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Dr. Oz helps his staff battle obesity with granola, quinoa, exercise and mantras

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When Dr. Mehmet Oz was in medical school studying cardiothoracic surgery, he observed first-hand the impact of stress on health, including obesity and hypertension. And so, he told the Hollywood Reporter on Jan. 10, when he became a talk show host, he decided to take action to protect his own staff from those dangers.

When Dr. Oz first began his talk show career, he discovered that "taping, field shoots, voice-overs, rehearsals, script review and appearances" resulted in "extraordinary stress" for both himself and his staff. He became concerned about the ramifications of that stress, both emotional and physical.

"I deployed various measures for the staff at the show to deal with the stress," Dr. Oz explained.

Step one: "Eat the right foods." To help his "Dr. Oz Show" staff avoid weight gain and stay healthy, "our tables served granola, quinoa and 2 percent Greek yogurt."

If those foods sound, well, boring, Dr. Oz revealed on his Jan. 9 talk show that quinoa ranks as his favorite grain because it's both healthy and versatile.

For example, gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Raj recommends quinoa because it is a great source of fiber and can be very beneficial for those who struggle with constipation, while dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie recommends quinoa because it is packed with skin-smoothing amino acids. You can try her recipe for Quinoa Blueberry Pancakes below.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • Cooking spray

Directions
In a blender combine: quinoa, honey, oil, eggs and milk. Blend till smooth. Add in salt, baking powder and blend for a few more seconds.

Heat a griddle or pan with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on to hot griddle or pan. Sprinkle blueberries of the top and cook for a few minutes.

Flip and finish both sides until golden brown.

In addition to taking charge of his staff's diets, Dr. Oz has implemented these guidelines to keep his staff healthy physically and emotionally:

  • Step two: "I encourage staff to exercise."
  • Step three: "Each employee receives group and individual training" in transcendental meditation, including a mantra.
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