What is too thin? Isn’t healthy the most important thing? Did Bethenny really get back into such great shape after giving birth the natural way?
According to Bethenny Frankel “The truth is, I was healthy before and during my pregnancy and afterward the weight just came off”
We know that it’s true that Bethenny was thin and in good shape before she got pregnant, we’ve watched her for three years on The Real Housewives Of New York. She has always been thin and as a natural foods chef, she knows how to eat properly, cook healthy foods and regularly does yoga.
Is Bethenny skinnier now than she was when we first met her on The Real Housewives of New York? January 2008 Bravo introduced us to Bethenny, owner of Bethenny Bakes and Personal Chef to the Stars.
Bethenny’s weight loss tips in her book are sometimes questioned as controversal, she tells her readers to “taste everything, eat nothing”. Taken out of context that could certainly sound like an unhealthy way to lose weight and be healthy.
After reading Bethenny’s book, I better understood what she means by this. So many diets (a word she doesn’t use at all) deprive you of certain foods, what Bethenny is trying to say is to go ahead and eat what you love, just take a bite or two. (easier said than done for most of us) Bethenny talks a lot about portion control, she advises to use small plates and tiny ramekin cups as your serving dishes. Eat slowly and excercise frequently.
We see Bethenny eat on her show, is that all just for filming? While she was pregnant she was eating frosting right out of the can for breakfast. We watched her eating a pasta meal at her in-laws home and preparing meals in her own home.
Bethenny tweets frequently about restaurants and street vendors in New York where she has eaten excellent meals. When she travels she posts requests for restaurant suggestions in her destination city.
The photo above taken in November 2006 was probably Bethenny at the heaviest we’ve ever seen her, there is an evident pooch in her tummy. Five years later she has clearly lost weight but she is she healthy? She certainly looks healthy, so how did she do it?
Bethenny likes to eat, she enjoys food. I think she’s learned to eat properly and in moderation. She has will power and that is the key to any successful weight loss program.
Bethenny talks about her childhood and how she struggled with her weight as a kid, she claims to have tried every diet program available and that her mother was fanatical about weight loss.
Bethenny talks a lot about her Yoga program, after Bryn was born Bethenny tweeted many times about doing her Yoga, she seemed to enjoy it. Of course she was also selling her Yoga DVD at the time.
What do you think? Is Bethenny healthy or did she lose too much weight too fast? Is she scary skinny?
A message from our resident research genius, Harvey:
Kelly was shown arriving but not staying at the charity event that Ramona had purchased a table for… here’s what Harvey found:
Harvey found out that there is a Mr. Gucci. His name is Georgio Gucci and he is a descendant of the original Gucci, but has no association with the House of Gucci, which the family sold in 1998. He has a luxury brands company called Georgio G. He is an old man who hadn’t been to the U.S. in 20 years prior to this charity gala, which was held on 9/29 at the Pierre Hotel. So it is highly unlikely that Kelly knew him, much less knew him well enough to receive a personal invite.
There were two events – an open party for which tickets were $350 and a private after-party for which tickets were $500.
If he had invited Kelly, it would have been incredibly rude not to stay, and we now know why she didn’t stay, she was likely invited to purchase a ticket like anyone else. She didn’t want to be with old people like Mr. Gucci and Ramona. She wanted to be with her 20-something pals, because she can’t accept that she is 42.
So she went off to the Stella Artois launch:
Real Housewives of New York – Season Four by Quincy IL
It’s All About Sonja, Part One
It’s the break of day at Sonja Morgan’s townhouse and the coffee has not kicked in yet. Sonja welcomes Luann who is dressed in a White Shift and Sweater for the MENA/marriage equality march across the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Sonja is having her hair and makeup done by professionals unlike season one when she prided herself on being able to do such things for herself. A crown is placed on her up swept hair and the mood is set for the day.
Luann arrives in a white shift dress with a sweater. She explains that her wedding dress is in a museum. Sonja just happens to have a collection of wedding dresses on hand from a designer so she offers Luann her choice of gowns for the event.
Sonja makes a pre-emptive strike. She explains to Luann that MENA called last night to ask her to be the Grand Marshall of the event. Sonja explains that they wanted her because she was so light and funny and such a gay icon. She concludes the description with “so I agreed.” It seems that something made Sonja feel that she had to give an explanation on camera right away.
Sonja and Luann discuss what dress would look great on Kelly. They try on dresses. Sonja can’t zip one off the shoulder dress up, but she loves that dress.
Kelly arrives with a bouquet of white, yellow and orange flowers for Sonja. Sonja thanks her and reminds us of Kelly’s other gifts: cleanse and scented candles.
