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.

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/

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!)