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How do you become metabolically healthy? In this episode, JJ explains why metabolic health is so important for weight loss and so much more. She shares 5 lab values that you want to pay attention to, the best way to monitor your blood sugar levels (and why that's so important), how even one night of poor sleep can dramatically sabotage your health, and why your bathroom scale isn't ideal for measuring body composition (plus what to look for instead). Whether your goals include overcoming insulin resistance (which can lead to metabolic syndrome), more energy and focus, or better overall health (or, or all of the above), these simple strategies to measure and monitor will help you optimize your metabolism.
Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a functional medicine provider and expert in muscle-centric medicine. She joins JJ in today's podcast episode to talk about a topic that everyone is curious about: how to optimize your protein intake to build muscle! Listen as Dr. Lyon explains the vital roles of muscle in your body and the importance of protein, as well as the best types of exercise, for maintaining and building muscle mass. Dr. Lyon also shares how to figure out how much protein you need and the top sources of protein, including the differences in quality between plant and animal protein. Plus, find out the truth behind common myths about protein and your health! Get Dr. Gabrielle Lyon's free Lyon Protocol https://sa1s3.patientpop.com/assets/docs/22195.pdf
Having trouble kicking the sugar addiction, even when you're doing all the right things? You'll want to listen to this new episode of our Breakthroughs & Beginnings series, where JJ coaches community members on overcoming roadblocks on their path to better health. Before she went through The Virgin Diet, Alicia was experiencing weight loss resistance, thyroid issues, angry and anxious moods, and more. As a registered respiratory therapist working on a flight transport team, she regularly works 12- and 24-hour shifts that make it difficult to keep up a good wellness routine. After discovering some of her food intolerances, she was able to lose a total of 25 pounds, boost her energy, approach her day more calmly, and maintain a healthy thyroid. But she is still dealing with nagging sugar cravings! Listen as JJ offers advice on using a protein-first approach to kicking sugar, how to use a body composition scale and the right markers to track with it, the right exercises to improve muscle mass, suggested supplements for overcoming cravings, and small tweaks Alicia can make with her diet to avoid disrupting autophagy. Plus, you'll learn how poor sleep impacts appetite, and JJ's best tips for ensuring optimal protein intake throughout the day.
The law of attraction says that if you focus on the thing you want, you will attract that thing into your life… but did you know that weight loss is the exception to that rule? Extreme dieting is never the right answer, so you can stop working out like crazy and surviving on just celery sticks just to get rid of those unwanted pounds. Instead, I want you to stop focusing on weight loss and start focusing on getting healthy—and that means building and holding onto lean body mass. In this episode, I will explain WHY lean body mass is so important and share the six simple, actionable strategies you can implement today to get to your goal weight and stay there.
America is unhappy. In fact, we are the unhappiest we've been since the Great Depression, and things show no signs of getting better. Did you know that depression (the disorder, not the economic kind)—which was at epidemic levels even before the start of COVID-19—tripled in just a matter of months once the pandemic hit? Suicide rates are rising among many populations, and Americans seem to have lost hope. Now for the good news: There is a way out, and it starts in your brain. Recently, JJ spoke with her friend Dr. Daniel Amen about his new book, "You, Happy," and why he chose to write it now. Dr. Amen is one of America's leading psychiatrists, and he is on a mission to end mental illness by creating a revolution in brain health. He told JJ that there is a neuroscience to happiness and that it is a daily practice. And, he shared with her what he calls "the 7 neuroscience secrets to becoming 30% happier in just 30 days." We all want to be happier, especially nowadays. Whether we're still reeling from the fallout of a major pandemic or simply struggling to get by in our daily lives and relationships, finding happiness during tough times can be a challenge. And when we aren't working with a strong foundation of health? It can be even harder. Listen as Dr. Amen and JJ discuss the 7 things you can do starting right now to build a strong foundation of happiness—beginning with preserving the physical health of your brain by adopting positive diet and lifestyle habits. From there, Dr. Amen explains how everyone's brain is different, and you'll find out how to take a unique brain assessment quiz to determine how happy you are and how to use targeted strategies to increase your joy. Dr. Amen has been a guest on Ask the Health Expert many, many times over the years, and every time JJ talks to him she is blown away with his incredible knowledge and insight. Don't miss learning about his 7 key strategies that will help you be happier and live longer! Get Dr. Amen's FREE You, Happier Cookbook https://jjvirgin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/You-Happier-Cookbook.pdf
