If, as Oprah Winfrey claims, Mehmet Oz is "America's doctor," America's citizens might be able to learn a thing or two from how the preeminent cardiothoracic surgeon and host of The Dr. Oz Show stays healthy. Today we have some intel about Oz's personal fitness regimen from a New York Times Magazine piece by Frank Bruni. Here are six healthy living lessons we pulled out from the profile:
- Fuel Body at Frequent Intervals: Oz, Bruni explains, carries around baggies, plastic containers, and thermoses full of healthy food and drink like "Greek yogurt mixed with brightly colored berries; spinach; slaw; raw almonds; raw walnuts, soaked in water to amplify their nutritional benefit; a dark green concoction of juices from vegetables including cucumber and parsley." In a passage that will probably make foodies shudder, Bruni observes that "roughly every 45 to 60 minutes, as if on cue, [Oz] would ingest something from his movable buffet, but only a bit, his portions assiduously regulated, like an intravenous drip of nutrition. It was the most efficient, joyless eating I have ever seen."
- Avoid Junk Food: Oz's wife, Lisa, tells Bruni that if someone handed Oz a Cheeto, "he'd just throw it away."
- Eat a 'Mediterranean Diet': Oz goes easy on animal protein and seeks out foods that are high in fiber. He's sworn off coffee and rarely drinks alcohol.
- Wake Up to Yoga: Every morning, Oz does a seven-minute mat workout in which he alternates "rapidly changing" yoga poses with five sets of 10 push-ups, adding 20 situps at the end.
- Host Family Olympics: The 'Oz Family Olympics,' which apparently can be organized on a dime, even on a lazy Saturday, can involve tennis, wind sprints, and "competitive stair climbing."
- 'Run After the Cheese': Oz tells Bruni that once he's set his sights on a goal, he doesn't get slowed down by existential questions: "You run the maze. If you put cheese in that maze, I swear to God, I'll get to it, and I'll get to it really fast. But should I be running after that cheese? Am I in the right maze? All of these questions, which people much greater than I am think through, I put on the back burner as I'm running after that cheese."
Yet while Bruni calls Oz a "model of wellness," he adds that he's not a perfect physical specimen: "Oz, despite his preoccupations with youthfulness, looks every one of his 49 years when he is out of makeup and the bags beneath his eyes are unconcealed, " Bruni writes, "He has to be reminded to get enough sleep."
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