My Thoughts on Freelee the Banana Girl…

Freelee the Banana Girl.

Freelee the Banana Girl is an Internet sensation from Australia in the vegan community. Her Youtube channel promotes living a completely vegan lifestyle, in addition to calling out other Youtubers for promoting unsustainable eating disorder-related diets and trying to help them. Freelee herself is a very controversial topic as most people who have heard of her claim that she’s nuts, psycho, and is just trying to brainwash people to get onto her vegan lifestyle. I mean, I can’t say it didn’t work. I went vegan after watching an array of Freelee videos, but she certainly did not brainwash me. She uses scientific research and investigative studies to prove why the vegan diet is the most wholesome diet you could put yourself on… after watching more and more of her videos, I gotta give it to her. She’s one smart girl and she knows how to make a point.

Freelee herself has dealt with an array of eating disorders in her lifetime and, at one point, was an avid meat-eater. She even claimed in a recent interview with What The Health that she fell off the vegan lifestyle at one point, claiming that it didn’t work, but it was because she simply was not eating enough for her body to sustain nutrients. She has now been vegan for about 10 years.

Freelee’s main vegan diet that she has been working with is called the Raw Till 4 diet, which I personally have done before. The diet consists of eating all raw, organic fruits and vegetables until 4PM, and then you can cook your healthy meal to your choosing. I did this for about 5 months and it was the best I have felt in a very long time. Freelee now aims for a entirely raw vegan diet everyday (meaning no cooked meals).

For those of you interested for more information on the Raw Till 4 diet, it is a HIGH-CARB LOW-FAT diet. This realization to me that carbohydrates are important was life- changing for me, because I always thought that carbs were the enemy. No. Wrong. We NEEEEEED carbohydrates in our lives. We also need good fats, that we get from the whole organic foods our body needs. In turn, with high carb and low fat, you then start to see weight-loss while feeling genuinely satisfied and overall good. This is why “low-carb diets” and “low-cal diets” simply do not work. They eventually end up backfiring.

In the wise words of Freelee the Banana Girl: “You need to CARB THE FUCK UP!”

My overall thoughts on Freelee are as follows; she is definitely a staple in the vegan community, whether she has good or bad publicity. She has a following of people whose lives have been changed for the better because of her. She certainly changed my life! I’m forever grateful to have found her videos and I am extremely thankful to have been educated on healthy, wholesome eating.

Scam Diets Exposed: #2 Intermittent Fasting

On Self.com I came across the intermittent fasting diet. I’ve heard of it before and I always thought it was a crazy idea. While the article itself generally praises the diet for allegedly having long-term health benefits (lol ok), the tagline was what caught my eye about it that perfectly represents what this diet is all about. Take a look:

“Strategic starvation is all the rage, and research shows that fasting diets may actually be worth the misery.”

Yes. That is the tagline. The fact that the phrase ‘strategic starvation’ is even in there is terrifying. There is so much wrong with this statement.

  1. Strategic starvation
  2. ‘Worth the misery’
  3. Promoting starvation diets
  4. The fact that these diets are even relevant/popular

So, if you haven’t heard of the intermittent fasting diet, here’s a run down. It can be done in many different ways, but the chart below is the best way to explain this extremely horrific and depriving diet.

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I’m sorry? Skip breakfast and lunch? SKIP DINNER? Absolute. Bullshit.

Similar to the Military Diet (#1 exposed post), it has a very set schedule with limited times in which you can eat and which you cannot eat. Many studies claim to show that when you first begin on the intermittent fasting regimen you are like to feel extremely starved and low-energy the first few days until your body just ‘gets used to it’.

HUGE RED FLAG RIGHT HERE, PEOPLE.

That is an eating disorder.

The purpose of this diet is to cut out an entire meal, but your volume of calories on the other two meals are higher. So, in total, your calories are still lower than they would normally be. THIS IS PROMOTING EATING DISORDER BEHAVIOR.

Ladies and gentlemen, please do not be fooled by this regimen. You will only end up low-energy, tired, starved, and more. Please be smart and STAY AWAY from this SCAM DIET.

My own experience with weight loss: “Eat food, lose weight”

Thought I would document this moment since I thought it would be a great educational tool for anyone who may be using restrictive methods to lose weight.

