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Daphne Oz Quotes

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Daphne Oz quotes: on health, family, work and how to balance it all.

“Your life shouldn’t be anything short of spectacular.”

“Keep on moving: any motion is forward motion.  You can always course-correct.”

“Ultimately, it’s how you approach things in life that puts a smile on your face.”

“If you have expectations, you try to put your standards on someone else’s behavior.  The fact is you can’t control anyone but yourself, so creating standards, as opposed to expectations, keeps the ball in your court.”

“Standards are what you hold for yourself, too.  If I don’t hold those standards with friends, colleagues and lovers, I can’t hold them to their relationships.”

“A wholesome family is one where there is a lot of love.  It’s living by example.  It’s acceptance of people at their core, but it’s also pushing each other to be our best selves and try things we might not be good at.”

“There is no bounce-back, it’s all onwards and upwards.  Every day has moments of total splendor and also a decent number of WTFs.  I especially want the new mamas out there to hear that, because we see so much of how glossy motherhood can be and not enough of how real 3D life is always complicated (and better for it).”

“Tell your kids they are perfect the way they are, but they shouldn’t stay where they are forever because growing, testing the limits, and evolving make life better and more fulfilling.”

“You can tell your kids they are perfect and don’t need to change—which could cause insecurity when they recognize their own shortcomings—or tell them they are terrible, which would undermine their sense of self-worth and confidence.  There’s a happy middle ground.”

“Recognize that kids are resilient and you’re doing a great job.  You care about them so much and that is why it feels stressful, but you can rest easy and know that what really matters is how you make your kids feel.  That has always stuck with me.  A lot of us don’t get all the time that we would love with our kids, but the time that we are with them to make them feel valued and loved and cherished, that is that feeling that will last them their entire lives.”

“We could feel guilty about basically every parenting choice we make, but I’m not sure that makes anything better.”

“Growing up in my family, it wasn’t important that we always be the best; it was important that we were going to try to be our best and give it our all.”

“Stress not only doesn’t do anything good for you, it robs you of the joy of the experience.  And it’s extremely bad for your health.”

“Don’t get stuck and don’t worry.”

“Worrying is just a prayer for the worst possible scenario.”

“It’s recognizing that humans are happiest when they have predictability—when they have order and a sense of routine.”

“I do what I do because my favorite thing is to learn.”

“I love to look at my life and look at what I can do better, how I can contribute more and where I can push myself.”

“I am proactive and looking to change my own behavior rather than others, which is generally much more successful!”

“The only reason I write at all is because I am going through something in my life I want to share with others through my personal experiences.”

“I’m trying to do more writing in a journal.  There is something so real about physically writing with your hand, not on a computer.  Physically writing with your hand on a piece of paper, just briefly letting your thoughts pour out of you for five minutes at the start of the morning.  And then end it with, ‘What’s your goal for today?  What would be a success or a win for you today?’  Focusing on that idea of ‘What’s a win for me?’ every single day relieves a lot of the stress of the pressure that I have of the never ending to-do list sitting in front of me.”

“I get to help people create lives that make them happier and healthier than they were yesterday.  I knock on wood that my family is healthy and happy and love each other.”

“I am inspired by working moms.  Mothers who somehow balance the demands of their many lives—professional, familial, personal, and interior—and still manage to make time to have fun and invest in themselves!  This is a huge challenge.”

“I’m a huge advocate of women feeling that they can have everything they want—just not all in that one moment.”

“The biggest problem in this country is that we’re trying to do so much.  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.”

“For me, being able to have a career and do what I love makes me happy and fulfilled in ways that I can bring home and share with my family.  I try not to have exclusive lives; I let each role feed the others.  This is the real juggling act of motherhood: how to meet the needs of everyone who relies on you and take care of yourself, too.  The happiest kids have happy parents to show them how it’s done.”

“I have been very, very lucky because I have my health, a wonderful husband, family and friends, and I get to do what I love.”

“Fun for me is to take what I learn and teach others in a way that is accessible and applicable in their own lives.”

“Everyone has their own definition of a healthy lifestyle, and mine has come to mean making health a priority but not an obsession.”

“A ‘diet’ is simply an individual’s eating regimen: it doesn’t have to mean the restrictive plan we’ve come to associate this word with.”

“Developing a diet that is healthful, balanced, and appropriate for your particular caloric needs is easy enough and is absolutely critical to establishing a healthful lifestyle that incorporates proper nutrition, adequate fitness, and mental resilience.”

“The most imminent battle our generation is going to have to fight is food transparency: how food is made/grown, where it comes from, the quality of the source, and how it will effect our health long-term.”

“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.”

“Exercise is important, but exercise in a gym is not important.  Go and take a walk outside.  Skip the umpteenth coffee date and go for a hike instead.  Take the stairs.  Walk your errands.”

“Keeping stationary drains your brain, but moving around shows you new things, new inspiration, and keeps the blood moving.”

“When you can, where you can, make a choice.”

“You don’t have to put your own life on hold for 40 years.”

“I have so many girlfriends in their twenties who live in a white box apartment, having mediocre meals with mediocre friends, waiting for the life they want to hit them in their forties or fifties.  They are settling in the now.  What’s the point?”

“If you live your life all out today, not only is it fun, but you are preventing a midlife crisis.”

“This moment is precious and full of great potential: all we have to do is figure out the little changes that will make a huge impact on how wonderful life can be in this moment.”

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