Do you suffer from brain fog, gut issues, aches and pains, or some other type of chronic condition that limits your ability to feel healthy and happy? JJ recently spoke with Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr. Aaron Hartman about complex ""mystery"" illnesses that are actually more common than you realize—and why our current healthcare system often overlooks the root cause of the problem. Dr. Hartman first became interested in mystery illness diagnosis when he and his wife adopted their first daughter, Anna. At two years old, Anna had cerebral palsy and countless dietary and neurological issues, and doctors told them she would never crawl, walk, or talk. They went to specialist after specialist, and many wanted to ""treat"" Anna with invasive surgical procedures that often seemed to have no benefit. It was then that Dr. Hartman and his wife started questioning the experts if something didn't feel right, which led them to functional medicine. Through their own in-depth research, they found positive strategies that worked for Anna—many of which were incredibly basic, including eating real food, exercise, and quality sleep—and today she is 16 years old, walking with crutches, loves playing chess, and ""won't stop talking”. Dr. Hartman now works with numerous patients in his practice that are suffering from complicated, chronic illnesses, and JJ speaks to him about the importance of starting with the basics (gut, stress, and sleep) to help them feel better. The bottom line: People don't just get sick overnight. Years of unhealthy eating, too much stress, and poor sleep can bring us to a point where all it takes is one triggering event to bring our health crashing down around us. In this episode, you'll learn what things precede these mystery illnesses, what triggers them, and what you can do right now to increase your health and resilience. Tune in and take the first step toward feeling better! Harness Your Body's Power to Heal by getting Dr. Aaron Hartman's FREE eBook Building Resistance https://go.richmondfunctionalmedicine.com/brguide-pod
Is there a goal you still haven't reached on your health journey? Are you looking for a way to reach that next milestone? Leap over that next hurdle? If so, this episode of Beginnings & Breakthroughs is for you. In it, JJ sits down with special guest Liz Clark, who has experienced incredible breakthroughs using the Virgin Diet principles but is ready to take her health and weight goals to the next level. ""I want to maintain energy and strength, increase my definition, and stay competitive,"" said Liz, who competes in dog agility training and wants to continue feeling great and doing the things she loves. Listen as she talks to JJ about her personal journey with weight and health over the years, and learn how she discovered what worked and didn't work for her body using strategies from the Virgin Diet and Sugar Impact Diet. Then, tune in as JJ explains that it's not just about weight, but what our weight is made up of—and why focusing on lean body mass is the key to ""living longer, younger and living younger, longer."" She lays out a complete plan for Liz to follow, including what and when to eat (protein is a big one!), what tests to schedule, which supplements she recommends, and why getting great sleep is absolutely critical for maintaining wellness and a healthy weight. If you feel like you've reached a plateau on your own health and weight journey and wish you could ask JJ what to do next, you won't want to miss this episode!
JJ and integrative functional dietitian, Ali Miller, discuss stress and the ways it affects the body. When our bodies are in circumstances considered stressful, whether it's escaping a near accident or having an argument with a co-worker, they react the same way. There are ways to combat that stress, and diet is a great one. JJ and Ali discuss the best diets and their recommendations for eating clean foods. Tune in to this super informative episode! Get Ali's free 2 Week Food as Medicine Meal Plan https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0317/3279/3483/files/2_Week_Meal_Plan_1_-compressed.pdf?v=1588992005
Are you trying to eat better, feel better, get healthy, and maybe even lose a little weight? Your plate is your main power tool! And if it's not working for you, it's probably working against you. Learn how to choose the right sources of protein, fat, and fiber; how much you need of each one; and how to combine them so you feel full and satisfied after eating. Even better? Filling your plate with the right macros will give you more energy, sharpen your focus, and help you burn fat for fuel. Talk about a win-win-win!
