Gretchen Rossi Opens Up About Her Past Eating Disorder And Shares Some Dieting Tips

I can't.  I just can't.  The Real Housewives of Orange County may be the original housewives (although most aren't, in fact, wives), but sometimes they are also the most ridiculous.  Let's take Gretchen Rossi, for example.  She's not a wife–and with Slade Smiley as her beau she may never be one–but, like her counterparts, she loves to talk about whatever it takes to keep her in the spotlight.

For example, last week, Gretchen was yapping about how former best friend/current nemesis Alexis Bellino copied her hairstyle…because that's news.  This week, Gretchen is sharing with us her workout routine while applauding herself for overcoming bulimia.  Wait…didn't Alexis say she struggled with bulimia growing up when the ladies took a quick trip to Texas during season six?  Who is the copycat now, Gretch?



Thankfully for all of us couch potatoes, Gretchen recently spoke with Celebuzz about her fitness routine, her eating disorder, and what makes her feel good about herself.  I've spared you the interview (feel free to read the whole thing here) in its entirety, but the highlights follow:

What was the ‘a-ha moment’ in your life that made you want to take health and fitness to the next level?

I grew up playing soccer and softball, and was a cheerleader. So, I’ve always been extremely athletic. As far as taking my health to the next level, though, it was actually in high school, because I suffered from an eating disorder. When I finally decided I wanted to get healthy and educated about how to stay in shape, I went and got my personal training certificate. I started training other people in college, which really helped me get past my own issues, because I was able to help people in that way. Now, I’m totally capable of knowing how to take care of myself on my own.

What’s your secret for staying fit even when you’re pressed for time?

What I’ve learned with my schedule is that it’s about trying to kill two birds with one stone. I try to improvise and think of new exercises and ways to stay in shape because if I don’t, I would never have the time to stay in shape. I love finding the time to go and do yoga and core Pilates; I love changing it up. I’ve always been really dedicated to making the time to take care of myself.

I love exercising, I’m active everyday whether I’m going for a walk, run, hike or bicycle ride. I’m always at the park running and playing with the dogs. I always try to stay active and moving. I’m not the kind of girl you’re going to find sitting and watching TV. Even if I am watching TV, I’m probably doing my sit-ups at the same time. I’m not very good at staying still unless I have to sleep.

Do you diet?

I think that working out is so important for your heart health and endurance and it feels good to sweat out toxins too. But I truly think that 70 percent of keeping shape is all about what you put in your body to begin with.

Anytime I’ve ever tried to diet in my life, it’s been a disaster, so it’s really about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Now, I do everything in moderation. If I feel like I really want a pasta dinner, I’ll have my pasta dinner, but I won’t eat the entire thing. Or, if I want an ice cream sandwich one night, I’ll make to be more strict with my diet the next couple days. I’ve realized that when I deprive myself of something that I’m craving, I’ll just want it more and more. Then, I’ll end up binging on something that I didn’t need to if I would’ve allowed myself to have little bits and pieces in the first place.

Besides yourself, which Bravo housewife do you think is the hottest?

I would say that Brandi Glanville is pretty hot. She’s got a really fit body and really tall, skinny legs. But so does Taylor Armstrong. They both kind of have the same type of structure. Even Melissa Gorga! Shoot, I don’t know. Then there’s Joanna Krupa who has a pretty hot, smoking bod. She’s coming out on the new season in Miami. She’s a supermodel, so she would probably win.

What is your greatest health achievement or milestone thus far?

I would definitely say getting over my eating disorder is one of them. I was bulimic, and it took me a really long time to get over that. To be honest, I don’t think you ever really get over something like that. I think it’s always kind of back there haunting you, but I finally learned to be healthy and confident and secure in my own skin. It wasn’t until five years ago that I finally got to that place and stopped comparing myself to tall, skinny models. I’m 5’5″, and I’m never going to have long, skinny legs. I’m more of an athletic build, and I really learned to appreciate my own body and to be thankful that God blessed me with my proportions. My biggest accomplishment was just becoming secure in my own skin.

Okay readers, so what have we learned here?  First, it's only copying if Gretchen did it first and Alexis did it second.  Otherwise, it's just life.  Also, Alexis is not one of the hottest housewives according to Gretchen.  Meow.  Finally, judging by Gretchen's picks for hottest housewives, she may not be as over that eating disorder as she thinks she is.  Gracious, these women are going to give me an ulcer!