{celebM.O.M} Let’s Chew on Daphne Oz's M.O.M Advice

M.O.Ms-to Mention - 

Daphne Oz is co-host of ABC’S THE CHEW, a 2008 graduate of Princeton University and author of the national bestseller, THE DORM ROOM DIET. Daphne’s work has centered around finding practical, delicious, and easy solutions to achieve life-long health. Her hope is to enfranchise eaters everywhere by raising awareness about health access and food politics in America through television, print and web platforms.

photo by Belathée Photography

Daphne is an in-demand speaker on health, diet, and lifestyle issues. She is a regular contributor to Oprah.com and The Huffington Post, and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "Food for Thought," covering topics ranging from alternative medicine therapies, to healthy cooking concepts, to quarter-life crisis coping strategies, to her experience as a newlywed honing her homemaker skills, and I'm sure adding motherhood to this list.

Daphne and her work have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People, The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Cosmo Girl!, and Glamour, and on The View, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and NPR's Weekend Edition.

Daphne is an ambassador for and helped to found HealthCorps, a non-profit that equips teenagers with nutrition, exercise, and stress management education in over 50 schools nationwide.
Daphne and her husband, John, live in New York City and are expecting their first child in 2014. She tweets about all things food, fun, family, home, health and life from the handle @daphneoz.

Let's Meet Our M.O.M-to-Be, Daphne

Clearly you are a M.O.M that wears many ‘hats’ with co-hosting The Chew, being a bestselling author, regular contributor to many popular outlets and writer for food and health, founder of Healthcorps, wife, mom-to-be, etc.. so how do you stay focused and driven? Are you a planner? a Scheduler? Or do you see what the day brings?

Sadly, I am a perpetual, pathological procrastinator. I wish I were more organized about my planning – I have really been working on streamlining and getting rid of any unnecessary energy sucks, especially since life will only get busier once the little one arrives!! Luckily, I am good at working under pressure, so I tend to see what the day holds and then prioritize based on what needs to get done versus what I’d like to get done. I also find that even the best laid plans often need to be totally reworked in the moment, so maybe I’m just saving myself a lot of wasted planning :)

Work/Life Balance…what have you found to be your biggest M.O.M struggle working and being married? Any advice for us M.O.M.s on how you handle it now and will once the little one arrives?

I have no idea what life will look like once our baby arrives, but I have been very lucky to grow up with great examples of powerful, multitasking moms in my mother and grandmother; I aspire to be like them. The trick is to realize that the better care you take of yourself, the better you are able to take care of others. I am most inspired by women who manage to balance their relationships and careers and still take time to invest in themselves.  

My husband and I are partners, and we’re learning to navigate this work-life terrain together. Some days, the best we can do is just to work together at the dining table so we at least can spend a little time with each other – some weekends, we get whole free days and can just to wander the city or take a trip. For us, it’s about making sure that the time we do get together is a solid investment in us – we laugh, we eat great food, we explore, we get to know each other better…it’s hard to do that if you’re constantly checking your phone and worrying about the days and weeks ahead. We just try work 100% when we’re busy so we can relax 100% when we’re not, and just enjoy the moment.

Sitting down to eat as a couple and as a family…what is your best advice for M.O.Ms who want to plan a healthy family meal and how to make sure this is a priority?

The best is to cook at home, because once you’re comfortable with that, making smart swaps to create dishes that are a bit more nutritious is easy. But I would so much rather you pick up a few healthy store bought items and supplement with some quick things you’re comfortable making – or even just dressing up the store-bought things once you get home! – and make time to eat as a family, than feel so stressed out by the idea that you have to cook on top of everything else in your life that you end up sacrificing the family meal or not getting to enjoy it yourself.

For me, cooking is relaxing – but if that’s not the case for you, don’t make it a chore. Do what you’re comfortable with, make the environment a little more relaxing and fun with candles, music or flowers, experiment with dishes you know you like so you know what you’re working towards and hopefully get to enjoy your own efforts, and then start experimenting with making things a bit healthier.

My big thing is healthy AND happy – health should be a priority and not an obsession, and the same goes for cooking at home. Often times, I’ll skip roasting a chicken at home and just pick up an organic rotisserie at the supermarket. Then I’ll make a gorgeous salad and a hearty grain dish to go alongside, or some roasted veggies, and that’ll be that. It’s about keeping the process fun so that your priority to do something great for your family doesn’t become one more thing you need to stress about.

Do you have a ‘family’ favorite meal or tradition that you will pass on and continue with your new family?

We love to make pizzas, and I am so excited to share that tradition with our little one! I also just love our family meals – even if it’s just my husband and me, it feels like such an occasion. But my mom is one of 6, and I’m one of 4, so our big gamily meals around the holidays are the BEST – absolute chaos in the most wonderful of ways.


Work/Life balance again…do you think your priorities will change when you become a M.O.M? We struggle so much with eating well, staying fit, work schedules, couple-time… How will you make sure you are taking ME time?

I am quite certain all my priorities will change once baby arrives! In my own life, I tend to be pretty flexible – I like to eat healthfully, but only if it’s delicious. I workout if it makes me feel good, but I don’t pressure myself to go overboard. I’m not afraid to ask for help when I need it. When you get pregnant, everyone likes to remind you to take time for yourself – which is really taking time to take care of yourself so you can nourish the baby – and that doesn’t stop once the baby is on the outside. My hope is that, once he or she is born, I can remind myself that taking care of myself only makes me better able to take care of him or her.

2014 will be an exciting year! Outside of the most exciting experience of becoming a mom, what else can we look forward to with M.O.M Daphne? Any other dreams you are ready to conquer?

I’ve got a million things I want to do next – I’ve definitely brainstormed a few new books out of this experience! And it would be so much fun to get to do something creative involving design – whether in fashion or home or beauty. But my priority will be just to enjoy this precious time with baby!! You never get it back.

Do you want to share a favorite quote or what you think your M.O.M motto will be?

Perfection is not the goal: doing little things a little bit better is. Don’t worry!!

Follow M.O.M Daphne
Twitter: @DaphneOz 
Facebook: Daphne Oz

No comments:

Post a Comment