If you've been suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and have yet to find relief—you may be looking in the wrong place. Following the general recommendations for optimal gut health may lead you to probiotics, but those can be a problem if you're actually dealing with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). It's estimated that up to 80% of people with IBS have SIBO. Healing SIBO author, TV host, and founder of the SIBO SOS Summits, Shiva Sarna, joins JJ for a primer on this common digestive disorder. In this conversation, you'll learn all about its symptoms (some of which you may not realize are connected, like rosacea and restless leg syndrome), how people end up with SIBO, and the tests you can take to get a diagnosis. They also discuss dietary changes you can make to help with SIBO, including how you can rebuild your microbiome and the herbal protocol you can follow to promote a healthy gut. Shiva shares her story of how she healed from a lifetime of health issues that started at 5 years old with food poisoning. It's a message of hope, how you can avoid the tragedy of an unmanaged chronic condition and start to finally feel better. As a bonus for listeners, Shiva offers her SIBO IBS SOS Guide designed for you to take straight to your doctor's office to help you accelerate the healing process. Is Your IBS Really SIBO? Download Your FREE Guide to SIBO and IBS https://sibosos.com/sibo-ibs-guide/
Chiropractor and movement expert Dr. Emily Kiberd helps women struggling with thyroid issues to lose weight, beat fatigue, and feel strong and confident in their bodies. She's here to explain what you can do to work out smarter, not harder, with a thyroid condition! Listen as Dr. Kiberd shares her own experience with thyroid issues that led her to reprogram her workouts, as well as the most common exercise mistakes that could be holding you back if you have Hashimoto's or another thyroid condition. Dr. Kiberd also explains why it can be harder to maintain muscle mass with low thyroid function, plus she reveals her top recommendations on how to incorporate strength training into your routine so you can build lean muscle. Find out exactly how to exercise with a thyroid condition so you can lose weight and get your energy back! Get Dr. Kiberd's free Thyroid Strong guide https://www.dremilykiberd.com/strong/
Increasing the impact of exercise can help you lose weight, feel better, and get great results faster. Here, I share with you my most effective strategies to make your workout more effective. You'll learn why exercise timing matters (and the best time to do it), the secret to boost your morning workout (this is so simple and effective), and how to burn more calories through everyday movement, Plus, you'll learn the best type of workout (this literally takes minutes to do!), why overdoing cardio can create more harm than good, and the after-workout mistake that can block fat burning. Whether you've maintained a fitness routine for years or are just getting started with an exercise routine, you won't want to miss this actionable, empowering information.
Are you a busy, high-functioning woman who struggles with stress, sleep, eating healthy, and maintaining a sense of balance in life? For most people, hormonal imbalances underlie these and other issues. With a few simple, effective strategies, you can restore that hormone balance so you look and feel your best. You'll learn how here. JJ talks with Kate Vazquez, a Functional Medicine practitioner, founder of Radiant Health, author of Estrogen Is A B*tch, and creator of Break the Cycle Bootcamp. Kate talks about estrogen dominance, why it matters, and what you can do about it. Listen in to learn the 3 patterns of estrogen dominance (including the most common form), the first hormone to decline during menopause (and how to restore it), and 5 common symptoms that she commonly sees with estrogen dominance. Plus, Kate reveals what causes irregular cycles, the hormone culprit behind many PMS symptoms, the stress-estrogen dominance connection, and how insulin and cortisol contribute to estrogen dominance. Kate also shares her tried-and-true ways to rebalance estrogen. She talks about seed cycling for hormone balance (plus how to do it), the best foods to support healthy estrogen metabolism, the importance of mindset, and why “me time” is critical (you can hang up your Superwoman cape!) Whether you're going through perimenopause or postmenopause, or you want to overcome estrogen dominance and restore hormone balance, Kate guides you through simple, effective solutions to look and feel better fast in this fun, information-packed chat. As a bonus for our listeners, Kate provides a quiz to help identify estrogen dominance. Take Kate's FREE Estrogen Dominance Quiz https://www.yourradianthealth.com/estrogendominancequiz/
You already know about the various types of dietary fat, but there are also multiple types of body fat, too—and they're not all created equal. In this episode, you'll learn about the different colors of fat and which one actually helps you lose weight, the major health benefits of brown fat for inflammation and metabolic health, and three strategic ways you can brown your body fat like a marshmallow over an open flame, including how to flavor your meals and how red wine and chocolate can be of service.
