Wouldn’t you like to be “Naturally Thin”


When I had lunch with author, natural food chef, and reality TV star Bethenny Frankel earlier this year, she assured me that everyone can be “Naturally Thin”.Bethenny Frankel & Gracey Hitchcock
Bethenny is her own best advertisement. She is thin, trim, and glowing with health, but she actually does eat. She is as funny and charming in person as she is on The Real Housewives New York. Her book Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting is already a best seller. I thought it would be fun to remind everyone of some of the tips she shared.
DD: You have talked about your difficult childhood; how did you get interested in food and cooking?
BF: When I was young, I ate at a restaurant seven nights a week, not including the multitude of breakfasts and lunches spent out. Food was an absolute obsession in my house, although not always in a healthy way. I have been a foodie my whole life who was eating escargot at four years old. When other children watched cartoons, I watched cooking shows. I always loved to cook but gained a lot of my confidence in culinary school years later.

DD: What do you mean by “naturally thin?”
BF: Naturally thin is a misused term. People believe that the thin people around them were born that way. The truth is that, generally speaking, a thin person has different eating styles and habits that make them appear to be thin naturally. For example, the girl who orders a cheeseburger and fries, or pizza or pasta, seems like she is naturally thin. But the fact that she finishes only half, or doesn’t eat like that all day, or isn’t obsessed about food, is really why she is thin. Everyone can be naturally thin. Everyone has a ‘skinnygirl’ trapped inside.

DD: Does being naturally thin go beyond eating habits? Is it a lifestyle?
BF: Naturally thin is absolutely a lifestyle, and it means something different for every one. If Britney Spears and Oprah have fluctuating weight, it must be daunting for someone who is struggling financially. Naturally thin works for everyone and shows everyone how to create that lifestyle for themselves, no matter what their job, location, or socioeconomic status is. I believe in quality over quantity, so I eat good ingredients; real food and flavors versus fake. For instance, I make low-calorie Skinnygirl Frangelini cocktails from vanilla vodka, club soda, and a splash of Frangelico – for that authentic hazelnut flavor.

DD: You talk about “toxic food noise.” Can you explain it please?
BF: Naturally thin was written to eliminate the toxic internal dialogue and chatter that so many of us have about food. Were we good because we ate nothing? Were we bad because we over-indulged. The fact that every meal is a negotiation is absurd. I help people turn food noise into a food voice, freeing them from obsessive dieting. Food is not your best friend or your enemy. It’s just food.

DD: Do you think that anyone can be naturally thin, even those of us who naturally plump?
BF: Absolutely. This book will change a plump person’s life. Everyone around me has lost weight effortlessly and gradually. My assistant lost 25 pounds just by listening to me edit my book.

DD: What does a skinnygirl eat for lunch?
BF: Whatever she really wants, yet she considers what she had for breakfast (if she had breakfast), what she thinks she will eat or drink later, what time of the month it is, how she feels, etc. A skinnygirl lives in the moment and realizes that it isn’t only about what she eats, but what she eats next. A skinnygirl can have some fries or dessert, but she will not punish herself for that by going on a tear and binging. A skinnygirl is in control of what she eats, and she decides. Frangelico iced coffee is a great brunch treat to replace a Bloody Mary which is filled with salt. Mix iced coffee with soy or skim milk and a splash of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. It replaces the sugar and adds a nutty hazelnut flavor.

DD: Have you helped any of the other women on the show with dieting or nutrition?
BF: I have helped Jill Zarin. She has learned to follow my rule: taste everything, eat nothing. She has lost a lot of weight by reading Naturally Thin and following and understanding the simplicity of its principles. I have cooked for all of the housewives and taught them recipes. I also have introduced them to my Skinnygirl cocktails.
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Bethenny blogs on a variety of subjects at http://www.bravotv.com/ . Her own website is http://www.bethennybakes.com/