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Much of Bethenny Frankel’s advice in her book, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, is widely available in popular health and fitness magazines. In fact, many of her tips are common sense ways to balance one’s everyday diet. The book focuses on eating in moderation, not denying oneself, and satisfying cravings, but parts of it seem to highlight some disordered eating behaviors. While nothing from the book was particularly surprising, Bethenny’s approach was a good reminder to practice a little self-control every now and then.
Naturally Thin is split into two sections: The Rules and The Naturally Thin Program. In the first section, Bethenny explain her 10 basic rules:
1. Your diet is your bank account
2. You can have it all, just not all at once
3. Taste everything, eat nothing
4. Pay attention
5. Downsize now
6. Cancel your membership to the clean plate club
7. Check yourself before you wreck yourself
8. Know thyself
9. Get real
10. Good for you
In theory, all of Bethenny’s rules are great advice for someone wishing to lose or maintain their weight. A number of the rules may change your thinking about how, when, and why you eat.
  • Your diet is your bank account. Bethenny explains that you need to balance your food choices– similar to balancing a checkbook. She suggests balancing a carby meal (oatmeal) with a protein-packed meal (salad with chicken breast) and a final meal that combines both carbs and protein.
  • You can have it all, just not all at once. Repeating this rule in your head may help when dining out or attending special events with lots of delicious food. Depriving yourself is not the answer, but you don’t need to treat yourself to every delicious treat that passes your plate. For instance, when eating out, have a piece of bread from the bread basket, a glass of wine, OR dessert! Not all of them! Bethenny suggests picking what you most want most and enjoy it. You can always have dessert another time– it’s not going anywhere.
  • Good for you. Your friend may eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast, but that doesn’t mean you should eat the exact same thing. Maybe you dislike mushy foods. Maybe the thought of breakfast makes you sick to your stomach or dinner is your favorite meal of the day. You need to find out what is good for you and do it. You are the only person who really knows what is good for you.
The second section of Naturally Thin goes through a week of Bethenny’s eating and shows how to implement the rules in everyday situations. In this context, a number of her rules make perfect sense. In other instances, however, it seems like she did not eat enough calories. For example, here’s what Bethenny ate in one day:
  • Breakfast: Hummus and roasted red peppers on one pita triangle. (One pita triangle is not a meal!)
  • Lunch: 1 glass of Chardonnay, 1/2 spinach salad with crab meat and hearts of palm.
  • Snack: 1/2 bag of popcorn with sea salt, one bite of a cookie.
  • Dinner: 1 Skinny Girl Margarita; green salad drizzled with ginger dressing, 1 spicy scallop hand roll with mayo but no rice, 2 steamed vegetable dumplings, 1 steamed crab dumpling, 2 pieces of sushi. (Taste everything, eat nothing.)
  • Snack2 bites of a friend’s Pinkberry frozen yogurt. (How is this a snack!?)
Bethenny may have been balancing her “bank account,” but skipping meals and counting 2 bites of food as a snack is not a nutritious diet. Of course, this was just one day of Bethenny’s life and she was doing what was good for her, but her calorie intake is low (even for someone living a relatively sedentary lifestyle). Bethenny admits that her eating habits are not perfect, but including the second part of the book sets a bad example for those striving to be “naturally thin.”
Even though many people may disagree with with various pieces of advice from Naturally Thin, there is something to be gained by Bethenny’s approach to eating. She calls on readers to be accountable and responsible for their food choices, but encourages them to enjoy “what you really want” in moderation. However, it is important to remember that this book was not written by a doctor or Registered Dietitian, and what works for Bethenny may not work for everyone. Some women may thrive to be “Hollywood thin,” but the Naturally Thin Program is unrealistic and unhealthy, especially for someone trying to lose weight in a healthy way. While some of Bethenny’s eating philosophy is quality advice, her program is not ideal for optimal health for most people.
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Minor Changes and Expensive Memberships

So, you may remember me mentioning some blog “changes.” Well, don’t fret, it’s nothing major. I’ve decided to change the “format” of my blogging for a number of reasons:

With all of these factors converging at once, it makes sense for me to change how and when I blog. With my fancy-schmancy one-month membership to Healthworks and my goal to exercise consistently in the mornings once again, I have decided to combine my breakfast and lunch posts into one, instead of posting 2 separate posts for each meal. However, my morning post is my favorite post of the day (I’m not sure why… it just is!), so I might have a way to fit in both my morning workout at Healthworks and blog about breakfast. We’ll see if I can finagle it! So, no major changes in the blog– just a little something to keep you on your toes!

