Healthy habits: Substitutions can improve your diet

Taking care of your health is a priority and nobody knows that more than physicians and healthcare providers.

It can sometimes be difficult to find ways to stay healthy, so we’ve asked members of our Baylor College of Medicine community to share what they do in their daily lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Irvin Sulapas, assistant professor of sports medicine at Baylor, shares some of his healthy habits with us.

Q: What healthy decisions start your day?
A: Making the bed. It’s a great routine to start off your day with, and you can leave your home knowing you have accomplished a task, and ready to do more!

Q: What is your go-to healthy breakfast?
A: Yogurt with fruit.

Q: What is your favorite type of exercise?
A: Weight training, rowing machine.

Q: What keeps you motivated during your workout?
A: I listen to music or podcasts.

Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout?
A: Walk, climb steps.

Q: What is your favorite healthy snack?
A: Water, yogurt.

Q: Do you take vitamins and if so, which ones?
A: General multivitamins.

Q: How do you make an unhealthy recipe healthy (healthy substitutions?)
A: Switch from white bread to wheat bread, flour tortillas to corn, white rice to brown rice. Foods that are dark and rich in color are full of nutrients. Try adding dark green vegetables, squash, beets, carrots, bell peppers, etc.

Q: What hobbies do you have to help you relax?
A: Exercising, stretching.

Q: Do you use a pedometer or Fitbit and what is your daily step goal?
A: I have a FitBit Surge, and I try to make 10,000 steps a day!

Q: What is your favorite health tip that you live by?
A: If you have a desk job, don’t use a big container to hold your beverage (like water or coffee). Keep a normal sized mug or cup. If you need a refill, it will force you to get up and move!

Additional Resources

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See how Baylor promotes a culture of healthy living and wellness

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