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Jill Zarin's Daughter Ally Reflects on Going to the Detox Center in RHONY Season 1

The RHONY alum's daughter, Ally Shapiro, revealed that weight loss "wasn't really the point" of the detox center she visited. 

By Abby Feiner
Jill Zarin Ally Detox

On The Real Housewives of New York City's first season, Jill Zarin's then-14-year-old daughter, Ally, headed to a detox center on Martha's Vineyard for a dietary reset amid her battle with juvenile arthritis. 

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The mother-daughter duo, who are currently selling and donating handmade face masks, opened up about the buzzed-about experience in a July 8 Instagram Story video. As part of a Q&A, one of Ally's followers asked, "Did you feel shamed by your mum trying to make you lose weight when you were a child?" to which Jill responded: "I don't think I tried to shame you, do you?"

It seems Ally was in agreement. "That wasn't really the point of the detox center but that is how it came across," she said. "I think everyone's insecure, no matter what age you are."

At the time, Jill spoke to the New York Daily News about the choice to send Ally to the program. "This wasn't about weight," she said in the 2007 interview. "That was just a by-product. It's about eating better. If you talk to people who do yoga and have a healthy life, they detox once a year. Allyson wanted to erase the blackboard, to detox her body and start over."

Still, while Ally told Glamour in 2012 that she doesn't regret going to the detox center, she admitted: "I don't think we thought through the decision well enough. I'm a different person now than when I was fourteen years old."

During the recent Q&A with her followers, Ally also talked about following the F-Factor diet plan in recent months. "I love the lifestyle," she said. "And I love the recipes."

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