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Bethenny Frankel Says ‘Taste Everything, Eat Nothing’

shutterstock_57598558__1381087424_142.196.156.251Bethenny Frankel has a talk show now – did you know that? I happened upon it the other day. I turned it on just as she was spouting her famous diet mantra, Taste Everything, Eat Nothing:

Is there anyone here who struggles with food noise?

Apparently, food noise is any internal dialogue you have about food. Okay. I can accept that. As someone who suffered from eating disorders for half of my adult life – I can attest to the fact that there is a lot of obsessing involved when you have an unhealthy relationship with food. How does Bethenny recommend we deal with this unhealthy obsession? That’s right, taste everything, eat nothing.

After she interviews the woman about her “food noise” Bethenny takes her studio audience for a walk on the streets of New York and visits an array of delicious food trucks. Fried mac and cheese, whoopie pie, fruit smoothies – you name it, Bethenny buys it. She then takes one bite and passes it along to a studio audience member she’s never met before friend.

I guess Bethenny is somewhat of a self-proclaimed diet pro – because she once lost 20 pounds and has made a shit-ton of money off of her Skinny Girl marketing. She must know that not everyone has the income to just buy food, take a bite, and not actually eat it. Some of us actually have to consume the food we buy because food is f-ing expensive and we can’t just light our money on fire like that. Also I have a problem with a celebrity giving diet advice that basically trademarks the words, “eat nothing.”

Once you get past those few annoying things though, the advice on the whole is pretty good; eat in moderation. Although it’s not financially practical, it is refreshing to have someone remind you that you can indulge in pretty much anything as long as you don’t go overboard.  I will admit that it’s slightly annoying to be coming off my second c-section, trying really hard to lose weight and listening to a woman who is rail thin tell me losing weight is easy, just don’t “eat like a crazy person.”

Bethenny has made a career off of being the “skinny girl.” I should probably just shut up and listen to her.

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  • Vicki Lewis

    When I first read this headline I thought “taste everything, eat nothing” must be a joke, she can’t be serious. That’s a terrible mantra. And I don’t think Bethenny Frankel looks very healthy anyway.

    • Emily

      And, frankel-y (see what I did there?!) she may be rich and famous and skinny, but I wouldn’t trade one Mallomar to be in her shoes.

  • G.E. Phillips

    Ugh. I want to shove a Subway $5 footlong in her mouth every time I hear her say that. The tuna one. With cheese. Because EAT A SANDWICH, BETHENNY FRANKEL.

  • Zoe Lansing

    Ugh.Reminds me of when this woman I know (who has a young daughter!) posted “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!” on Facebook. I replied “If you honestly think that, you’ve obviously never eaten at a real New Jersey diner or had my stepmother’s lasagna or my aunt’s cookies.Or sat on a hard surface with a boney butt,for that matter.” Food can taste delicious (especially if you actually,you know, EAT it) and skinny can feel downright miserable.

    • Harriet Meadow

      Yep, if anyone ever said that to me I’d be like “LIES!!!!!”

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      i HATE that saying!

    • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

      Skinny feels awful, srs. Especially when teasing the shit out of skinny people is seen as being somehow pro-feminist/pro-body image.

    • Zoe Lansing

      Totally.”Real women have curves” is another saying that has to go.The fact that I’m scrawny doesn’t somehow make me fake or not a woman.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      I’m a big ol’ fattie, and my mantra used to be “real women have vaginas” until I decided that was not kind to the trans community, and have now revised it to “real women identify as women and use female pronouns!”
      I never really understood knocking someone else down to make yourself feel better.

    • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

      ikr? So counterproductive.

  • Harriet Meadow

    F that. I like to feel full. I’m good at dieting when I need to, but I freakin’ HATE IT because I just want to be in a food coma ALL THE TIME.

  • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

    lol. As someone with a *raging* eating disorder, here’s what I do. Chew food, take in some (some!) of the juices, spit it out. That’s what a lot of people with eating disorders do.

    So uh, thanks for encouraging that, Beth.

  • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

    She always has this… glazed, I guess, look in her eyes. It’s curious. Is she okay?

    • Ptownsteveschick

      She is probably just really really hungry.

    • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

      It’s something I see a lot in people on SSRIs, and I’m not saying that to be a smart-ass.

  • AnonyMouse

    EAT ALL THE THINGS!!! That’s my mantra.

  • Rachel

    After she interviews the woman about her “food noise” Bethenny takes her studio audience for a walk on the streets of New York and visits an array of delicious food trucks. Fried mac and cheese, whoopie pie, fruit smoothies – you name it, Bethenny buys it. She then takes one bite and passes it along to a studio audience member she’s never met before friend.

