Dr. Oz: How To Create Healthier Habits and Change Your Relationship With Food – On Purpose with Jay Shetty

Check out the On Purpose Episode Page & Show Notes

Dr. Oz (@DrOz) is the host of The Dr. Oz Show. Check out his latest book – Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Fix to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your Way Healthy

Key Takeaways

  • “If you don’t know what you’re aiming for, you can’t possibly head in that direction”
    • Another way to say it – “If you don’t know what target you’re aiming for, how can you possibly hit it?”
  • People who have a ring finger longer than their index finger had testosterone exposure in utero (usually men)
  • One reason kids don’t like vegetables – they have more taste buds
    • (And therefore are very sensitive to bitter tastes from things like broccoli and leafy greens)
  • Turmeric seems to reduce the build up of plaques that lead to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Create a nutritional environment that makes it more difficult to eat unhealthy foods
    • If your kryptonite is chocolate, don’t keep it in the house
    • Put the foods you want to eat more of front and center in your fridge (vegetables shouldn’t be at the very bottom)
  • “There are a lot of folks who very appropriately medicate with food because it turns out that carbohydrates, simple carbs especially, are incredibly soothing to the brain. They hit the brain like crack cocaine.”
  • Eat the same foods every single day to avoid decision fatigue
    • Jay eats oatmeal every morning for breakfast and avacado on toast for lunch (with dinner, there’s a little more variety)
    • Dr. Oz has the same thing for breakfast every day – Greek yogurt with blueberries
  • Everything starts with your health
    • If you can’t control what’s going on inside your body, how can you begin to change the world outside of it?
  • “Think about someone you really adore and really love… If they were putting in their body what you’re putting in your body, what would you tell them? Because whatever that is, tell that to yourself.”
  • Always remember – people don’t change based on what they know, they change based on what they feel
    • Facts are useless if they don’t change your belief system
  • “People who hang with healthy people get healthy. People who hang with unhealthy people get sick.”
  • Dr. Oz’s morning routine:
    • Wake up every morning at 6 AM
    • Do yoga for 7 minutes – “I say 7 minutes on purpose because I know I always have 7 minutes”
      • It’s a sun salutation pose mixed in with some calisthenics, push-ups, and sit-ups
    • He drinks lemon juice mixed with water
    • He doesn’t eat any breakfast until 8-8:30 AM while he’s at work 
      • It’s always, as mentioned, blueberries with yogurt
    • “I don’t have any coffee or any caffeine until later in the day and I’ll challenge everyone who can hear my voice to do the same”
      • Dr. Oz advises people to wait until 9-10 AM
  • Take more naps
    • Dr. Oz naps every day – “It is the most valuable thing I’ve done in my life”
    • “A nap is much more effective than caffeine or carbohydrates or any of the other things you may try in the afternoon. Eight hours after you wake… take a five or ten-minute nap. It’ll change your life.”
  • The one thing you can do to get healthier? – Get more sleep
    • It increases your creativity and allows you to not only work harder, but smarter
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