Dr. Oz is known for his health and wellness advice he shares every day on the “The Dr. Oz Show” as well as being a world-famous cardiac physician at NY Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center. There’s no doubt he’s incredibly busy, and for him, that means staring his day early and maintaining a steady routine.


“It’s the same morning, every morning, that way I don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” Dr. Oz tells CNBC Make It. “It’s one of the ways I remind myself that I control some parts of my world.”

While he’s on a shooting schedule for his daily TV show, Dr. Oz shares he starts each day by waking up up 6 a.m., and going directly to his New York City-based studio, where he eats his breakfast between 7 a.m. and 8:30 while rehearsing for that day’s show.

Making minimal decisions to preserve energy

“My breakfast is a small cup of Greek yogurt with some blackberries put into it, and I don’t change that,” Dr. Oz says. “Our ability to make decisions is limited, and so you have a certain amount of chi energy that you can make decisions with. Don’t waste it in the morning figuring out what you’re having for breakfast.”

After breakfast and rehearsing, he’ll tape his show, and then the afternoon may include meetings and seeing patients.

But it’s all about starting the day productively and not wasting energy. “Whatever’s going on, whatever issues are going that I have to be creative on, I have the chi to get through the rest of the day, because I didn’t waste all of my energy in the morning.

And keeping that energy up is important, so he always has snacks with him.  “Just in case, I always have nuts in my pockets,” Oz says. “I like almonds, cashews and hazelnuts and walnuts…they give your body nutrients so that you can actually take those energies from the trees and put them in your own body, and that’s what you need in order to make wise decisions.”