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Jamie Oliver Opens Up About His Addiction

Jamie Oliver Admits He Has an Addiction to His Job and Does Not Sleep

Jamie Oliver has been a chef, as well as a TV chef for quite some time now. He had a show on the food network called, “The Naked Chef”, where he would show his everyday life and how he integrated cooking amazing meals into his life. He also took on another television series called, “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” from 2010 to 2011. This show had a huge impact on the food America was serving in their schools to children. He travelled from Huntington, West Virginia and then to Los Angeles, California in an effort to change the way Americans eat, and address their dependence on fast food products. Oliver was actually banned from entering any schools in Los Angeles, because the schools did not want negative views on what they were feeding the children.

With all of his efforts to get people to eat healthier and working on several TV shows and restaurants, it is no wonder Jamie Oliver has gotten himself into this situation. He forgot to focus on himself. He revealed that he has been averaging around three and a half hours of sleep a night. That amount of sleep is not good for anyone and can be extremely dangerous. Jamie addressed the effects of not sleeping by comparing it to an alcohol addiction. Jamie explained, “I got to a point this summer where I had to do something. I knew there was something wrong with me.” He continued on, “On a fundamental level I wasn’t functioning like a normal person. I’d sit down in the office, fall asleep, and start dribbling. Not pretty. Not good.” Jamie states, “I feel like I should be admitting to being an alcoholic, people get that. But my thing is not sleeping.”

One would ask, why is he not sleeping? His answer was work. He was always working and could not shut it off. Jamie explains, “I used to go to bed with Jools around 11 and even she thought I was going to sleep, but I’d get up, I’d be on emails, catching up till 2am.” Jools, his wife had no clue what Jamie had been going through. Jamie explained he was always an early riser, waking up at 5 am. He still struggles to stay in bed past that time, but he is taking a step in the right direction. He started making sure he was in bed by 10 pm. It did take time to adjust to, but now he is on a healthier path. “I’ve got healthier and I’ve got more energy. I’m sharper in my head and more sober in the way I think,” Jamie stated optimistically. Sometimes people do get caught up in certain aspects of their lives and do need to take time off and find their center again. Jamie explains, “I don’t want to sound like a total knob, but I knew I had to actually address my relationship with myself, because was what it was all about.”

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