Dr. Sarah Ballantyne is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the award-winning website, The Paleo Mom. She joins JJ in today's podcast episode to explore the ketogenic diet and talk about the best options for healthy weight loss. Listen as Dr. Ballantyne explains the pros and cons of the ketogenic diet, including how it can negatively impact everything from your thyroid and sex hormones to your metabolism and bone health. Dr. Ballantyne also shares her top tips for losing weight, with scientific studies to back up each one. Dr. Ballantyne has a Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics and has lost 120 pounds herself – she's here to share her wealth of knowledge and inspiration with us all! Get Dr. Sarah Ballantyne's free Paleo Quick Start Guide and Autoimmune Protocol Quick Start Guide https://www.thepaleomom.com/free-gift/
When it comes to healthy living, aiming for perfection is a near-impossible feat. There's only so much we can control when it comes to the products that we buy. However, when armed with the right knowledge, we're able to make more informed and educated choices to work towards a cleaner lifestyle. In this conversation with Intermittent Fasting Expert and New York Times bestselling author of Fast. Feast. Repeat., Gin Stephens shares her wisdom from her new book, Clean(ish) about how to eat (mostly) clean and live (mainly) clean as you unlock your body's natural ability to self-clean. You'll learn all about greenwashing, how easy it can be to get duped by seemingly healthy product labels, and how falling for such clever marketing can be contributing to your toxic load and derailing your health goals. Gin also shares how the intermittent fasting diet allows your body to clean, rest, and repair itself during your daily fasting time to help lower your body's toxic load. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to the food we eat and the products we use on our bodies and in our homes. Tune in to the enlightening conversation to cut through the confusion and get started on the path to becoming clean(ish). Download the FREE companion pdf to Gin's book: Clean(ish) http://ginstephens.com/cleanish
Losing weight and getting healthier doesn't require dramatic or difficult changes. Here, JJ reveals 3 simple hacks that help you get healthy, lose weight, and feel better fast. You'll learn why intermittent fasting can be the best way to lose weight, how to maximize your fasting results (without doing crazy-long fasts), why portion size matters with intermittent fasting, and how fasting creates a “spring cleaning” for your cells. Plus, JJ talks about why nighttime snacking can nearly double your weight gain, her powerful trick to make sticking to your diet easier, plus the #1 thermic food (you burn more calories when you digest it). You can apply these 3 lifestyle tips right now to lose weight faster, stop weight regain, and look and feel your best.
Razi Berry, an expert in naturopathic medicine, joins JJ today, discussing how being disconnected from ourselves and others has impacted our ability to hear what our bodies are telling us. Because we don't have that communication, we make choices based on outside influences for when and how much to eat. Doing a few key exercises and eating foods that feed the emotional centers in our brains can improve body intuition, thereby improving our health. Listen to this wonderfully enlightening episode now! Get Razi's free Secret to Unlocking Your Intuition https://ndnews.lpages.co/intuition/
Diet and exercise will get you on the right track to feeling better in your body. But are you also paying attention to your insulin sensitivity? Managing blood sugar metabolism may be the missing piece if you're doing everything "right" but still feeling moody, tired, and having trouble dropping the weight. Here, you'll learn how meditation can improve fat loss, how sleep influences hunger hormones, exercises that can improve blood sugar metabolism, and the best practices for sleep hygiene, including how to set up your nighttime routine so you get your zzz's with ease.
