Dr. Oz’s daughter on being a working mom, learning about healthcare around the dining table and the one thing she doesn’t discuss with her famous dad
For Daphne Oz, third time’s the charm.
The ABC television host- and daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz- recently announced that she and husband John Jovanovic are expecting their third child— a girl, but it’s only after having raised a three year old daughter and 1.5 year old son that Oz feels she’s gotten the hang of being a working mom. “I’m a huge advocate of women feeling that they can have everything they want— just not all in that one moment,” she tells Moneyish.
The key for Oz is knowing when to lean in and when to lie down. “There are days when I’m an A mother, B employee, C wife and D friend, and the next day it calibrates,” adds the co-anchor of food talk show “The Chew.” “You don’t have to put your own life on hold for 40 years. It’s only now that I’ve gotten comfortable with that juggling aspect.”
That’s part of her bid to get Americans to occasionally chill out. “The biggest problem in this country is that we’re trying to do so much,” she says. “As a working mother, it’s easy to rush through what you do. But you should remember to take a breath, rejuvenate and reboot. That’s the investment to make in your happiness.”
That said, Oz has been leaning in for a long time. She wrote her first book “The Dorm Room Diet” while a student at Princeton University and has parlayed being the daughter of America’s most famous surgeon into a successful career as a food guru. Most recently, the 31-year-old teamed up with tea retailer Pure Leaf to promote the launch of their pop-up boutique in downtown Manhattan.
“I grew up around a dinner table that talked about everything from vitamin D therapy to minimally invasive cardiac surgery,” says Oz, whose mother Lisa is a producer and Reiki practitioner. “I absorbed by osmosis.”
Those dinner table conversations however, don’t include talk of the medical issue of the moment: the Republican Party’s move to repeal and replace Obamacare. “I’ve no position,” Oz says, though she adds that “healthcare should not be out of reach for anyone in this country. We have such an abundance here.”
Instead, Oz says she’s focused on things that Americans can do without their elected representatives, such as shopping and eating healthier. “When you can, where you can, make a choice,” she says. “I’m focused on how what you do at the grocery aisle is good for your family. It might be more expensive in the moment, but in the long run, it’ll benefit you.”
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