#77 – JJ Virgin – The Fundamental Pillars of Health

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Episode Summary

JJ Virgin is a certified nutritionist, weight loss expert, certified health and fitness coach, author, and is board certified in holistic nutrition. She is bold and outspoken in her conviction when it comes to health and she is empowering people to take back control of their lives by teaching them to eat better and think outside the box.

In this episode, JJ and Krisstina talk about the fundamental pillars of health, gives priceless insight on common food myths and shares what she eats to stay healthy.

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What We Covered

  • [00:22] – The first time Krisstina met JJ
  • [02:18] – JJ’s background and obsession with health and exercise
  • [07:53] – The misconceptions of nutrition she was taught and what she wanted to do                            about it
  • [10:27] – Her secret to being successful and helping change the world
  • [11:41] – Krisstina talks about her illness and her experience with the doctors she saw
  • [15:34] – There’s always going to be haters
  • [17:46] – The current state of our health care industry
  • [19:11] – Giving doctors and the medical system way too much power
  • [24:09] – The fundamental pillars of health
  • [28:33] – The power of hope
  • [31:20] – Becoming your own personal health detective
  • [32:31] – Why there is still misinformation on food and nutrition
  • [34:24] – What she is still amazed about when it comes to food and artificial sweeteners
  • [35:19] – The unhealthy foods hospitals are feeding their sick patients
  • [36:57] – The 4-1-1 on sugar
  • [41:13] – Where sugar is hidden in processed food
  • [42:27] – Naked Juice – a health food poser
  • [43:46] – Gluten-free – another way consumers are being fooled
  • [45:04] – What she was told to do in grad school that is all wrong
  • [46:38] – What she eats and how she stays healthy living a very busy life
  • [49:32] – If eating healthy is expensive
  • [50:06] – Krisstina opens up about her father’s diagnosis of terminal cancer
  • [54:52] – The Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s organic gardens
  • [55:38] – JJ’s father and his life ending battle with cancer
  • [56:09] – There is enough time to look at other options after a cancer diagnosis
  • [58:07] – Why doctors don’t like giving patients and their families hope
  • [59:28] – The story of her son Grant’s accident and how she refused to give up on him
  • [01:05:28] – How much intuition played a role in helping her son recover
  • [01:07:01] – The one myth she would like to bust


[Tweet “I’ve always been obsessed with health.”]
[Tweet “I always came from an abundance mindset and what’s been so interesting to watch is the people that are in that scarcity place I see them because they’re staying small.”]
[Tweet “Until you are willing to have haters you haven’t even started to make a dent.”]
[Tweet “The challenge with our healthcare system is that it’s not set up for the desired outcome: health.”]
[Tweet “One of the most powerful things you can do in your life in any situation is take responsibility.”]
[Tweet “Social isolation has the equivalent effect on your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”]
[Tweet “It doesn’t take any longer to choose healthy stuff than to choose crappy stuff.”]
[Tweet “If I am not having to use courage then I am not playing big enough.”]

Links Mentioned

JJ’s website
Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, and Life’s Hardest Lessons
The Virgin Diet: Why Food Intolerance Is the Real Cause of Weight Gain
TSugar Impact Diet Cookbook
Dr. Anna Cabeca
Dr. Mark Hyman
Dr. Sara Gottfried
Dr. Alan Christianson
Mindshare Summit
Expo West

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