Healthy Habits: Lisa Icard practices self-care, enjoys nutritious breakfasts

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.

Lisa Icard, director of nursing at Baylor, shares some of her healthy habits with us.


Q: What health decisions start your day?
A: I like to eat a healthy breakfast to start my day.

Q: What is your go-to healthy breakfast? 
A: Oatmeal or a breakfast sandwich with egg whites and Canadian bacon.

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

Q: What keeps you motivated during your workout? 
A: I love listening to music and I most enjoy walking with someone else.

Q: What activities do you do when you can’t fit in a full workout? 
A: I walk around a lot at work and my walk is pretty brisk.

Q: What have you been doing to stay healthy during COVID-19?
A: Surprisingly, I have been able to keep off the weight; however, I’m not yet quite to my ideal body weight. My advice for coping with the pandemic has been spending time with family and taking a little time out for yourself that you enjoy.

Q: What is your favorite healthful snack? 
A: Pretzels or fruit.

Q: Do you take vitamins and if so, which ones? 
A: Yes, I take a daily multivitamin – Zinc and Vitamin D.

Q:  What do you include in your child’s lunch? 
A: have an 18-year-old senior and her lunch habits have not changed at all since she was about three. She eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, fruit and water.

Q: How do you make an unhealthy recipe healthy?
A: For breakfast, we replace regular bacon with turkey bacon. We also use turkey meat for burgers and have started substituting rice with cauliflower rice.

Q: What is your nighttime skin regimen?
A: I use a cleanser, mist/spray that works like toner, followed by a moisturizer.

Q: What hobbies do you have to help you relax? 
A: I’ve been an active band mom and percussion mom. That has been very relaxing for me over the last year! When I’m not doing that, I like to read!

Q: What is your go-to Houston restaurant for a healthy meal?
A: I don’t really have a particular restaurant. I have found most restaurants offer a healthy foods section on their menu with a variety to choose from!

Additional Resources

Dr. Holly Harris enjoys Zumba, high-intensity interval training

Healthy Habits: A DOC-umentary Series – Dr. Christie Ballantyne

Read more healthy habits from members of our community.

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

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