If you are in college, you’ve got to be on your toes when it comes to staying fit, healthy and strong. I tapped on of Instagram’s favorite fit babes for her top tips to stay healthy while away at school. Meet Marisa Demos.
*For the girl just leaving for college, what is your best advice for eating healthy when they are getting used to their new school? Eating healthy when getting used to your new school can be challenging. Make sure that you take the time to find healthy food joints near and around campus. Also, do your research on the foods offered around campus. I did this and was very surprised at the nutrition content in some of the food items.
*What are your go-to snacks for in between classes?
If you have back to back classes and don’t have time to stop for a bite to eat, make sure you pack some of your meals in the morning. I prepped my meals, so I was never off track and didn’t give into the temptation of pizza or junk foods. My go-to snacks would be some unsalted nuts such as almonds, veggies with hummus or a simple piece of fruit.
*What kinds of foods can they keep in their dorms?
Dorm food is very important because if you don’t have healthy foods in your place, you more than likely won’t eat healthily. I try to keep lots of fruits, veggies, and water in my mini fridge and have healthy granola bars, nuts, seeds, etc. in my pantry.
*Best choices for dining hall meal plans? What should they get in the dining hall?
For meal plans, I didn’t get one. I got a basic “flex dollar” plan that was money I got to use on campus. I used these for the dining hall and to shop at the campus marketplace for healthy foods. Make sure that you color your plate and fill it with nutritious foods. 1/2 your plate should be veggies, 1/4 should be protein & 1/4 should be carbs.
*Your overall nutrition advice for girls that are afraid of gaining the Freshman Fifteen. The Freshman Fifteen is definitely scary. Always make sure that you’re staying active! Ride your bike to class instead of taking the bus, go to the gym after your classes or even join a campus fitness group. Try to make a healthy meal plan for yourself and stick to it as much as possible.
Cassie Piasecki has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, and is an AADP Holistic Health Practioner and Nutritious Life certified. She currently teaches Pilates at Villa Pilates and Yoga in Newport Beach, CA.