Bob Greene's Webcast Transcript
Oprah: Yes. I'm not asking—I'm not asking—
Bob: —then start the day after. Then start the day after.
Oprah: Okay, good.
Bob: And honor that commitment. Because that's when you're going to start. It's going to coincide with your exercise, and it's all about setting your engine on a high idle.
Bob: Okay? Is that a deal?
Oprah: I've already told you what I'm going to do.
Oprah: So you're talking about the people.
Bob: Yeah, the people may be inclined, if that's important to them, then I would say wait till the day after. Give yourself a month off of alcohol.
Bob: That's what you're committing to. And this is more about honoring your commitment than anything else.
Oprah: Okay. I think that's really important. So don't say, "I'm going to not have alcohol for a month but then I'm going to—
Bob: Make this exception.
Oprah: —make this exception.
Bob: You know this better than anyone. The irony. The Emmys. "I look like I'm being unreasonable." Every week of your life there's an inauguration. There's dinner with Ralph Lauren. There's a dinner with Seinfeld. Oh, there's this—you know, something else every week of your life. So you could make me look unreasonable every week of my life.
Oprah: Remember we had the calamari fight one time?
Bob: Oh, the big calamari scandal, we call it.
Oprah: Also eliminating soda pop. You need to eliminate—I don't have that as an issue.
Bob: That's right.
Oprah: This isn't about me.
Bob: Soda pop is probably the number one—in fact, not probably, it is the number one—across the country, source of empty calories. There's nothing nutritionally. And what people don't understand about nutrition, when you have an empty calorie, that means something that you are going to trigger hunger because you don't have enough vitamin A or fiber or any of the nutrients that you need. You will trigger hunger. Even though you don't need the calories, you simply need the nutrition.
Oprah: Okay. So let me ask you this for the people. I don't have soda pop as an issue. I know there are people who drink soda all the time. But sometimes, as a treat to myself, I will do like half a Diet Coke and half a diet root beer like as a dessert. Is that okay?
Bob: Not in the first month.
Oprah: I can't do that either.
Bob: You're eliminating it, but that becomes something we add back in what I call an "anything goes points."
Oprah: Oh, okay.
Bob: So you can define what is important to you. If that's really wonderful, there's no food on this plan after the first month.
Bob: That you can't have.
Oprah: Okay. So for the first month, and this is what's really important, if you make the agreement, we're going to talk about signing afterward, once you make the commitment to yourself and say, "I'm not going to have soda, I'm not going to—I'm going to eliminate all transfats," which is what we're going to talk about next.
Oprah: Okay. Then I'm going to eliminate alcohol. Whatever it is you agree to, you must—what's most important here is keeping your word to yourself.
Bob: That's right. Because even if you say, "Oh, I have this presentation at the Emmys. I have the inauguration." But you made the commitment. You're sending a message, your conscious mind will say, "Oh, come on. How many—"
Oprah: How many times do I go to the Emmys, Bob?
Bob: That's right.
Bob: But then unconsciously you'll say, "Wait a minute. I put that in writing on national TV."
Bob: "And I'm trying to get out of it." What does that message say to yourself? Well, "I've not worthy of what it is that I'm after."
Oprah: Okay. Eliminate fried food. So we're talking about the six things.
Oprah: I'm with you. I'm with you.
Bob: Good. Eliminate transfats and eliminate fried foods.
Oprah: Well, we don't know what transfats are.
Bob: Most fried foods are fried in a product that has transfood—
Bob: Transfat. A transfat is a fat that's usually been modified. It's a very inexpensive way to have fat. Margarine in the old days, in fact, no one uses the word "margarine" anymore, was a transfat. Partially hydrogenated oils. When you read that on an ingredient, that means it has transfat in it.
Oprah: Okay. So now you see a lot of things that says "no transfats." So that's the new catchy thing going.
Bob: They've eliminated that because they know it contributes to all kinds of disease processes. It also contributes to your weight.