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Apr 14, 2011 11:12 AM

Bruni on Dr. Oz - efficient joyless eating

Fuel Body at Frequent Intervals: Oz, Bruni explains, carries around baggies, plastic containers, and thermoses full of healthy food and drink like "Greek yogurt mixed with brightly colored berries; spinach; slaw; raw almonds; raw walnuts, soaked in water to amplify their nutritional benefit; a dark green concoction of juices from vegetables including cucumber and parsley." In a passage that will probably make foodies shudder, Bruni observes that "roughly every 45 to 60 minutes, as if on cue, [Oz] would ingest something from his movable buffet, but only a bit, his portions assiduously regulated, like an intravenous drip of nutrition. It was the most efficient, joyless eating I have ever seen."

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  1. My first reaction was one of disbelief, but then I burst into laughter at how obscene the regime is.

    1. Whatever the opposite of chowhound is = Dr. Oz

      1. I remember reading about his obsessive "eat to live" regimen. And I seem to also remember that his wife's reaction to it is usually "Don't look at me, he's the crazy one" or something along that line.

        1. Maybe he'll be like Jake LaLanne who was very fit, even into his 90s. I think Dr. Oz is a person who eats to live rather than lives to eat.

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          1. re: eatswjoy

            Actually I have often thought of Dr. Oz as the 21st Century Jack LaLanne. Having had the pleasure of attending lectures from both LaLanne and Oz, I can assure you neither is suffering for a lack of zest for anything. These men both know/knew how to live well in all aspects of enjoyment.

            It's easy to poke fun at anyone who lives differently, doesn't make it wrong....

            1. re: HillJ

              Oh, did I come off as poking fun? I didn't mean to. I was commenting in regards to the regimented eating. To me, that is eating to live. I mentioned Jack LaLanne as someone who lived the life he promoted and had a healthy long life. Hopefully, Dr. Oz will benefit from his regimen as well. :)

              1. re: eatswjoy

                Oh I'm sorry as well, I didn't mean to single you out on your comment. My statement ran away with me. It was your mention of both gentleman that gave me food for thought.

          2. Like that old joke: If you give up rich food, alcohol and might live to be 101- but then again, why bother?

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            1. re: sedimental

              It'll seem like you're living twice as long.

              1. re: linguafood

                ... and that right there made me cackle! :)