Do profound health transformations inspire and motivate you? Then you'll want to listen to this conversation with Dr. Terry Wahls, who went from being in a wheelchair to living life as an active, busy professional. Dr. Wahls is living proof that you can change debilitating conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) with diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Wahls – a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, clinical researcher, and author of several books including The Wahls Protocol® – was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. In December 2007, she began the Wahls Protocol®. The results were stunning: Within a year, Dr. Wahls could walk without a cane. She even completed an 18-mile bicycle tour! Here, you'll learn about Dr. Wahls' TEDx talk that changed everything, her big a-ha moment that helped redesign the paleo diet, and the moment that changed everything for Dr. Wahls (and left her family in tears). Plus, you'll hear about why the Wahls Protocol® is ideal for any autoimmune condition (not just MS) and the one simple dietary strategy EVERYONE should do. JJ and Dr. Wahl also talk about the most inflammatory foods (and the best anti-inflammatory options), how The Virgin Diet and the Wahls' Protocol® overlap, the groundbreaking research Dr. Wahls is doing to challenge the conversation about MS and other autoimmune conditions, and where to start if you're just beginning the Wahls Protocol®. Whether you have MS or another autoimmune condition, or you need a big hit of inspiration, you won't want to miss this information-packed conversation where Dr. Wahl proves that with the right diet, lifestyle, and mindset, anything is possible. As a thank you for listening, you'll get Dr. Wahls' five-step process that she uses in her clinics to help patients improve their health behaviors. Get Dr. Terry's Free Guide: Introduction to the Wahls Behavior Change Model https://terrywahls.com/betterhealth/
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 the 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. Get Dr. Lisa's yummy brain-nourishing recipes Order Dr. Lisa's new book "The XX Brain" https://www.lisamosconi.com/beverages https://www.lisamosconi.com/xxbrain
The Blue Zones® are the 5 places throughout the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives. They share similar habits: People in those 5 areas manage stress well, eat a mostly plant-based diet, and stay active and lean into their senior years. I discovered a simple Blue Zones® secret that you can implement to get healthier and live longer. Here, I'll show you how Blue Zones® folks move more (hint: it doesn't involve hours in the gym), why the number of calories you burn on the treadmill isn't accurate, the NEAT way to burn calories (and why this is a game-changer), how fidgeting might be the secret to burning more calories, plus easy ways to move more throughout your day for longevity and living healthier.
Does it feel like your stress levels dialed up a few notches during the past few years? If you're wondering how to get out of stress mode and calm anxiety, you won't want to miss my interview with resident stress expert, Dr. Doni Wilson. Dr. Doni is a naturopathic doctor, certified professional midwife, certified nutrition specialist, and author of Master Your Stress, Reset Your Health: The Personalized Program to Calm Anxiety, Boost Energy, and Beat Burnout. One thing she's discovered in her practice: Everything comes back to stress. If you haven't learned how to manage stress, you're not going to be able to heal your metabolism, lose weight, have great energy, and feel your best. Here, you'll learn why balancing stress hormones is not a one-size-fits-all solution, the critical key that makes all the difference in your recovery, Dr. Doni's definition of self-care (and how to implement it right now), and why stress recovery happens in 3 phases. For more than 20 years, Dr. Doni has helped thousands of patients overcome health challenges, achieve wellness, and move from stress and anxiety to thriving and doing what they love with ease. Here, she teaches us why implementing daily self-care and making small incremental changes are critical to getting you closer to managing stress, calming anxiety, and creating balance. You won't want to miss this empowering, information-packed episode. Get Dr. Doni's FREE 7-day Stress Reset http://doctordoni.com/Stress-Reset
Eat fat to burn fat… What could be more enticing? Ketogenic diets or “going keto” can help you lose weight and offer so many other benefits, but you want to make sure you're not making these 3 common mistakes. You'll learn why with keto foods, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing, the cycling trick that makes your body a multi-fuel burner (and lets you eat more carbs and variety on keto!), how metabolic flexibility can maximize your miles on keto, and how to break your sugar addiction without going cold turkey. Whether you're a keto newbie or feel like you're stuck on your plan, these strategies can help you break your plateau, choose the right keto foods, and get the most out of your keto plan.
