11:30 a.m., Dec. 20)
makes a splash on
Dr. Oz Show
Kathy Smart poses for a picture with Dr. Soram
Khalsa on the set of The Dr. Oz Show in September.
healthy living consultant and gluten-free guru Kathy Smart
got to meet two of her idols recently during a taping
of the popular Dr. Oz Show which was broadcast on CTV
on Dec. 21.
episode, dealing with integrative medicine and nutrition,
was actually taped in September.
taping was a dream come true for Smart who met not one,
but two of her idols in Dr. Oz and fellow guest Dr. Soram
Khalsa who is one of the leading practitioners of integrative
medicine in the United States, and author of "The
Vitamin D Revolution".
heard I was a big fan of Dr. Soram and that I was one
of his success stories, so they interviewed me for about
30 minutes," says Smart. "At
the end of the interview they asked me if I could fly
down to New York and do the show. So, of course, I said
was interviewed on a Saturday and two days later she was
on a plane to New York where she was picked up by limousine
whisked off to a hotel in midtown Manhattan. She also
received $60 a day for spending money and spent the rest
of the day shopping and taking in the sites.
next morning a limousine took her to 30 Rockefeller Plaza
where they tape the show. After going through wardrobe
and make-up, she waited in the Green Room and watched
the taping on a monitor until she was brought on to the
was unbelievably excited and nervous at the same time.
I was about to meet two of the people I've always dreamed
about meeting," says Smart.
A nutritionist, author and TV host in her own right, Smart
first learned about Dr. Soram during a visit to a bookstore
several years ago.
was at a bookstore and I was kind of struggling with my
health and saw his book so I bought it. After that I went
online and I started listening to his podcasts and began
applying his principles to my own diet and found they
were benefiting me," says Smart, who was suffering
from rheumatoid arthritis at the time and is know problem
Oz interviewed Smart for about an hour and a half, during
which they talked about Dr. Soram's principals and how
they managed to change her life. They also talked about
Smart's own work in promoting gluten-free food.
the end of the interview, Smart went through several yoga
positions with Dr. Oz and Dr. Soram.
entire 90-minute interview will edited down to two or
the taping was done, Smart seized the opportunity to give
Dr. Oz a hug and a kiss on the cheek.
kind of took my breath away a little bit, He's very good
looking in person," says Smart.
the taping, she went tbackstae where she was able to talk
to Dr. Soram at more length.
DR, Soram was as big a deal for me as meeting Dr. Oz.
Honestly. He has helped me so much and he is so sweet
and generous. What an amazing man," says Smart. "He's
the man who taught me you can change your life if you
change what you eat one one bite at a time."
heading to the airport for her flight back to Ottawa,
Smart had her picture taken with the integrative medicine
guru, which she now counts among her most prized possessions
along with the Dr. Oz coffee mug she got to take home
as a parting gift.
whole experience was a dream come true for the Orléans
still pinching myself," says Smart.
launching her book "Live the Smart Way" in 2011
and getting her own TV show of the same name on Rogers
Channel 22, Smart has continued to build up a loyal following
while picking up a few accolades along the way.
was among 50 people who were honoured at the CTV Amazing
People Awards in October and she was a special guest speaker
at the W3 Women - Wisdom - Wellness event at the Shenkman
Arts Centre in September.
recently she was nominated in seven different categories
in the 2012 Best in Canada Natural Health Awards. The
results will be released early in the new year.
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