When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.
Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?
Oz Garcia: I make my bed, then begin a 20 minute breaking and gratitude meditation. I spend 5 minutes after journaling what I’m grateful for and say my daily affirmations.
TG: What gives you energy?
OG: I love listening to jazz music. Some favorites are Mile Davis, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gilespie. I also get energy from running, HIIT exercises for 20 minutes, deep breaking exercises, cryotherpy, my supplement regimen and of course great quality sleep.
TG: What’s your secret life hack?
OG: My curiosity
TG: Name a book that changed your life.
TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you?
OG: I used to check it every two minutes for many years. Now I go for a stereo-typical addict to check it twice a day. My phone gets turned around 9/10 PM and I don’t check it until the next morning. I keep it in another room when I’m sleeping.
TG: How do you deal with email?
OG: I’ll check it morning and night and typically answer my emails those two times.
TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
OG: Usually I will read. I’m always with a book or Kindle on hand. I also may go for a walk or do a thougthfulness meditation.
TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why?
OG: As part of my profession I hit a point of empathy burnout. Through my self work I’ve learned to handle the demands and stresses I couldn’t years ago.
TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it?
OG: Having my heart broken and knowing I could have done it better in that relationship.. I overcame this by reframing my brain, being grateful and seeking amends. We are great friends now.
TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.
OG: “Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see ones own acts, done and undone.” Buddha
Oz Garcia is recognized as a leading authority on age reversal and healthy aging. As “nutritionist to the stars” Oz is the go-to nutritionist for A-List celebrities and Fortune 100 CEOs. His unique and customized approach to nutrition and anti-aging coupled with more than 30-years of experience has made Oz one of the most recognizable names in the industry. He has lectured all over the world and has been a pioneer in the study of nutrition and anti-aging.
Oz is the bestselling author of four books: The Food Cure for Kids, The Balance, Look and Feel Fabulous Forever, and Redesigning 50: The No-Plastic-Surgery Guide to 21st-Century Age Defiance (HarperCollins). He has been voted best nutritionist by New York Magazine and is frequently called upon by some of the most respected names in medicine and news media for his up-to-the-minute views on nutrition and its role in aging and longevity. Oz has been featured in prestigious publications like Vogue, Elle, Travel and Leisure, W Magazine, and The New York Times. He has also made numerous network and cable television appearances including NBC’s The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America on ABC, 20/20, 48 Hours, The View, The Doctors, Access Hollywood and Fox News.
Oz has served as the head of health and nutritional services for Equinox Fitness Clubs worldwide, consultant to the East Coast Alliance of Trainers (where he has trained and worked with more than 10,000 trainers over the past 10 years), Nutrophy Inc., and the world renowned Life Extension Foundation.
Oz has been involved in the research and development of some of the most powerful product formulations on the market. His partnership with AriZona Beverage Company has brought AM Awake and PM Relax FastShot to the market. The OZ GARCIA brand is also responsible for OZ Longevity Pak, OZ Brain Enhancement Sticks and OZ Pure Arctic Oils.