Melanie Avalon is an actress, certified holistic nutritionist, and wine specialist. As she became involved in the entertainment industry, she tried all different types of fad diets in an attempt to lose weight before discovering the benefits of intermittent fasting and the Paleo diet. Listen as Melanie explains what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you jumpstart fat burning again, plus find out about the health benefits of wine and how moderate wine consumption can be a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle plan. You can lose weight and feel great with intermittent fasting, the Paleo diet, and wine! Get Melanie Avalon's free How to Find Out Your Perfect Intermittent Fasting protocol, plus free recipes from her book What When Wine https://melanieavalon.com/jj-virgin-freemium/
You can't talk about weight loss and better health without discussing metabolism. Here, you'll learn my top 4 ways to get and keep your metabolism at peak performance. I'll share with you the #1 food to rev up your metabolism, a favorite spice that can help raise your body temperature and promotes normal appetite, how muscle supports a healthy metabolism, and the critical measurement to improve insulin sensitivity. Whatever your health goals – including weight loss, stopping weight regain, fixing leaky gut and other gut issues, and having steady energy levels – optimizing metabolism is key… and I'll show you how here!
Did you know that 60% of the calories we consume come from packaged, processed foods that provide no satiety effect? As a result, we overeat those foods - and the repercussions are grim. Research shows that 1 in 2 adults by the year 2030 could be overweight or obese. And almost 9 in 10 adults have at least some degree of metabolic syndrome. In this conversation with Max Lugavere, you'll learn why the solution lies at the end of our forks. Max – a health and science journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and host of the podcast The Genius Life – talks about how we ended up here… and how to get ourselves out of this metabolic mess. Max shares with JJ the shocking diagnosis that pushed him to dive deep for health and wellness solutions. Along the way, he learned the connection between blood sugar and dementia, why brain health doesn't get the recognition it deserves (and the disastrous consequences), what makes us overeat sugary, processed foods (it's not a lack of willpower!), and why the calories-in-calories-out model has been a dismal failure. Whether you want to lose weight, support brain health, or look and feel your best (or all of the above!), you won't want to miss this information-packed episode. Tune in and take notes. You'll quickly see why JJ calls this one of her top 10 interviews. Get Max's free e-book to celebrate the release of Genius Kitchen http://jjvirgin.com/geniuskitchen
If your thyroid isn't working optimally, weight loss can easily slow down and your overall health takes a big hit. Here, JJ reveals the many clues of a sluggish thyroid (including a weird one you might not suspect!). You'll learn what it means if your weight fluctuates, why your thyroid holds the key to burning fat and having great energy, how Hashimoto's prevents the thyroid from making and releasing enough thyroid hormone, and why hypothyroidism can get overlooked or misdiagnosed. JJ also reveals what foods to eat and avoid for thyroid health, the stress-thyroid connection, why testing TSH alone won't give you a complete picture (and what to look for instead), and the truth about goitrogens and iodine for people with thyroid issues.
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! Get Dr. Fiona's free Food Insulin Demand List https://drfionand.com/food-insulin-demand/
When you want to lose weight, you probably think of diet and exercise, right? But working out too much might be stalling fat loss! Exercise has so many benefits, but it may not help you lose as much weight as you think. Here, you'll learn why over-exercise spikes stress hormones (leading to a cascade of problems), the FIRST thing you should do to get more exercise (hint: it's not going to the gym!), and the best workout for your metabolic buck (and you can do this in under 10 minutes total). I'll also reveal the most important aspect of exercise to get all of its benefits (many people aren't doing this!), how to recover smartly, and how I exercised LESS to get much better results!