Yesterday I woke up and had my usual breakfast, but had to skip lunch. Why? I didn’t get a break at work and I was starving. I came home with every intention of cooking the biggest damn meal you’ve ever seen in your life, and I did! Diced peppers and onions mixed with brown rice, with pita bread dipped in olive oil on the side. The meal was bigger than my head and I ate every last bite.

Now, I wake up this morning knowing today is weigh-in day. Think nothing of it. If anything I would think I maintained weight or gained a couple ounces because I ate a meal bigger than the jaws of life last night. Go to weigh-in. Ladies and gentleman, I’m about to give you some real wisdom.

I dropped 2 lbs since my last weigh-in and I’m exactly 8 ounces away from my first goal weight… I’ve lost almost 10 lbs from what? From eating.

So, please, if you’re on this restrictive diet calorie-cutting kick, just drop it. I’m living proof that you really can have your cake (or diced peppers/onions and rice) and eat it, too. [Although I occasionally do enjoy the cake] I truly do eat as much as I want during the day and I do log all of my food to make sure my calories are up (not down). With these eating habits and a pretty active lifestyle, I am seeing the weight begin to burn off completely. And, to be clear, it is gradual. Proper weight loss does NOT happen overnight. I’ve been working at this since early May 2017 and I’ve lost almost 10 lbs. Had I done it the wrong way, I would probably have lost more, yes. But, its not a sustainable diet, it’s not a healthy diet, and it does not provide long-term success. Eat food, lose weight!

Food for thought, my friends. XO

Calorie-counting apps…good or bad?

Hi, guys! Long time no talk. I’ve been working my butt off at my retail job as well as tackling my remote editorial work… but I’ve finally got some time to spare to write a new blog post. This one’s been on my mind for awhile, and I figured I could bring up the topic to spark some debate.

Calorie-counting apps. They can be helpful and positive or make you calorie-counting obsessed and crazed out of your mind. I personally do use a calorie-counting app called “Lose It”, and contrary to the name of the app, I use it to make sure I eat ENOUGH calories.

A lot of people will use calorie-counting apps as a means to track exactly what they’re eating and how much they’re eating. When someone becomes very obsessed with making sure their calories don’t exceed a certain number (i.e. 1,200 or sometimes less), this tends to take control of their overall weight loss mindset.

Those people will begin to believe that calories are basically the Devil and that we should stay away from them. That we should strive to eat LESS calories. A lot of calorie counting apps do promote a caloric deficit of at least 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men, but more than half of these app users will eat much less than 1,200 or 1,500 in fear of exceeding their allowed calorie budget. This type of mindset puts those app users on the path to eating disorders.

I know that I definitely went through a phase where I relied completely on my calorie-counting app. I couldn’t have more than 1,000 calories per day. Soon, that turned into no more than 800… then no more than 500. The vicious cycle progressed until I couldn’t take it anymore, and started on the long road of recovery. I was a different person because of this. I went into a literal frenzy with this app and every waking moment revolved around it. It wasn’t until after I had recovered about 90% after my ED, I downloaded the Lose It app again… and this time, it was to make sure I was eating well over 1,000 calories. I still use it for the same reason, as well as to track my nutrients!

SO, what do you guys think? There really is so much grey area with calorie-counting apps because they can be so helpful, but also can cause some serious damage to its users. I’m hoping soon that maybe an app will come out that instead of proposing a caloric deficit, it promotes indulging, abundance, and eating freely.

Leave your comments and let me know what you think about calorie-counting apps!

ARFID: An eating disorder that’s not about body image…

Hi, all.

I really just wanted to share this article with you guys. I currently am a managing editor with Millennials 365 and I came across an article under health/wellness which was total news to me. I’ve never heard of this eating disorder which now has prevalence in the realm of ED.

This blog post is purely to share the link to this article in hopes to educate others who will probably just be learning about this newly identified ED as well. Knowledge is power!

http://millennials365.com/an-eating-disorder-thats-not-about-body-image/

Scam Diets Exposed: #1 The Military Diet

Hello, everyone! Sorry I’ve been off the grid for about three days- gotta make that pay.

