In this episode of Abbey’s Kitchen, Abbey is reviewing Freelee’s What I Eat in a Day video AGAIN, because apparently she has changed her diet since we last reviewed the last video. To be fair to Freelee Abbey has decided to review one of Freelee’s latest videos to see whether her diet has improved.
Let’s do this.
(0:46) Squeezing all that orange juice looks like a crazy workout. Abbey appreciates the orange factoid, but let’s talk about how much she is consuming. Abbey loves a glass of OJ, especially a glass of freshly squeezed OJ, however Abbey can’t get behind 1 and a half to 2 litres of orange juice for ONE MEAL. Juice is not a meal. Juice is not even a snack.
Let’s talk nutrition for a hot second.
With only one cup of orange juice you will get: 200% of your daily value of vitamin C, 500 mg of potassium and 10% of your daily vitamin A intake. Yes, orange juice has its benefits, but you don’t need 2.5 litres worth of it to reap them.
Let’s find out how much Freelee is getting.
For two litres of orange juice for breakfast, she’s getting:
1,750% of her daily vitamin C
4,227mg of potassium
230grams of carbs
178grams of sugar
(2:33) No Freelee, don’t do it. If you thought 178 grams of sugar was enough for one meal, Freelee takes it even further with a ladle worth of coconut sugar.
Freelee is consuming almost 1,000 calories just from orange juice which is basically sugar. You can eat so many more whole foods and feel way more satisfied if you just ate your calories instead of chugging them from a pitcher.
(3:30) Freelee is already starting the base of her milkshake with twenty dates which is approximately 1,300 calories, 3,300mg potassium, 360grams of carbs, and a whopping 319 grams of sugar. Then she adds a litre of water, which makes this basically a watered down milkshake.
The final tally shows Freelee has drank: 2,240 calories, 7,527mg of potassium, 590 grams of carbs and has almost hit 500 grams of sugar. These numbers are crazy unbalanced. TO give you a comparison, a typical women needs about 1500-2000 calories a day, 3,500 – 4,700mg of potassium, 225-325 grams of carbs, 25-40 grams of sugar. Abbey is majorly worried about with Freelee’s diet is the high sugar intake and the high potassium intake. Potassium can do wonders for us, however having too little in our blood or too much can be deadly. High potassium levels in our blood can cause serious issues like muscle weakness, nausea/vomiting, trouble breathing or irregular heartbeats.
(5:50) Abbey has no problem with someone enjoy a date milk shake but this portion size is insane. Sure, have a glass of it but there is no evidence whatsoever that having a pitcher of that is healthy for you.
(6:46) Freelee is actually cooking something which is exciting. Nevermind this is her last cooked meal.
Abbey is actually digging this dinner because it’s got lots of fun flavours and she’s cooking with peas and lentils! She’s actually using some tasty plant based proteins which is a nice change and some tasty vegetables.
For once, Freelee’s dinner seems somewhat balanced. I mean it’s still very starchy, but she’s included a variety of vegetables, and even some plant based protein!
This dish may have made her day a little bit more balanced, but let’s not forget about the absurd amount of calories and sugar she consumed earlier in the day. Abbey does not see much of a change in Freelee except for the cooking (and she’s going back to raw anyway). Her portion sizes are out of control and half of the food she prepared was in liquid food, which takes a huge amount of pleasure out of eating. Food is meant to be enjoyed with friends and family and not consumed out of pitchers by yourself.