Daphne Oz is a mother, wife, The New York Times best-selling author, Emmy award-winning
television host and, now, creator of a new podcast with her friend Hilaria Baldwin, called
Mom Brain on PureWow.
The young mother of three, who continues to raise the bar on personal achievements, plans to spread her message of health and body-positivity to all who will listen. Whether you are a new mom, empty nester or just passionate about food and health, Oz has something for everyone to learn. Now that she is living in Palm Beach, we recently sat down with her to talk about life, motherhood, being healthy and fit, and about those who have had the greatest influence on her.
We have all grown up watching your dad, Dr. Mehmet Oz, on television, and he has had a big impact on our national conversation about health. How has he influenced you and your career?
As a kid, watching my dad graduate from medical school, then enter into his residency, I knew, even as a little girl, he was at the hospital for days on end. For him, it wasn’t just about doing the amount that was expected; it wasn’t about doing he work so people would pat you on the back; it was doing his absolute best with every single thing he did. He never claimed to be the most talented; he never claimed to be the most naturally gifted; he just worked so hard and practiced, practiced, practiced for his own personal satisfaction. I think he impressed on me that you get the most satisfaction, you derive the most out of your life, from working hard, seeing struggles and then seeing success through that. One thing I am proud to have inherited from him is a boundless sense of curiosity that really pushes you to want to tell your story and hear from people. Television is a great platform for that.
You’re still so young and have accomplished more than most people. From where do you think your drive comes?
So many places! I want to feel like my memory box is full. My parents raised us to have a healthy sense of ‘FOMO’ before there was such a thing. When we traveled together, we would get to the hotel, drop off our suitcases and immediately we were off exploring. I think that sense that life is very short and you need to cram in as much as possible has always been chief for me. My husband, John (who, by the way, is my greatest strength), and I had kids young, and I don’t ever want to feel like that has stopped me from having the life I dreamed of for myself. So our kids are a part of everything that we do. We want to show them our passion, our joy. I am a big believer in ‘happy kids have happy parents to show them how it’s done.’ I have always wanted to be able to do the things I wanted to do and that was a big part of me getting healthy. I want to show people the ways that are working for me; what I’m eating, the exercises I’m doing, the workout clothes I’m wearing to get me motivated to get to the gym. I have never been a fitness freak or a naturally skinny girl, so if something works for me in terms of losing weight, then it will work for you. All of this is a part of a huge conversation.
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