The ‘battle’ that Oprah is referring to is, of course, with her weight.
It’s always been curious to me that one of the most influential women in the world . . . with access to every resource . . . has not conquered the battle with weight.
That just shows how insidious this problem can be.
And if you’ve ever said to yourself “if I just had a personal trainer or could join a gym or had a personal assistant” — all you have to do is look at Oprah to see that it’s not that simple.
Or is it?
At the risk of being skeptical, I can’t help but wonder if the battle IS really over. After all, we have heard such declarations from Oprah before . . .
This time, she credits the way she feels with reading Geneen Roth’s new book Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything.
The bottom line, according to Geneen is this “when you eat when you are not hungry, you are using food as a drug . . . food is only the middleman, the means to an end, of altering emotions, of making yourself numb . . .of creating a secondary problem when the original problem becomes too uncomfortable.”
I really empathize with Oprah’s struggles. I’m sure she has an impossible schedule and a lot of stress.
I truly hope that she really does “get it” this time.
In fact, I think she has known it all along. I once wrote an article about her saying “I used to eat my stress . . . now I feel my stress.”
She knew. Sometimes we just need a reminder.
Geneen gives some great advice: Eat what you want when you are hungry, and feel what you feel when you are not.
We all deserve to be free of this issue so that we can get on with the business of having a great life.
That is the basics of what I teach in my book and audio program –
- how to feel your feelings
- how to stop yelling at yourself
- how to eat less naturally
BASIC, really, but if you don’t have the exact techniques, then your battle goes on for years, just like Oprah . . .
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