“Featured Mom”: Daphne Oz

Daphne Oz - cover finalMoms Gone Zen proudly introduces DAPHNE OZ!

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Daphne & her Dad

Daphne Oz is one very busy lady whose life is about to get much busier!  In addition to being a natural foods chef, NY Times Bestselling author, and co-host of ABC’s ‘The Chew,’ Daphne is about 3 months away from having her first baby!  With just a few months of peace and quiet left before the big day, Daphne let us in on her preparations for life as a family of three, and how she’s relishing every minute of pregnancy.

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Daphne & her mom

Everyday on “The Chew,” Daphne, the daughter of Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz (yes, that Dr. Oz!), can be seen cooking and exploring life through the lens of food – bringing her fresh, practical, and fun perspective to healthy living.

Daphne’s been on a fast track since 2003, when she helped found HealthCorps, a non-profit organization. In ’06 while still at Princeton, she penned her national bestseller, The Dorm Room Diet, in which she shares the healthy lifestyle plan she developed to help her shed over 30 lbs. without giving up the foods she loves. (We love that!).  In April 2013, she released Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun, her NY Times bestselling cookbook and all-around lifestyle guide. Her next role… MOMMY!

Daphne & John

We’re thrilled for Daphne and her husband, John, and we wish them a healthy and happy last few months of pregnancy!  We look forward to hearing all about life with their new baby very soon.

Until then, learn more about Daphne in our exclusive Q & A:

1. Who are you? Briefly describe yourself and what you do.

I’m Daphne Oz, a wife, natural foods chef, cohost of ABC’S The Chew, and author of “Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun” and “The Dorm Room Diet.” I love to eat, and I love to cook with the goal of creating recipes that are healthy AND happy. I try to make health a priority and not an obsession – if it’s not delicious, I don’t care if it’s healthy.

2. What have you enjoyed most about pregnancy? What have not been so crazy about?

I’ve loved every second of it, even the not-so-pleasant first trimester – mine wasn’t too bad,  I was just nauseated and tired all the time. It’s all been a completely new adventure, from the second my husband and I found out we were expecting and began to plan for this new life ahead, to the sonograms and heartbeats, to the first little butterflies! I’ve loved my maternity jeans so much, I’ll probably never give them up.

I’m designing the nursery now, which has been the most fun!! All things baby décor, clothes, and toys are my porn these days. But my favorite part has definitely been those daily little movements – who knew I’d love getting elbowed and kicked so much!! It’s a constant, wonderful reminder of this little one’s life – and, apparently, feisty personality!

3.  Name 3 words or virtues that best describe will matter most to you as a mom.

Health, happiness, and adventure.

4.  What does a typical Monday look like to you?

Monday’s we don’t tape the show, so it’s my day to play catch up – answer emails, eat an elaborate breakfast (my new favorite meal(s) of the day since being pregnant), go for a long walk in the park, run errands, and try to get the apartment ready for baby’s arrival. On Tuesday, when we tape, I’m up and showering at 5:45 to be at the studio for 6:15am. We tape two super fun and delicious shows and are out by 2pm, so I have the afternoon to head to the grocery store and pick up things for dinner, or get a light workout in, or take meetings. If work is piling up, I’ll take care of the various emails and writing I need to do.

Daphne's FridgeMy husband and I eat diner together and then like to take a walk through our neighborhood if the weather’s nice – especially valuable as my belly gets bigger! Walking is my preferred exercise these days – it helps move lymph and detoxify, stretch and tone muscles, and allows my stomach to settle while gently moving the baby south, potentially meaning an easier labor! If I have a free afternoon, I love to put a great podcast on and just wander the city. I try to get to bed by 9 or 10, but some days that goal escapes me. The most important thing I keep telling myself is not to stress: it will all get done…or it won’t! It’s just about enjoying this time fully.

5.  How do you balance work, family and “me” time?

It’s a juggling act!! But it’s one I will hopefully only get better at with time when the baby arrives. I grew up with so many powerful examples of brilliant mothers, in my mother and grandmother especially, and I have the utmost respect for women who manage to balance the demands of family and relationships, their careers, and still make time for personal investment, as well – I’m hoping to learn how to follow in their footsteps! The more we take care of ourselves, the better we are able to take care of everyone around us.

My husband has been an incredible partner in this process, and so patient as I try to navigate how to balance everything – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not. It’s a partnership, and we try to spend as much time together as possible, even if it’s just working together at the dining table – it’s fun just to be with one another. The main thing is to prioritize – at the end of the day, the goal is not perfection, the goal is progress, doing little things a little bit better. But I have been reminding myself that life tends to get busier, so streamlining and figuring out how to get rid of unnecessary energy sucks is a worthwhile investment of my time. My priority is my family, so I make the most time and the most sacrifice for them.

6.  What’s your favorite way to de-stress after a long day?

Putting on my headphones with either favorite music or a great podcast – I love the New Yorker Fiction Podcast, and This American Life, especially – and heading for a walk. It helps me clear my head. There’s nothing better than a Korean massage – I just get chair massages these days, but it relieves so much tension, and can be very inexpensive! And some days, I just want to curl up on the couch with a great magazine and pull design images (I’m always collecting inspirations for my dream home!), or catch up on my favorite shows.

7.  What’s your ideal getaway?

I love to travel, and getting away to an exotic location or gorgeous hotel is such a luxury – my husband took me on a birthday trip to Hawaii last year that was heaven on earth! But sometimes, I find it most relaxing to stay at home with a few days off, or go somewhere familiar with family.

8.  What’s your favorite spa treatment? Do you have a favorite spa?

Massage! I very rarely get facials or scrubs or anything I could do for myself at home, but massage – now, that’s a worthy indulgence. I like a deep tissue massage, so I tend to favor the Korean and Chinese acupressure locations all around the city. There’s a GREAT one on 8th street off 6th Avenue – $39 for an hour long massage to knock out any knot in your life.

9.  Biggest pregnancy craving?

Pizza. At all hours of the day.  Chewy crust, not too much cheese, tasty sauce and fresh basil. I’m a girl of simple pleasures.

10.  What do you miss more… Sushi or a big ol’ cocktail?

Neither – coffee! I’ll have a few sips of my husband’s wine every now and then when we’re out to dinner, and I have been totally turned off by fish while I’ve been pregnant, so I don’t feel deprived of either of those. But I do miss my morning coffee ritual – green tea just isn’t the same.

11. What do you think the biggest sacrifice will be once you’re a parent?

Sleep!! I miss it already.

12.   How do you find your Zen?

Love the moment. Do little things a little bit better. Don’t worry! Happy and healthy. Today is a gift.Daphne & DadPS: We’re big fans of Daphne’s Dad! Click here to see Michelle Ebbin on The Dr. Oz Show.

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One Response to “Featured Mom”: Daphne Oz

  1. Lori Hinshaw says:

    Hi Daphne,
    You look wonderful, and so happy for you , and your Husband. May you have a very safe delivery:). Can not wait to see baby pictures on the chew 🙂 Happy Holidays to you, and yours.

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