how do you avoid the mood swings and cravings that sugar or a lack of it can cause? JJ said your body relies on sugar for energy because of how you’ve been eating so if you cut it out all at once, your body is going to crash, so tapering is key. One woman who tried it said the first couple of days were a little hard, but after that she felt a lot less moody and it was easier than she expected. She lost seven pounds in six days!
Dr Oz: Low Sugar Foods & Coco-Cashew Shake
The next step is teaching your body to be a fat burner rather than a sugar burner. For step two, you trade the medium impact foods for low sugar foods, and the fruit is also pulled out. She said when you get too much fructose, your body takes it straight to the liver and makes it into fat, and it also makes you hungry at the same time. During step two, fruit is taken out to avoid that.
For breakfast, you can have a cocoa cashew shake, and then a roast beef veggie wrap for lunch, with a bowl of beans on the side. For a snack you could have a turkey bacon wrap inside lettuce, and then for dinner enjoy chicken kabobs, lemon artichokes, and lentils. You can even have just a little bit of dark chocolate with 85% or higher cocoa content for dessert.
JJ explained that after that, you can add back in a few medium impact foods each day and see how you feel. She said you’ll be able to connect the dots between what you eat and how you feel. She took 700 people through the trial program to prove that you can lose your sweet tooth in two weeks, and she did just that. During those two weeks, the average person lost 10 pounds and a couple inches off their waist. She said the main thing is that they gained control.
Dr Oz: JJ Virgin Coco-Cashew Shake Recipe Ingredients
- 1 serving chocolate protein shake mix
- 1 serving fiber blend
- 1 tbsp freshly ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 8-10 oz unsweetened coconut milk
- 5-6 ice cubes
Dr Oz: JJ Virgin Coco-Cashew Shake Recipe Directions
- Combine the shake mix, fiber, ground flax, cashew butter, coconut milk, and ice cubes.
- Mix on high until smooth.
- Add additional cold water if desired to thin.