Freelee the Banana Girl is a famous Australian YouTuber and Instagrammer, who saw her popularity skyrocket when news of her banana diet went viral.
It turns out, she actually follows a strict vegan diet, which at one point consisted mostly of fruit.
There is much more to Freelee, though, than just her love of bananas. In this article, we’ll dig into to everything there is to uncover about Freelee, including her current diet, age, and what she’s up to now.
Why is Freelee Called the “Banana Girl”?
As far as we have been able to find, Freelee gave herself the “Banana Girl” nickname, and it originates from the all-fruit diet that she was following at one point.
This may be the video that put her on the map when it comes to bananas…
How the Frugivorous (Banana) Diet Works
A frugivorous diet doesn’t actually involve eating only bananas, but it does consist of eating only fruits. On top of that, each meal of fruit would include a single type of fruit, so for breakfast you might eat just bananas, and for lunch you would eat only mangoes.
Back when Freelee was following the frugivorous diet, here is what a typical day might look like.
Frugivorous Daily Meal Plan Example
Breakfast: 2 Whole Pineapples
Midmorning Snack: As many kiwis, apples, pears, etc. as you want.
Lunch: 5 Bananas
Afternoon Snack: Strawberries, nectarines, peaches, etc.
Dinner: Blackberries, Cantaloupe, Bananas, Mango, etc.
Here’s a look at what a typical day might look like for Freelee:
Do You Have to Count Calories?
No. This has been a big thing that Freelee has stressed on her personal blog – when she switched to an all-vegan, mostly frugivorous diet plan, she no longer worried about counting calories, or limiting the amount of food she ate.
According to Freelee, she actually put on about 20 pounds after switching to this diet plan, but she was more focused on longterm goals vs. what was happening in the short-term.
Her focus was on health, rather than counting calories or the number on the scale.
As result, she says her health and fitness improved, and over the long-term she actually dropped about 20 kilos, and that was without any calorie deprivation.
How Old is Freelee?
As of this writing, Freelee is 38 years old. Her birthday is reportedly September 17, 1980.
More Controversy with New Nude Off-Grid Lifestyle?
We’re not sure why the nude part was so “controversial” though, other than that she announced that she spends most her day in the nude. That seemed to get a rise out of folks, for whatever reason, but it sounded more liberating than anything else.
Freelee has now shared many new videos and Instagram posts form her new off-grid home in the jungle. Some of the videos were filmed in the nude, although, they adhere to YouTube’s guidelines.
Is Her Lifestyle Fake?
Some people seemed to take issue with Freelee’s use of a smartphone and laptop in this new off-grid lifestyle, and even went so far to say she was a fake.
There were even people who accused of her of really living in a mansion, and just pretending to live in a shed.
That doesn’t appear to be the case though…
Freelee Addresses the Haters
In a now deleted Instagram post, Freelee addressed the trolls head on, and according to her, she spent many nights living in a tent under a shed, even enduring “monsoonal rains and gale force winds.”
She pointed to the fact that she had a smartphone that didn’t get any reception where she lived, and had a laptop and access to the internet via a satellite connection.
This, of course, was necessary, as she makes her living online, but there are still people who say she’s not actually off-grid because of her use of technology.
We don’t see the big deal, however, as everyone needs to make a living, and by all appearances, Freelee is living a very spartan existence, even with her access to the internet.
My Naked Lunchbox: Is She Following a New Diet?
Image via YouTube
While Freelee says she still maintains a high-carb, all-vegan diet, it looks like she’s eating more than just fruit these days.
You can keep up with her latest diet, living situation, and much more on her YouTube channel or Instagram pages.
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