Alex arrives and she thanks the other women for participating in this important event. Sonja immediately thanks everyone for coming to her “special day.” Sonja states that she knows the ladies are big supporters of Sonja and the event. Alex states that she is actually on the committee while Sonja gives her the look. The battle has been joined.
Kelly speaks to us in an interview, “I don’t know if it is Sonja’s Day or Alex’s Day. I was there for the March for Marriage Equality.”
Alex tells the ladies that she pushed Jill and Ramona to come to the event yesterday at the wedding in the Hamptons. Alex explains that she tried to keep the drama out of the wedding out of respect for the bride. She begins to lecture the ladies about the meaning of the march, but Kelly says, “Let’s just have fun!” The other women agree. Luann doesn’t want an infomercial from Alex. Sonja asks, “Was that a public broadcast?” Alex feels put in her place for good reasons.
Sonja states that she is the Grand Marshall numerous times as the color of Alex’s face begins to change. Alex tells us in an interview that it is about the cause, not a person, but Sonja is not getting the message.
At the march, we hear one of the speakers state, “The founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they knew that this nation remained so bigoted, intolerant, and unequal.” The Real Housewives of New York City” come out of their black limo in their designer wedding dresses and are laughing about the fit of their dresses. They check out how each other look and go towards the photographers for their photo session.
Sonja again thanks the other housewives for all of their support and undivided attention on her big day.
Alex meets with Simon who is wearing a rainbow jacket with sparkles. He informs her that they were told that as a part of Sonja’s agreement to be Grand Marshall, she insisted that she be the only one to speak at the rally before the March.
Alex tells Sonja that they just got a call from the organizers saying, “Simon cannot not speak and that you (Sonya) would be the only one.” Sonya replies, “Yes, it’s about me coming to speak.” An argument ensues. Sonya is angry, “I am not having this conversation.” In an interview Sonja tells us, “I think as a friend Alex should have supported me and swallowed the pill, OK?”
Alex and Simon discuss the situation. Alex states, “She is speaking and we are not.” Alex tells Simon, “It’s like being hijacked.”
Sonja is upset and she giving her speech to Kelly in preparation for her address. Alex is bothering her as is Simon. Simon shouts, “Your ego is getting too big, Sonja.” Sonja angrily replies, “No, it’s not my ego. I am scared to death to do this.” Alex interjects, “The whole thing is that they cancelled Simon because you wanted to be the only one.” Kelly adds, “We are embarrassing ourselves.”
Luann, in an interview, tells us that Alex’s and Simon’s timing couldn’t have been more worse. It wasn’t about her, it was about gay marriage.”
Alex fights again, “Why are you being so exclusive? Just one word from you and Simon can speak.” Simon is frustrated and now silent.
Jill Zarin and Ginger, her dog, arrive. Jill has on street clothes. The ladies greet Jill. Alex says to Jill, “I am glad you came.” Jill goes on the attack, “Everyone knows I had a wedding and that I was not coming.” She screams at Alex to leave her alone several times. Jill tells Alex, “You’ve been picking on me since you saw me. Just leave me alone!” Alex looks dismayed. Alex tells Jill, “I am glad that you are here.” After a few minutes, Jill tells Alex, “Let’s just have a good time.” She forces Alex to touch her hand in agreement. Jill kisses Ginger with her lips and Ginger licks the inside of Jill’s nose.
Sonja begins her speech with a huge smile. She says, “How’s everyone doing? I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be here. I get to say something that is on my mind, Love. Love is equal. Same sex marriage is equal. Alex tells us in an interview that the rally was about “same sex marriage being legal.” Alex states that Sonja got marriage equality confused with gay pride.
It’s raining and the ladies are walking across the bridge to Manhattan. They are smiling for the cameras. Alex leads the cheer and the others follow.
Cindy Barshop is at home in her kitchen with her brother discussing plans for their parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. Cindy can’t take the nannies out of the country so the party has to be in the USA. We get a play by play of Cindy’s brother’s and Ramona’s issues which concern a dead friend of Ramona and cigars. Cindy tells us that she has heard things about Ramona and she wonders about her, despite her comments on Ramona, Cindy tells us that this is between her bother, his girlfriend and Ramona. Ramona will be invited and everyone will have to get along. She and her brother have to discuss the big house they will rent in the Hamptons for the summer and the size of their boat.