    Good grief…I won’t even jump into the obvious food issues this woman clearly has, and just say the first thought that comes to my mind. Does she seriously believe that ordinary people have the $$$ to just buy a ton of meals at take a single bite of eat?
    Here’s my mantra, dear Bethenny…’waste not, want not.’ That way,I get to feed my kid, wear clothes, get to and from my job, AND no fall behind on my rent.

    • Sara610

      I don’t think she’s saying that you should just take one bite of every MEAL (that being said, I didn’t watch the segment so maybe I’m wrong). This seems to apply to desserts, snacks, etc.

      This seems very similar to other advice that I’ve seen, which is that rather than completely denying yourself of anything decadent, you take one or two bites and then pass the rest off. I do this a lot. It’s a good way to enjoy the good stuff without going overboard.

      I’ve never seen anyone suggest that meals should be a one-bite affair; that completely defies logic and yes, it would be incredibly wasteful.

    • Blueathena623

      But there is the issue of storage and price for smaller servings and food going to waste. Like, for ice cream — a little thing of Ben and Jerry’s costs more than a carton of the store brand ice cream. If you splurge for the Ben’s, it takes up less room and is less likely to get nasty freezer burn, but you’re also spending more money.

      I dunno — I get the sentiment of not depriving yourself, but not everyone has someone to pass the food along to and I don’t think (although I could be wrong) food pantries accept open food.

    • Sara610

      I can just say how it works for me. For example, I keep some individually wrapped squares of dark chocolate in my freezer. Every night after dinner, I have one. Nothing goes to waste and it works for me. I don’t keep things in the house (like potato chips) that I know I’m going to have a hard time eating in moderation; every once in a while, I get a kids-size bag, enjoy it without guilt, and no food goes to waste.

      If I’m out with my family, very often we order one dessert for the entire table. Everyone gets a bite or two, which is plenty if it’s a really good dessert. If I’m out by myself, I don’t order a whole dessert or a plate of funnel cake because I know it will be a waste of money to eat a bite or two and throw the rest away. I only order things like dessert if I have people to share them with.

      I’m not saying that everyone has to do things the way I do, but it seems like people are pooh-poohing the idea of just eating in moderation–enjoying small portions of treats rather than either completely depriving yourself or gorging. I think the way Bethenny Frankel went about it sounds kind of ham-fisted, but the general approach (don’t deprive yourself, but rather enjoy good things in moderation without guilt) sounds pretty common-sense.

  • Shelly Lloyd

    I’ll second what everyone says about projecting unhealthy eating disorders–but the whole taking one bite out of something and passing it to a total stranger–gross. As if I would eat after a total stranger. I don’t care if it is a celebrity. That is just weird and gross.

  • NYBondLady

    Yes, it does suck to buy something to throw it away. But I think the “value” argument is one of the reasons people are overweight (it costs very little to supersize a value meal, for example). People hate seeing things go to waste. However, I’d rather throw food in the trash can (or give it to someone else) than see it end up on my body, where it is much harder to get rid of.

    • t-is-me

      You can have “value” and still not waste food. Just because it’s only $0.30 more to super – size a meal, doesn’t mean you A) should have been at McDonald’s to begin with, or B) that you need that much food. People need some damn self control.

  • Courtney Lynn

    Fuck you, Frankel! I’m eating it!

  • Klee

    Can someone explain why this woman is on TV? She is such an unpleasant person, and an idiot to boot.

  • Vanessa Ray

    The big question….who cares what Bethanny Frankal has to say?

  • Jessica M

    I think what she means is open to interpretation, I don’t believe she literally means eat one bite and that’s it. I believe she means “Eat everything but do not binge, everything in moderation”. For example, if you looove those horribly unhealthy rice roni side dishes like I do that tend to have 50 plus grams of carbs per 1 cup cooked rice serving, just don’t eat the whole serving, only eat half or a quarter of it. That way your eating but also cheating. Also, she’s a big advocate of eating 6-7 times a day but not huge plates, instead of a full size dinner plate just use a salad plate then eat small snacks between “real” meals. I personally have horrible food noise, I quit smoking and jumped from being 5’7″ and 130 lbs to a whopping 220 lbs in 3 years. I’ve adopted her “Taste everything, eat nothing” mantra and I’ve lost 25 lbs in the last 5 months so I think she’s fabulous. But that’s just me.

  • Auggiedoggy

    From the comments here its no wonder Americans are so fat.