Born In: Queensland, Australia
Leanne Ratcliffe, popularly known throughout YouTube as Freelee, is a fitness expert and fierce advocate of raw food movement coupled with veganism. Freelee rose to prominence when she declared that she gained perfectly toned body by following an extreme vegan diet consisting of bananas and potatoes. She is the creator of two YouTube channels where she talks about her diet, exercises and making positive changes in lifestyle. She has also given a series of inspirational talks on the difficult times in her life with the hope that it will have a good effect on her viewers. She also has a website of her own where she has created a space for all vegan and raw food enthusiasts. She has also authored an eBook outlining her diet and lifestyle principles. Freelee has also dipped her foot into the entrepreneurial pool though personalized merchandising as well as through her own app. From a woman dealing with a lot of hardships in her life to a successful social media influencer, Freelee the Bell has embarked on a truly inspirational journey that seems to be taking her places in life so far.
Nick Name: Leanne Ratcliffe, Freelee Bell, Freelee the Banana Girl
Born Country: Australia
Freelee started her channel to keep a record of her progress and to spread awareness about her diet techniques to help revive other lives. She has been following a strictly vegan diet since 2006, and has shed over 20 kilos weight. She shows off her toned body regularly as a proof that her diet can work wonders.
Freelee has made internet headlines when she declared to her audiences that she consumes almost 50 bananas per day as a part of her extreme vegan diet. She also added that at one time she can also consume about 2 kilos of potato as part of her dinner. She counters popular beliefs against a high carb diet with examples from the eating habits of longest surviving Asian cultures and maintaining that having a low fat/low salt diet is the key to effectively extract nutrition from any kind of diet.
Freelee is also the creator of the Raw Till 4 diet plan. She declares in an interview, “The concept of Raw Till 4 is to say no to calorie restriction and yes to eating and living abundantly,”. The diet consists of eating raw fruits and greens throughout the day without having to process them, and this is followed by a high carb, low fat cooked vegan dinner. The positive health effects of the diet plan has been boosted by several scientists, nutritionists and health experts who believe that this will help facilitate stomach acid, create a thriving environment for the beneficial gut bacteria, provide enough fibers to lubricate gut functions ultimately leading to a healthier and more robust digestion system. Freelee also insists that the diet being low in fat, having zero processed sugar and supplying beneficial salt balance to the body will instant give a healthy boost to an individual’s lifestyle.
Her YouTube channel is extremely popular with around 800K+ subscribers and has millions of views. She also has a second channel, which is comparatively new and has less number of subscribers. In her channels, she talks about lifestyle and dieting, advocating her own Raw Till diet plans. Freelee appears regularly in these videos flaunting her fantastic body and washboard abs as a testament of success to her diet which she has been following for the last 8 years.
Freele’s path to success has not been smooth. She has faced resistance on multiple occasions from fellow YouTubers, health experts and haters. Freelee’s longtime boyfriend and fellow vlogger, Harley 'Durianrider' Johnstone, went through a very public and nasty breakup, post which Johnstone accused Freelee of being manipulative, abusive and fake. He claimed that she was physically violent towards him pretty often and was using Botox since 2013, to enhance her appearance. Freelee denied all these claims outright.
She also has entered legal battle with fellow fitness expert Kayla Itsines, the brains behind the Bikini Body Guide over a series of post defaming her and her boyfriend in public. The problem arose from a book that Johnstone wrote where he hinted towards Itsines and her boyfriend saying how he can retire in about 100 countries around the world with the money he is earning by ‘pimping’ his girlfriend online. The couple was extremely offended and took legal actions against both Freelee and Johnstone.
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