Feelings Run Deep
The wedding march is over and they all go to Alex’s home in Brooklyn to celebrate. Jill Zarin says, “I am not spending energy on things that are inconsequential, unimportant and petty. Alex is speaking to Jill, “We have to talk. We can’t pretend all that stuff didn’t happen. Not now, go to Australia. I don’t know how I feel, but I am willing to talk about it. Jill Zarin and Alex hug. While hugging Jill Zarin gives Alex a piece of her mind, “Thanks for throwing me an olive branch.” Alex is shocked. Francois runs into the room dressed in Simon’s rainbow jacket. Alex says, “Don’t climb up her leg.” Jill plays with the boy and tells him, “You can climb up my leg. You can climb up my leg.” Alex takes a drink from her wine glass.
Simon speaks to his guests and explains that if he had not found an Alexandria, but instead, an Alexander, he would not have been allowed to get a fiancé visa, a green card, a job and US citizenship. He would have had to go back to Australia. Sonja is confused. She wonders if Simon is trying to tell us something. She wonders about his clothes. Sonja confides, “Sometimes, I would have had him go back to Australia.”
Let’s Slay That Girl
Sonja and Luann meet for lunch to discuss Alex and Simon. Sonja felt that she was the victim of a dry by shooting. Luann whispers, “They are so annoying. She was going after Jill. We know that you (Alex) care about this cause so do we.” Sonja, “Well said.” Luann said, “She found her voice, but now her voice is aggressive and no matter how hard she tries to climb up the social ladder once you get to the top you have to be comfortable with how you are and she is not that person.” They both drink wine.
Housewives Being Charitable
Ramona has purchased a table at the Gucci Fundraiser and she didn’t invite Kelly Bensimon because “Kelly can be a whackadoodle.” Alex explains her perspective of the event at the equality marriage march and Ramona listens. Ramona tells us that she knows Sonja and this doesn’t seem correct to her. She does not want to take sides.
Sonja arrives with Kelly who was not invited by Ramona, but rather by Mr. Gucci. They pose for photos and Sonja remarks that she came with a super model. Ramona freaks about the table setting and does not like surprises, but Kelly says, “Hiiiii,” then leaves without dinner. Kelly describes her relationship with Ramona in an interview, “I know who she is. Friendship with boundaries. We can forgive, but we can’t forget.” Ramona tells us that the other ladies want to pretend that what happened didn’t happen. She states, “It’s irresponsible.”
Ramona sits next to Sonja and tells her that “Alex is spewing all this stuff.” They hold a conversation while Simon and Alex are at the same table eating and listening. Sonja explains that she was about to get on the stage in five minutes and they were saying, “They cancelled me. Why are you doing this to me? Blah, blah, blah.” Sonja said, “I was shaking like a leaf and that we all love our gays in New York so back off. I give them respect and I demand that they give me respect. I am not a doormat.”
It’s All About Sonja, Part Two
Sonja invited the housewives including Alex to her portrait revealing event featuring the artwork of Brian, her boyfriend. Alex arrives in a designer dress. Sonja shares with Alex, “I adore you. We had a great time in St. John’s. I never want to have Simon, is that the name of your husband?, in my ear like that. Like he’s such a big guy and he was in a sparkly jacket and he was in my ear.” Alex stood there and her jaw fell open. Sonja said, “It was horrible….” Alex said, “Actually, what was horrible was using the entire event to make it about you and not marriage equality.” Sonja said, “Actually, everybody’s eyes went to you off of the wedding march because you were making it about you.” Alex again tried to explain, “No, that is not the case. This was something that Simon and I have both been involved in since July. We were on the committee and I was supposed to speak, but we decided that Simon would make a speech instead of me. If you would just look at the website….”
Sonja said, “I am going to cut you off because you make no sense. They called me in the spring.”
The fight continued with the ladies chasing each other around the space, saying the same things, and no listening to the other person. Sonja then started hurling insults, “You turned into a Bridezilla.” Alex responded, “You kicked him off of the podium.” After more sparring, Sonja began to tell Alex to leave. Alex agreed, but wanted to make her point first. Sonja began to shout, “You need to get some manners.” Luann and Cindy came to the door and Sonja walked away. Alex told Luann that it was none of her business and left.
Sonja now shares her version of the story with Luann and Cindy. Luann says in an interview that she would have helped Sonja toss Alex out of the house for wearing a dress that reminded Luann of some kind of S&M bondage kind of thing.
Alex calls Simon from a dark street. She tells him that Sonja said it was all his fault. In an interview, Alex tells us that she is 37 and has never been thrown out of an event before.
Ramona arrives at Sonja’s townhouse and listens to the gossip. They unveil the painting of Sonja. No one seems to like it. Cindy says her boyfriend would be her boyfriend if he painted her like that. Ramona didn’t like it, but if Sonja likes it that is the important thing. Luann takes a photo of Sonja with the canvas from her phone