However, I’m back, and today I’m going to be discussing the first of many scam diets… starting with The Military Diet. If you are unaware of what this diet is, it’s essentially a THREE-DAY DIET that promises a loss of weight up to 10 lbs in a week. Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because it is.

I’ll give you a sample guideline of what to expect by trying this diet:

Breakfast: A 260-calorie breakfast of a piece of dry toast, one egg and a banana.

Lunch: Exactly five saltine crackers (no more, no less) and 1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese, for a total of 270 calories.

Dinner: Two hot dogs, 1 cup of cooked broccoli or cabbage, 1/2 cup of cooked carrots and a banana, followed by a dessert of 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream. This is about 600 calories.

*No snacks are allowed on the diet. 

Some may say that doesn’t sound all bad. I’m going to tell you the exact reason why it is. Several studies have shown this diet provides an extreme caloric restriction on both men and women, meaning that after the three days are up, you’re going to gain that 10 lbs right back. It has also been proven that many people who have tried it once, tend to go back to it. The constant up and down of their weight shows to weaken your immune system and organs, and can also lead to gallstones and other heart problems. It’s also recommended that you do NOT exercise on this diet. WTF?

The point of this is, this diet is extremely dangerous and unsustainable. Who wants to eat a diet that has a strict set of foods, rules, and calories? Those who have tried the diet in the past do say that the main way that people lose weight on this diet is…. wait for it….

Calorie restriction. [No one is surprised].

ANY DIET, under ANY circumstances, that promotes calorie restriction is NOT a real or healthy diet. It is a SCAM, it is UNSUSTAINABLE, and has extremely negative effects on your overall health.

Friendly reminder to never try this scam diet- a balanced, organic diet with regular exercise is the way to go. Always.

Sources:

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/article/1930550/dont-fall-military-diet-hype-its-dangerous-and-unsustainable

http://www.livestrong.com/article/326193-three-day-military-diet/

Cheat Days vs Cheat Meals…

I’m writing this as I’m planning my own cheat meal for the day. It’s looking like a pizza night tonight!

I do believe that cheat meals once a week are super important to help balance out our mental states so we don’t go crazy while trying to eat healthy and lose weight. Cheat days, however, I am against. For myself, a cheat day always turns into a cheat weekend, and so on. Eventually, it can lead to even a cheat month or even further than that, so it’s important to treat yourself without engaging in bad eating behaviors.

If you have a past like I do, you’ve struggled with binge-eating on every junk food you can find. The point of a well-balanced diet is to properly measure all different types of food you eat each day. A full cheat day can enhance bad eating behaviors that are similar to that of a binge-eating disorder, and start you on a bad path unintentionally. It’s important to keep in mind your overall health and well-being while on any type of diet, as that is the most crucial aspect of dieting.

Of course, some people don’t believe in a cheat meal at all! Sometimes they are better off without and everyone is different. You have to experiment with it and find out what works best for you.

Friendly reminder of the day: One cheat meal isn’t going to stop you from looking and feeling your best. 🙂

The importance of NOT relying on a scale.

The scale can be a huge help in measuring weight loss by pounds. Unfortunately, it’s easy to abuse the scale and its powers. The scale has the ability to tell you how much you weigh at any given time… now, when you’re seriously trying to lose weight, it becomes easy to develop an obsession with those numbers. A very common symptom of scale obsession is weighing yourself everyday, feeling anxious when you don’t, and consistently stepping on and off multiple times to see if the number gets lower the next time. News flash, ladies and gents- the scale is proven to be an INACCURATE depiction of your health. Here are a couple important things to remember:

  1. Lower scale numbers do not equal healthy and higher scale numbers do not equal unhealthy

This is so important!!! I cannot stress it enough! Weight fluctuations are NORMAL and they happen to everyone. Your weight can creep up to 5 lbs throughout the day from eating and drinking. This is something that cannot be reversed, and therefore, we must come to terms with. No one likes to see fluctuations, but they must happen in order to progress further.

