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. Philip Carrott, assistant professor of surgery at Baylor, shares some of his healthy habits with us.
Q: What is your favorite type of exercise?
A: Cycling, and yoga, depending on the weather.
Q: What keeps you motivated during your workout?
A: The distance away from home.
Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout?
A: Short, self-directed yoga or pushups.
Q: What is your favorite healthful snack?
A: Nuts – either almonds or cashews.
Q: Do you take vitamins and if so, which ones?
A: I take a multivitamin and vitamin C. I did take vitamin D in Michigan, but it may be unnecessary here.
Q: How do you make an unhealthy recipe healthy?
A: Either add vegetables or take away meat. Saturated fat should be replaced with beneficial fats, e.g., avocado or olive oil.
Q: What hobbies do you have to help you relax?
A: I’m fortunate to live close to the Menil Collection, which has a very relaxing setting. Once the Rothko Chapel re-opens, there will be more relaxing options available. The video exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, “The Visitors” is also quite relaxing.
Q: What is your go-to Houston restaurant for a healthy meal?
A: Vibrant and Lua Viet Kitchen are probably the healthiest places I’ve been to in Houston. Shun Japanese Kitchen is a healthy option for sushi.
Q: Do you use an activity tracker or Fitbit and what is your daily step goal?
A: I try to get more than 10,000 steps, but I aim for over 15,000 if possible. There is a lot of walking involved in the Texas Medical Center, which is a nice change of pace for me.
Q: What is your favorite health tip that you live by?
A: All things in moderation, even moderation.