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 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’.


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

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.