At its core, Women, Food and God isn't about losing weight or looking better and eating healthier—it's about finding who you really are. Oprah says that was the biggest lesson she has learned in reading it. "I have for years talked to women who talked about losing themselves. And even in speaking to them I'd be like: 'What are you talking about you lost yourself? You are yourself. How can you lose yourself?' I could not even understand it," she says. "And I will admit to you and to the world, that's what my problem was—I got lost. In the work, in the busyness, in the craziness of my life, I got lost. And in all those years, that's what I've been trying to do is to maintain the center, and when you are away from the center, you can tell. You can see me when I'm on center. I used to call it my fighting weight. My fighting weight is when I'm connected, when I'm balanced, when I'm truly living my best life, because my life is not separate from the life of God."
Ultimately, everybody's journeys are dedicated to reconnecting with their best selves. "What this is about is allowing the weight at this particular time in your life, wherever you are, to be your holiest, most sacred moment with yourself. This is the sacred time," Oprah says. "This is what is meant by women, food and good. Coming back to the sacredness of yourself because every pound, every time you will go to the refrigerator or go to something that you shouldn't and substitute for that which can truly fill you up, you are showing how lost you really are."
Published on July 12, 2010