A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a taping of the Dr. Oz show and then participate in an interview session with several bloggers. I have been trying to adopt some of his tips in my life – mainly those that involve more sleep and less caffeine but my 4-month-old baby has other plans for me where sleeping is a hot-ticket luxury item and caffeine fuels my day. It’s a vivacious cycle, but I’ll get it down soon…I hope.
As I’m working on including some of his tips into my life I’m excited to talk more about the episode that will air on November 7th (check your local listings for specific times). In the episode, Dr. Oz shares his collection of weight loss and exercise tips, hair secrets to look younger, skin secrets from India and a striking visual on what happens to the stomach as a result of an ulcer.
In the first segment, Dr.Oz along with Liz from Weight Watchers discussed some of the common hurdles that prevent people from losing weight (hormones, stress and no sleep are up there) as well as some practical solutions to make this happen in about 40 weeks. This Transformation Nation plan, as you will see in the episode, doesn’t focus on shakes or pills, but rather, it is about losing weight in moderation by eating real food that will both satisfy and give women energy, which is also a challenge where those participating may even win 1 million dollars! This includes ‘triple powering meals’ by eating foods that are high in fiber, water, low-fat dairy, lean protein and whole grains with suggestions like starting a meal by eating more soups (huge fan of that), which Oz stated will fill you up more – making it less likely that you will overindulge. In terms of snacking, Dr. Oz suggested freezing fruit since they are packed with water and fiber that will take longer to eat and also longer to enjoy. Under this plan, Dr. Oz stated that you can eat desserts every night like mixed berries, a banana and chocolate wonton and smoothies – all of which are discussed on the show, along with their tasty recipes! The plan also includes a simple exercise regime to build lean muscle mass by using tennis balls for squats or jumping rope for a few minutes a day. He also mentioned that yoga, pilates and walking with a pediometer are great forms of exercise.
In the next segment called ‘the Burning in Your Belly,” Dr. Oz illustrated what causes an ulcer. The audience as well as myself gasped as he scraped the inside of what looked like a giant cantaloupe to illustrate how liquids like alcohol and caffeine overtime can erode the stomach lining and destroy organs. This was one of the most fascinating and educational segments of the show that really broke down the medical information into basic terms as well as a visual that served as a wake up call for many of us.
I also enjoyed the hair and skin segments. In the hair segment, three women had a hair makeover to show that a new haircut and/or color could take decades off their face. The women looked gorgeous in their new looks. The skin segment called ‘Passport to Beauty’ shared tips on how various oils and powders from India contain youth properties for glowing skin and healthy hair. I loved learning about how Amala Powder is a fantastic conditioner for the hair and how coconut oil is great for a dry scalp and neem oil is ideal to treat cradle cap. Even better is that these oils and powders are generally $10 or less at your local health food store!
What really struck me through both watching the episode and meeting him briefly was how genuine he seemed. He wasn’t there to sell us anything or pass along a product; it really seemed like he cared and wanted people (in general) to live the best lives that they could with some simple and practical changes.
This inspirational episode is filled with practical solutions for everyday issues. Whether it’s trying to figure out a new hairstyle or needing help with your diet plan, the Dr. Oz show covers everything by providing both medical and practical advice on how to live better each and every day.
Check out a sneak preview of the show that will air on Monday, November 7th!