As a woman who is approaching or is in menopause, have you resigned yourself to the idea that you'll never again feel that oomph that you once felt? Well, I have great news: No matter what your age or current condition, Dr. Anna Cabeca can help you lose weight, stop weight regain, break weight loss plateaus, and reclaim your energy and vitality! Today, I talk with Dr. Anna about how to break weight loss plateaus, balance your hormones around menopause, and feel better fast. Dr. Anna is an OB-GYN and Women's Health Expert, but her followers call her “The Girlfriend Doctor”. You'll learn why menopausal symptoms can show up as early as your mid-30s… and the warning signals to look for. Dr. Anna reveals what she didn't learn in her residency about hysterectomies that you need to know, plus the big question you want to ask before critical surgeries. Dr. Anna also provides 5 game-changing eating plans that have helped thousands of her patients break through weight loss plateaus and eliminate menopausal symptoms… including the plan that helped one woman lose 11 pounds in 6 days! Don't miss this fun, informative, actionable episode with one of my dearest and most respected friends. Get Dr. Anna's Keto-Green for Menopause Recipe Book https://book.menupausebook.com/menupauserecipeoptin?rfsn=5508182.bf7f74
Have you found your hidden food intolerances and lowered your sugar impact, but you're still struggling to lose weight? The culprit may be chronic stress, which takes a serious toll on your weight, your peace of mind, and your overall health. In this episode, you'll learn 10 simple, effective ways to beat chronic stress so you lose weight and feel better. You'll learn my go-to beverage to crush chronic stress, the best exercise to help your body handle stress better, the game changer that helped me manage stress, the most powerful way to start your day that MELTS stress (this is so easy!), plus the #1 thing I did to manage stress when my son was in the hospital after a hit-and-run accident.
Dr. Christianson is a NYT bestselling author and top naturopathic physician, and he joins JJ in today's podcast episode to deep dive into the topic of metabolism. Listen as Dr. C explains what metabolic flexibility is and how you can figure out if your metabolism is functioning poorly, plus find out the type of fat that is the most dangerous and how to measure your level of risk. Dr. C also shares why the liver is the key to a healthy metabolism and how The Metabolism Reset Diet can help you repair your liver so your body can effectively use fat for fuel. You can reset your metabolism and lose weight again! Get Dr. Alan Christianson's free Metabolism Reset Challenge https://metabolismresetdiet.com/challenge.php
Rather than using dieting as a hobby, I want you to see it as a therapeutic tool to be metabolically flexible and lose weight. And intermittent fasting is an amazing tool for fat loss, supporting healthy blood sugar metabolism, gut health, and so much more. In this episode, I take the fear out of fasting and show you how to do intermittent fasting without starving or otherwise feeling awful. You'll learn about the different types of fasting, what you can have (and can't have) while you're fasting, a plan for newbies, how to gradually increase your fasting window, and why snacking is the enemy of weight loss. Plus, I'll reveal how to crush hunger, my hard and fast rule for fasting success, and the best time to exercise. Whether you're new to intermittent fasting or want to boost your current fasting results for weight loss and more, you won't want to miss this information-packed episode!
Breaking your fast with a loaded smoothie can help you lose weight and it keeps you full, focused, with steady sustained energy for hours. In this episode, you'll learn how to build the perfect loaded smoothie. JJ explains what makes her smoothies “loaded” to help you lose weight, stop weight regain, and be the best fat burner. She reveals her hack to create perfectly blended smoothies, how to optimize the healthy resistant starch in bananas, plus how to make your smoothie super thick if that's how you love them. With these tips, you'll never get bored making delicious, filling, loaded smoothies.
