Healthy Habits: Dr. Arunima Misra limits sugar intake, enjoys biking outdoors

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

In recognition of American Heart Month, we’ve asked members of our Baylor College of Medicine community to share what they do in their daily lives to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Arunima Misra, associate professor of medicine-cardiology at Baylor, shares some of her healthy habits with us.

Q: What healthy decisions start your day?hh-misra
A: I wake up at 5 a.m. every morning to do yoga and elliptical for cardio. On weekends, I like to add some weights and bike outdoors.

Q: What is your go-to healthy breakfast?
A: I usually eat a late breakfast/early lunch by 11 a.m. with a large salad, fruit, yogurt and some peanuts.

Q: What is your favorite type of exercise?
A: Biking.

Q: What keeps you motivated during your workout?
A: Watching my favorite binge show of the week/month.

Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout?
A: I try to fit in some elliptical at night if my schedule is crazy.

Q: What is your favorite healthful snack?
A: Nuts or a protein bar.

Q: What do you include in your child’s lunch?
A: I include a sandwich, hummus, and pasta along with a fruit and something crunchy.

Q: How do you make an unhealthy recipe healthy (healthy substitutions)?
A: For baking I use applesauce, flax seed powder and I reduce the amount of oil and avoid eggs. I also reduce white sugar and use honey or other less refined sugar.

Q: What is your nighttime skin regimen?
A: I use moisturizer and face wash to cleanse.

Q: What hobbies do you have to help you relax?
A: Cooking, biking and reading.

Q: What is your go-to Houston restaurant for a healthy meal?
A: I usually avoid restaurants. However, Local Foods can be a healthy option.

Q: What is your favorite health tip that you live by?
A: We need to adjust our input and output as we get older. Our bodies continue to change and we cannot do what we did at 20 when we are 50. As we age, we need to eat less, walk more, and definitely not indulge in “bad” food on any regular basis!

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