For 2 weeks, every summer I work the USDA's Ag Discovery program at Delaware State University. This program is a residential summer camp designed to teach kids about different aspects of Agriculture. My Father in Law is the director of the program, which is how I end up working this program. My biggest challenge for the two weeks, is not being with 16 teenagers 24/7, it's trying to find healthy eating options in a campus dining hall and on the road, then squeezing in my workouts in a schedule jammed packed with field trips, workshops, and road trips.
As far as the workouts go... I have started the P90X Lean program, again. I will squeeze in runs, whenever the schedule allows. P90X is a great, all over, cardio workout. It travels great, because you don't need a lot of equipment or a lot of space. I travel with resistance bands, because they pack flat, but since this is residential I had more flexibility to bring my yoga mats, and my free weights. My schedule, on the other hand, is packed with super early mornings, long field trips, all-day workshops, and long evenings. So, squeezing them in is becoming fun!!
What about the meals... a little more challenging!!
Breakfast: I brought my own oatmeal from home, all I need is hot water. Instant organic with Flax Seeds. I usually accompany the oatmeal with a cup of Starbucks (thank goodness, they brew it in the cafe), and a slice of toast or a banana.
Snack: These are my "Healthy Help Me" Snacks... Sweet Potato Chips, Honey Wheat Pretzels, Cliff bars & Cliff bars Mini, Kashi bars, LaraBars, Brown Rice Cakes w/ PB, Unsweetened Dried Mango slices... or a Banana (slipped in my bag from the cafe).
Lunch: Depends on what's being served... If its a lean protein; i.e. Chicken breast, I'll have that with 2 servings of vegetables. If the hot food options are not looking so hot, I'll have a salad w/ veggies from the salad bar, and a side of the vegetable of the day. Don't forget the water!!
Snack: Honestly, lunch never fills me up... because DSU cafe food and I don't agree most days, so I reach for another "Healthy Help Me" snack.
Dinner: Basically, the same as lunch... once in the 2 weeks I splurged, because DSU's fried chicken is yummy... but other than that... lean meat, w/ 2 sides of veggies.
On the Road: 2 mornings we had breakfast out, at McDonald's (boo), but I opted for the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. We did eat lunch and dinner out a few times during road trips. One night we ate at The Cheesecake Factory, I love their new SkinnyLicious menu, so I ordered the Asian Chicken Lettuce tacos, which are under 400 calories and super filling! I also splurged on a half of a slice of cheesecake, duh, who wouldn't!
My tips for healthy college living...
- Stay fit, w/ walking to & from class or a fitness routine
- Eat plenty of Fruits & Vegetables
- Eat good carbs (wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, sweet potatoes, etc)
- Drink lots of water, avoid drinking your calories in soda or juice
- Avoid stress, with planning, staying organized, & meditation
- 4-6 small meals (including snacks)
- Keep healthy snack options in your room
- Eat breakfast, even if it's just toast + a piece of fruit, but stay away from sugary cereals & pancakes
- Treat yourself every once in a while, sweets, french fries, and pizza are examples of treats
- Avoid late night delivery runs, choose a healthy snack instead
- If you're of age, limit your alcohol consumption & be smart
- When in doubt, Salad bar is your filling friend
- Don't over eat, just because it's a buffet doesn't mean you need to stuff yourself
- Have fun!!!
this is a great post, Ashley! for some reason, none of the pictures worked though :-(ReplyDelete
Thanks dear! They didn't work on my phone either... but they showed up on my pc. They're some of the photos from instegram.Delete