2.  The BMI is a load of crap

I spent so long being bent out of shape because the BMI calculator was telling me that I was overweight for my height. The BMI is a GENERIC body modification calculator that does NOT attend to or consider different body types and different lifestyles. For instance, I run daily and lift weights, so I build a lot of muscle. Most of my weight is in muscle and I’m very toned, yet the BMI calculator still says I’m overweight. Sounds a little funky, right? That’s because it is. Don’t trust a ‘calculator’ to modify your health. Trust your instinct.

3.  Weighing in once a week is better for your mental health rather than weighing in everyday

I used to weigh in everyday, and found myself becoming obsessed with those numbers. Whenever they weren’t moving, or crept up even two ounces, I’d lose my mind. It’s proven to better your mental health and also heighten your chances of weight loss to weigh in only once per week, same day, same time.

In short, do not rely on other forms of generic weight/health modification charts or scales. Only YOU know what’s best for YOU. The scale becomes useless when it allows you to think negative thoughts about yourself. It’s all about how you feel and look, not the number on the scale or where you fall on a body weight chart. Remembering these tips will surely help ease the mind when transitioning into a healthier you.

 

 

Abundance Abundance Abundance!

The largest part of starting this blog was influenced mainly by the fact that I know so many people who diet the wrong way. Not only that, but I, too, had been brainwashed to think that restricting calories and over-exercising was the right way to do it. The list goes on, too… caloric deficits, constant weighing, forbidding yourself of certain foods. It’s truly CRAP, ladies and gentlemen. And it doesn’t work.

This way of dieting ultimately harms not only your body, but also your mental health. When you start restricting your calories and not allowing yourself to eat when hungry, you are lacking your nutrients, you are lacking the energy that food gives you. Why would we strive to stay away from food, when we need food to survive? Calories, carbs, and fats are what we NEED to survive. We need not be afraid of these things. Sadly so, media has brainwashed us into thinking that all carbs are bad, everything needs to be “fat free”, and that we have to eat a certain number of calories everyday. And if we go over these limits, we need to restrict even more.

The fact of the matter is, as humans, we can truly eat as much as we want. Of course, if you’re aiming to lose weight and become healthier, portion control is necessary, but can be taken to an extreme very easily. It’s important to work with a nutritionist or any health professional/doing extensive research before making changes to your everyday diet in this way. Without the proper guidance or knowledge, you can put yourself on the path to an eating disorder.

When it comes down to it, you can never go wrong with fruits and veggies. They are truly the healthiest foods for you and you can indulge on them freely. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “But I don’t like fruits or vegetables. How do I start?” I was in the same boat. I had been a vegetarian all my life, but I was more of a junk food vegetarian- wasn’t a huge fan of health foods! As I grew older and social media became more prevalent in my life, I discovered this little thing called Pinterest… and it’s pretty much my entire life for finding new amazing and healthy recipes! I urge everyone and anyone to make a Pinterest account and search search search! I’ve found some of my favorite meals on Pinterest- they are 100% healthy, nutritious, and you can indulge as you wish.

Please remember, everyone, that when you are trying to lose weight, restriction is not the answer. It’s been proven time and time again that after a long period of restriction, once you begin to eat normally again, you will gain the weight back faster than you lost it, and even more! We want to keep the weight off permanently, no? So, start by thinking in abundance, not in restriction. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you in the long run. 🙂

Here’s my favorite recipe from Pinterest to share with you all. (I modified the recipe a little bit for myself to make it wholly vegan!)

Welcome! :)

Hi, everyone!

My name is Jane Kenney and if you couldn’t tell by the name of the new blog, I’m also vegan. What do ya know!?

The point of this blog is because I have had problems with eating disorders in the past and what is technically thought of as the “proper” way to eat. Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to go vegan or else. I’m actually going to blog about a wide range of topics in the realm of eating from many disorders, proper eating, proper exercising, fad diets, real diets that actually work, and more. I’m also going to be using this website to educate people about my genetic disorder, PKU (Phenylketonuria), which limits my diet to low-protein foods and greatly affects my everyday diet.

I have a passion for educating people and helping them realize what clean eating actually is and how we can use the resources given to us to nurture our bodies, rather than to harm them. Mainstream media has become one of the top influences in the world of young men and women developing unhealthy ways of eating, ultimately leading to disordered eating or even worse.

Thanks for reading! More to come.

XO, Jane

I give you all my favorite vegan joke…

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