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Scolding Oprah

Posted on 01/9/2009

I find myself in the unexpected position of scolding Oprah Winfrey, a woman I admire, and, unfortunately, a role model currently proving a bad example for the millions who adore her.

Oprah’s problem is very typical:  weight gain, followed by gimmick diet, resulting in weight loss which cannot be sustained, followed by weight gain, followed by another gimmick and more temporary loss, followed by weight gain.  Sometimes a few months divide the episodes, sometimes a few years. 

Her reliance on gimmicks has reached a stage where the media is making ludicrous suggestions to help her and—sadly—to mock her.  This week, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Stefano Esposito suggested (one would presume tongue-in-cheek) that Oprah should try a cassava root diet.  Wow!  

The first sentence of Esposito's Sun-Times story: “The giant cassava root has an acrid taste and needs to be soaked in  water to flush out the cyanide, but the tuber -- popular in Nigeria—may be just the thing to help Oprah Winfrey lose weight.”

Yeah, maybe.  But let’s hope all of the cyanide gets flushed.  Really!

Currently, Oprah’s personal trainer has convinced her that exercise is the correct answer to weight loss.  How foolish.  She needs a more balanced approach.  Exercise is helpful, but not sufficient by itself.

Since she doesn’t seem inclined to listen (I’m always available, dear Oprah), let me state this fact as clearly as I can:  “Exercise invites appetite, so to loss weight, you have to eat right.”

That means calorie-control—which in the case of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating means portion-control, in fact and as a lesson—and it means healthy, natural, freshly-prepared meals.  The mind may adjust to gimmicks for a while, but the body knows better.  Calories in always equals calories out.

I am keeping a good thought for Oprah, but my concern is not just for her personally.  I am so worried that the many people she influences will fall into the same gimmick-cycle that has so fretted her.  Of course we know that many people already have.  Helping them to find healthy eating habits is one of my goals as the CEO of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

To those who don’t have multiple personal assistants—including a chef—I offer our program, proven thousands of times with thousands of people, as the right way to eat healthy, the right way lose weight, the right way to maintain weight loss.  And we do all the work.

Oprah is taking too long to figure out that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is the correct answer.  Please don’t make the same mistake.  And if you see that one of your family or friends needs our help, please steer them in the right direction.  Thanks.
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One of my readers asked: “Does anyone know if Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating works with persons that need a special diet for health reasons?  I have thyroid disease and it is very difficult to lose weight and I wondered if you have a program that is suited to my needs?”

To this reader and anyone with special health needs, please call my daughter Paula at 817.689.0265.  She understands our meals plan very well and can help you relate it to your condition.
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Speaking of Paula, she received a letter from her friend and nursing classmate, Pat, who is on our meals plan, as are her husband, Roger, and daughter, Keri.   Here’s Pat’s report on their Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating success: “Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year!  Also wanted to update you on our progress.  Roger has lost 60 pounds, I have lost 30 pounds, and Keri has lost 15 pounds!  Between us, we have lost a small person.  During this break at Christmas, we all put on a few pounds, but we have already lost what we put on.”

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

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.

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