“Aretha Franklin Discusses Her Diet Changes”

Grammy Award singer and “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, is planning a triumphant return to the stage in May, according to Billboard.com.

The singer, who underwent gastric bypass surgery (according to inside sources) in early December, will play her first concert since the surgery on May 28 at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ms. Franklin, 68, steadfastly refuses to admit she had gastric bypass surgery, when she’s not alone; many celebrities have undergone the procedure but is keeping mum about it, saying they lost the weight through diet and exercise.

Since her surgery, Aretha has focused on her diet, which she changed drastically per doctor’s orders. She is noticeably slimmer but she won’t say how much weight she lost.

Aretha is sticking to a strict low-fat, low cholesterol, low salt diet, but she said it will be tough to avoid eating her post-high fat, high calorie snacks, such as chitterlings, pigs’ feet and ham hocks.

“They’re off my diet. They just really don’t fit with Whole Foods,” she said. “I had it for enough years that I don’t miss it. You can’t continue to eat things that are not good for you.”

“When you come off (a high-energy concert), a carrot or some celery just isn’t going to work. I’ve gotta do a fresh fruit thing … and come up with some tasty and satisfying recipes that are going to work for me after concerts.”

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45 thoughts on ““Aretha Franklin Discusses Her Diet Changes””

    1. “Chitterlings, pigs’ feet and ham hocks” Ugh gross…
      i love both of those, but oddly i rarely eat them


    2. Hello All. What, what, when did I miss this news, that the Queen of Soul doesn’t have cancer! THANK YOU JESUS! But how in hell did this vicious rumor get started? Like someone said, cancer ain’t nothing to play with. And as for eating chitterlings, pigsfeet and hogmoags(mis), Genesis 9:3 states: Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you. Besides, this was the only food from the pig given to the slaves so don’t knock it, to each his own. (Watch Andrew Zimmer on the food channel and see what gross things people eat around the world, and most of these cultures are healthier than most Americans.) Peaceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


    3. “Chitterlings, pigs’ feet and ham hocks”

      😦 I remember the first time I smelled chitterlings…I was literally gagging all over these peoples’ house.



    1. Who started the rumors of her having cancer
      I dunno just yet if I beleive she had a gastric by-pass. Hopefully she isn’t fighting pancreatic cancer. However I do think that she maybe ill and is not willing to give the specifics of her medical condition. Ms. Franklin had lost some weight prior to her breaking her ribs last summer, and of course she is alot smaller now…some say that she has lost 100 pounds. Her statement “I was never battling cancer” threw me, because since she is a very religious person can be taken several different ways. I just think it’s something else going on with her, and I don’t think she had a gastric bypass. She is a senior citizen and their are certain risk with a woman of her age having a procedure like that one. I guess the saga continues.


      1. @Tamala, I agree with everything you stated. Because I don’t feel that cancer rumor came out of nowhere. But a lot of people especially black people will deny having cancer and call it everything but what it is.


      2. Now she knows she got that surgery done.

        I was watching the grammys and when she came on I immediately came to the conclusion that someone done disconnected one of the tubes to her stomach.

        How else would she have lost so much weight since December…Unless she had some serious illness and her cheekbones would have been sunken in if that were the case.


  1. So it’s okay to have an elective surgery after eating yourself into obesity? And call that self-improvement. But it’s not okay to have butt implants or butt injections performed by a license surgeon?



  2. Uhhh! Now that I’ve given up pork and beef. It actually makes me sick to see it. Next to go will be chicken, I’m thinking. Trying to knock it all the way down to seafood and seafood only.


    1. I know about ten people that have elected to have this surgery… it was a wise decision on their part



  3. She needs to open her mouth like she did for that food and tell people to have control over food choices she has a large audience that would listen to her she needs to use her celebrity status and talk!


  4. What ever she did…keep doing it and tell other people how you did it so fast.

    Its a few people I know who could take the steps she took, since all their “diet and excercise” methods aren’t working….


  5. I can’t give up meat.. 😦 I made a steak last night that would have made a nigga slap his mammy..but an ALL seafood kind of life is alright with me! mmmm lobster and crab er’day?! *faints*


  6. Go Aretha!!

    I wish I could give up pork and meat but thats what hubby and the boys love to eat. It so hard to say no to some nice bacon on a Saturday morning!!


    1. I was an avid bacon, ham, and cheesesteak, hamburger eater too….then I decided I wanted to feel better, look better, be lighter and all that other dumb shyt, so now its just chicken (not even fried 😦 ), seafood and turkey. I once gagged at the thought of turkey bacon…now it’s truly a viable option…


    1. no meat?!?

      my sentiments exactly. i mean i would starve if i had to give up meat, unless u count chocolate as a vegetable


  7. I haven’t eaten beef or pork since freshman year in high school. I only eat chick/turkey and fish. I only miss pork during the holiday time.


      1. Everytime I see those commercials on TV before I head to work I think about what ya’l said b4……. 🙂 but she does scream that durn song


      2. i feel like throwing the tv everytime it comes on! *blood pressure rises*

        why is it played 938439 times a minute?


      3. I love J Huds powerhouse voice and commerical. The commerical is better than her new single to me but she looks FAB all the same.


  8. I often make Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey Necks now and I try to alleviate from Pork altogehter but there are times I pickup a pork chop. but I am a sucker for beef ribs I had some for my birthday and that sauce of mine was the truth


  9. I went to a WW meeting today, im thinking about joining but the cheapness inside me dont want to pay the start up fee. I think portion control and cardio will get me fit in no time, well thats what I hope.


  10. ________________$$$$


  11. Planning on eating a ham sammich with EXTRA bacon tonight in honor of Ms.’Re.

    *I’ll be sure to put some lettuce and ‘maters on it for her too! Since she done changed and all.


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