Posts Tagged ‘interview’
It’s not too late
I’m so excited! Today, March 18th, 2015, is the day my interview and free gift go live as part of this year’s Mindful Eating World Summit. Along with my interview, you can experience interviews with a cavalcade of other experts in the fields of food, diet, nutrition and (most important) wellness. This is all about loving yourself at this moment and making healthy changes that are organic to your soul rather than subversive to your psyche. It’s very life- and health-affirming in so many ways. That’s why I’m thrilled to have been asked to participate. I hope you’ll listen to my interview (as well as interviews with the other experts throughout the summit) and then let me know what you think.
It’s not too late to sign up — and it’s free! Click here to do so!
Nourished and then some
I make no secret of being a huge fan of the Today show’s Joy Bauer and all she does in the name of health and nutrition. In fact, our professional relationship has become a friendship and I’m honored she now refers to me as her “diet husband.” (And I’m never granting her a diet divorce!)
One of Joy’s latest ventures is Nourish Snacks, which offer convenient and delicious pre-portioned snacks that have just the right amounts of protein and carbs for a filling, nutritious pick-me-up whenever needed.
I was thrilled when Nourish Snacks wanted to feature me on one of their blogs. And I invite you to check it out by clicking here. It’s a fun interview and I didn’t hold back with my tried-and-true tips for taking off excess weight. (Faithful readers of this blog know that I took off over 250 pounds of excess weight in a sane fashion and have kept the weight off for over a decade. Plus, anytime I can let people know about my new book, Weightless, I’m all in!)
For anyone wanting more information about Nourish Snacks or their insane variety of flavors, you can click here. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out the interview and let me know what you think. (Thanks!)
Photo Source: Nourish Snacks
The greatest love of all
Like many of you, I was devastated to hear about Whitney Houston’s death. As is true with so many others, I’d sang along with her since way back when. There were even times she and I got together to sing duets(me in my car, she on CD – work with me here, people). Of course, I had heard and read about Ms. Houston’s battle with addiction over the years; but to realize she’s actually gone really shook me to my core.
Along with the impact Ms. Houston had on my life (by contributing to my life’s soundtrack on so many occasions), there’s also the fact that I can relate to life threatening addictions and the “hold” that something dangerous can have over you. Whether it’s alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs (the list goes on) or food, we can all empathize with Ms. Houston’s plight and her continual struggle with her demons.
Speaking of demons, Ms. Houston summed it up insightfully in a December 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, when the interviewer asked Ms. Houston about her drug use:
Diane Sawyer: Is it alcohol? Is it marijuana? Is it cocaine? Is it pills?
Whitney Houston: It has been, at times
Diane Sawyer: If you had to name the devil for you, the biggest devil among them
Whitney Houston: That would be me
Really telling – not to mention haunting, no? And a clear indication that Ms. Houston truly recognized her challenges – just as the rest of us must – in order to move on from them and/or live with them in the healthiest way possible (us lifelong dieters can’t exactly give up food, after all).
While many would not understand comparing food to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or pills, I know most who read this blog can easily relate. After all, when I weighed in excess of 450 pounds and was stuffing myself with food to the point of physical and mental pain, I was endangering my life in similar ways. The heart, other vital organs and blood pressure can only take so much (to say nothing of our knees and bone structure). Thus, I realize that another thing that has be so somber about Ms. Houston’s passing is that old saying, “There but for the grace of God go I.”
Turns out Ms. Houston and I have a lot more in common than our all-star duets.
Still finding myself sad days after the announcement of Ms. Houston’s death, I knew I needed to change my mental attitude or risk bringing myself and others down. Thus, I am choosing to be encouraged and inspired by what’s happened. Not specifically by Ms. Houston’s death – but definitely by the musical legacy she leaves behind (which has touched so many lives; many of which she never even met).
In addition to letting the music live on (and allowing it to lift our spirits), people like us (‘blessed’ with a dieter’s mentality) can take a lesson from Ms. Houston’s life and take heart in the fact that although we might be facing our own demons, we are still living and breathing today. And because we’re still here, we can take control of and wrestle any demon (food or otherwise) that might cause us harm.
So join me in being glad that we still have challenges to face – challenges that we can overcome with inspiration that comes from many different sources… Including one Whitney Houston, whose music, talent and legacy will live on forever.