One simple healthy shift can be the needle mover to benefit everything else... And that one shift could be bone broth. In this episode of Ask the Health Expert, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci – weight loss expert, natural anti-aging specialist, and author of Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet (which JJ wrote the forward to) – shows you how to lose weight, turn back the clock, support your gut, and feel better with this “fountain of youth” food. Bone broth goes way, way back… and as a nutrient-dense, satisfying food, it has stood the test of time. Dr. Kellynn explains what bone broth is, why it's the ideal tool for intermittent fasting, plus how its collagen can help you support weight management, healthy aging, and have glowing skin. Dr. Kellyann also talks about the root of modern-day disease, the amino acid in bone broth that helps you support weight management while maintaining muscle, and the critical key to balancing brain fog, moods, and irritability. Plus, you'll learn why managing your emotions starts with your gut, how a wellness day can make a big difference in how you look and feel, the antidote to stagnation (to spark up your life), and Dr. Kellyann's end-of-day stress management technique. Dr. Kellyann's mission is to help women feel better, look better, and turn back the aging clock… and she has the tools and knowledge to do that. Don't miss this fun, information-packed, inspiring episode that helps take charge of your health and be the best version of you… all by getting the many benefits of bone broth. Get Dr. Kellyann's FREE Recipe Library https://drkellyann.com/pages/recipe-library
If you're wondering if weight loss is possible after menopause, then you need to listen to this podcast episode! Author and fitness expert Debra Atkinson joins JJ to deep dive into how to look and feel your very best after age 50. Listen as Debra shares her personal story, including how she got in the best shape of her life despite exercising less and going through major life changes. Debra also reveals the biggest exercise mistakes that she sees women making and what types of exercise women in perimenopause and beyond should be doing instead. Plus, find out Debra's top recommendations on how to fuel your body before exercise, as well as the foods you should avoid before working out. And don't miss Debra's amazing freebie that's packed with helpful diet, lifestyle, and exercise tips to help you stay strong and energized at any age! https://www.flippingfifty.com/hotnotbothered/
You may not be able to diet your way to weight loss. In this episode, you'll learn how sleep could be the missing link to losing weight and feeling better. Just one night of poor sleep can throw your stress hormones out of balance or increase sugar cravings. I'll reveal the ideal amount of sleep you need to burn fat (hint: quality and quantity matter), why consistency is key, how to use a “power-down hour” to create calm, and my secret weapon for consistently great sleep. You'll also learn why exercise timing matters, a simple hack to curb before-bed hunger pangs, the stress-sleep connection, and how to use meditation and gratitude for better sleep. When you fix your sleep, you'll be able to lose weight, stop weight regain, and be the best fat burner.
Intermittent fasting has become all the rage for weight loss and better health. But fasting impacts women differently than men. In this episode, Cynthia Thurlow – nurse practitioner and international speaker (her second TEDx talk has over 10 million views) – discusses how women can optimize intermittent fasting, whether you're cycling or in perimenopause, menopause, or beyond. Cynthia talks about her personal health journey, and how falling into perimenopause in her early 40s changed everything. Intermittent fasting helped her – and subsequently, thousands of patients – lose weight while gaining better mental clarity, energy, sleep, and overall health. Tune in to hear why Cynthia believes women are much more sensitive to things like stress and sleep quality, when you should back off from intermittent fasting, and why variability is the key to fasting success. You'll also learn who should NOT fast, how to fast during your menstrual cycle, and the sleep-fasting connection. Cynthia also teaches you how to optimize intermittent fasting. She shows how to curb hunger between meals, the difference between dirty and clean fasting, why replacing electrolytes is critical during fasting, and what fasting newbies need to know. Cynthia's mission is to educate women on the benefits of intermittent fasting and overall holistic health and wellness. Don't miss this information-packed episode, which will empower you to optimize intermittent fasting so you lose weight and feel better. Get Cynthia's FREE Intermittent Fasting Quick Start Guide https://cynthiathurlow.ac-page.com/if-quick-start-guide
If you're struggling to lose weight, detoxification may be the answer. Holding on to too many toxins might stop you from being the best fat burner. In this episode, you'll learn the “neon sign” that you may be carrying a toxin burden, why eating from the rainbow can support detoxification, the nutrient that acts like a sponge to detoxify, how intermittent fasting can help detoxification and weight loss, and my secret to maximizing your body's ability to help detoxify. You'll also learn what foods to swap out, why pairing protein with fiber promotes detoxification, plus more ways to support your body's detoxifying abilities.
Chalene Johnson is a NYT-bestselling author, motivational speaker, and podcast host. After experiencing a host of health issues, Chalene began looking for answers to heal her body. That led her to create the 131 Method – a nutritional program that's turning the diet industry upside down. Listen as Chalene explains why traditional diets don't work and how the 131 Method is different, including why it's key to create your own personalized eating plan. Chalene also shares why we're meant to cycle foods and how her revolutionary approach to nutrition can help you boost your metabolism and lose stubborn weight for good. Plus, you don't want to miss the incredible collection of video recipes that Chalene is giving away for free! Get Chalene Johnson's free collection of video recipes https://comm.131method.com/cooking-collective