April 12, 2010
Posted: 04:02 PM ET
Editor's note: Lisa Oz is a writer, producer and entrepreneur. But she’s also mother and a wife – and happens to be married to one of America’s most famous physicians – Dr. Mehmet Oz! Lisa supplies insight and advice about relationships in her new book, “Us: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships That Matter Most.”
Below, in this LKL Blog exclusive, Lisa explains that just because she’s married to a diet and health guru, doesn’t mean she skips bread at dinner…
By Lisa Oz
I have begun to dread shopping. As soon as I relinquish my credit card I get an unabashed once over and the incredulous “Are you related to Dr. Oz?”
I reply that I am, thank them for being a fan of the show, and brace myself.
“What’s it like being married to America’s Doctor?”
“Umm...” I stammer “great?”
“But do you feel extra pressure to be healthy?” (As if my natural inclination were to be sickly.)
“Not particularly” I reply reaching for the receipt. Invariably they cling to it through the next round of questions.
“Does he watch everything you eat?”
“Does he make you exercise every day?”
“No.” Honestly, he’s my husband, not my personal trainer.
By this time I have produced my own pen and attempt to sign the slip of paper that they are still clutching. The general awkwardness frequently prompts them to release it but I have, on occasion, had a particularly aggressive saleswoman retract her hand to keep me captive.
One actually began channeling a 13th Century Grand Inquisitor. “Have you read your husband’s books?
“Well, yes, I helped write them.”
“Including the diet book?” She glanced meaningfully at the size 8 on the item I had just purchased. At 5’3” a size 2 should be more than adequate.
I’m still not sure what she wanted me to say. “Forgive me, woman holding my credit card, I have sinned. I ate the bread at dinner last night and now the cellulite on my thighs will never go away.”
I’m aware that Mehmet sets a very high standard. The amazing thing is that he actually lives by it. He loves broccoli and would take sprouts over fries any day. (Vigorous exercise is his natural state of being.) But the quality that makes him truly unique is his approach to those of us mere mortals who do struggle against the siren’s call of the chocolate bar.
His gift is not in teaching diet and exercise tips. Lot’s of people can do that. What Mehmet really provides is affirmation and support. He connects with his audience on a human level. He shows them that “the best way to keep your heart healthy is to give it a reason to keep beating.”
For me that reason has always been relationships. Conscious, loving interactions that provide both joy and opportunity for growth are the best motivators for wanting to live our lives to their fullest potential – no matter what our size.
Maybe the next time I go shopping I should give that saleswoman a hug…
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