Healthy Habits: Dr. Julieana Nichols enjoys jazzercise, taking walks with family

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. Julieana Nichols, associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor, shares some of her healthy habits with us.

Q: What health decisions start your day?Julieana-Nichols-HH
A: I start my day by thinking of exercise options for the day and what I am planning to cook for dinner.

Q: What is your go-to healthy breakfast?
A: I eat a high-protein, low-sugar Kashi cereal with non-fat milk. It actually tastes good!

Q: What is your favorite type of exercise?
A: Playing basketball and soccer with my kids. I’ve also been doing jazzercise for years, and I now use a Peloton at home during COVID-19.

Q: What keeps you motivated during your workout?
A: Music and how good I feel with consistent exercise.

Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout?
A: Family walks, short abdominal workouts, informal activity (ie taking stairs at work.)

Q: What is your favorite healthful snack?
A: Yogurt with granola.

Q: Do you take vitamins and if so, which ones?
A: Yes. I take Vitamin D.

Q: What do you include in your child’s lunch?
A: A peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread, fruit, and pita chips is one example. I try to include at least one protein, a fruit, and a fun snack.

Q: How do you make an unhealthy recipe healthy?
A: I use olive oil instead of butter, egg whites when possible, and broil or use air fryer instead of fry.

Q: What is your nighttime skin regimen?
A: I really don’t have a skin regimen except a daily moisturizer. I use make up with sunscreen.

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

Q: What is your go-to Houston restaurant for a healthy meal?
A: Table 401 in Bellaire.

Q: Do you use an activity tracker or Fitbit and what is your daily step goal?
A: My Fitbit is currently broken but I was using one and my daily step goal was 10,000 steps.

Q: What is your favorite health tip that you live by?
A: Be active every day and enjoy time with those who make you happy.

Additional Resources

Aerobic exercise, frequent stretching help Dr. Annette Li stay active

Dr. Nancy Eriksen enjoys CrossFit, limits processed food intake

Read more healthy habits from members of our community.

Learn how Baylor promotes a culture of healthy living and wellness.

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