Posted on 01/6/2009
As you may recall from last year’s blog, I have been paying particular attention to the continuing saga of Oprah Winfrey’s search for a way to lose weight and keep it off.
Sometimes I feel like I’m standing in the corner, jumping up and down, waving my arms, and shouting at her like she’s the teacher who won’t call on me, “Over here, Oprah, I can help you. I know the right answer. You don’t have to yank your body like it’s a yo-yo. All you have to do is go on the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating meals program.”
It’s frustrating and a little embarrassing. But I don’t care. You know my mission and I’m willing to go the extra step to help people eat healthy and lose weight.
Well, I wrote her a note and it was hand delivered, although I don’t know whether or not she read it herself. Disappointing, but understandable. She has four “handlers”, including a chef, who take care of her, planning, shopping, preparing, and serving her meals. Hmmm, doesn’t that sound familiar?
Anyway, as much as I’d like to see Oprah succeed on our meals, my real concern is that so many look up to her. She’s an example. The combination of Oprah and Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating would help millions—and I use that word carefully—millions of people suffering from obesity and its related illnesses, especially diabetes and cardiac disease.
Like her, so many people try short-term diets—I think of them as questionable ways to eat. Short-term success is possible, but there are doubtful long-term benefits, and many long-term negatives.
I’m sure Oprah would love Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. But, oh, those handlers.
However, after watching her show this week, and hearing her and one of her personal assistants discuss her newest new approach, perhaps our efforts to reach her were successful, in a way. She stressed the importance of healthy eating. Many of her new “foods of choice”—such as blue chips (her favorite), sweet potatoes, meatballs, and grilled chicken—are our foods. Each of Oprah’s favorites—and many, many more healthy items—are freshly prepared and served as part of our menu.
That’s a good start, though she—and her personal trainer—failed to mention portion control. At least she’s on the right track. It’s easier for her.
For the rest of us, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating can be like Oprah’s servants are for her. We do the planning, shopping, cooking, and portion calculations. Each week 21 freshly prepared meals—including fresh fruit and salads—are provided for your healthy eating pleasure.
Guess what? We don’t mess up your kitchen. I bet Oprah’s chef can’t match that.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.