Workout + Breakfast

So, let me explain my one-month pass to Healthworks. As you know, I contribute twice per month to the Healthworks blog, Boston’s Women’s Wellness. As a thank you (I assume), the marketing department kindly gave me a gift certificate for a free one-month membership at any of the Healthworks locations! Obviously, I was psyched! You guys have heard me rave about HW many, many, many times on CNC in the past, but I just need to reiterate that it is still the best all-women’s gym in the area. Healthworks has the best facilities, best classes, best instructors, best staff, best programs and events… they’re just the BEST!

After my free month, I might just join HW again. I need to look at my finances to see if I can afford the membership! You get what you pay for when it comes to gym memberships! What’s the most you’d pay per month for a membership at a really nice healthclub?

After my workout, I headed to the office, where I ate breakfast at my desk while catching up with emails. Today’s breakfast was a mix of oats, wheatberries, ground flaxseed meal, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and a squirt of agave nectar for some added sweetness. I’m not going to lie, I missed my peanut butter this morning!


With an orange, iced coffee with soy milk from Starbucks, and H20 for rehydration…



Hooray! The Cafe Rojo Gato has outdoor seating! It’s the little things in life that make all of the difference, right? Warm weather (and everything that goes along with it) just makes me so happy! And, rumor has it that Boston might see close to the 80’s this weekend! That’s summer weather in my book!


Today’s lunch was a repeat from yesterday. I actually made three salads the other night: 1 for dinner and two for lunch this week. It so much easier when you have all of the ingredients ready to be chopped and tossed into a salad than doing it three separate times.


Close-up shots…



The rest of lunch included peanut butter Puffins mixed with chocolate chips, a very ripe banana, and a Sigg full of water.


Cafe 908

After my commute home this evening, I walked into my apartment to see this scene:


My wonderful and amazing husband created, what he referred to as, “Cafe 908” for our dining enjoyment this evening. (FYI: Our apartment is #908.)

Mal also washed, dried, and folded 5 loads of laundry! Now, isn’t that a gal’s dream!?!


Ok, back to this romantic scene…


Mal had planned to serve dinner outside on our balcony, but the weather turned cold right before I arrived at home, so he moved Cafe 908 inside, next to the balcony, which was just as nice and sooo much warmer!

On the menu at Cafe 908 was Kashi’s Fiery Fiesta flavor from their 7 Whole Grain Pilaf Sides, which combines 7 whole grains with roasted corn, tomatoes, red bell peppers, black beans, cilantro, and fiery poblano chilies. The Whole Grain Pilaf can be prepared via microwave in just 60 seconds.


Mal turned this side dish into a full-on meal by adding a can of black beans, chopped red pepper, and half of a diced onion. With Mal’s ingredient additions, this meal was delicious and very satisfying.


The Kashi pilaf is great as a pre-packaged, convenience food, but it wasn’t as flavorful and robust as the “real deal.” Mal’s additions definitely made the meal.


With ice water and candlelight…


After dinner, Mal suggested opening a bottle of citrusy-sweet Pomelo, Sauvignon Blanc for dessert. But, first, he had to check the label to make sure it was an appropriate option for Cafe 908’s dessert menu.


Yep, it passed all of the Cafe 908 criteria!


Mal and I each enjoyed a glass of wine while catching up with Tuesday night’s American Idol performances. (What is up with Anoop’s eyebrows!?)


I’m hitting the hay early tonight! I need to get back on schedule with my early morning workouts. Good night!!

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