Perhaps you’ve come across Sarah Dussault while browsing her over 200 videos on her popular YouTube channel looking for the latest fitness idea or read her blog for some cool recipe ideas. This University of Delaware alum has over 80 million views on YouTube and is your trusty source for everything diet, exercise, and lifestyle related. When she’s not watching her favorite T.V. show “Revenge” she eats her favorite treat, cupcakes, while sipping some SmartWater. With a dedicated “College” section on her blog, Sarah spoke to College Lifestyles about the challenges of being a healthy collegiate and how she navigated a hectic schedule and eating right.
Q: How is your website different from other health/fitness sites?
A: “I think I symbolize what most women struggle with. I love fitness and not all the girls do but granted I love the cupcakes and I love college. Telling someone in college to completely not dink and cut out sweets because that’s not realistic. That’s what every diet and weight loss group says. So when I started to do my channel I found that I have a lot of college followers. My site’s different in that I say it’s okay to have a drink or two and I show that I do screw up sometimes but its not one of those things where you should throw in the towel if you have a mess up. Get back up on the horse and try again. I’m one of the few bloggers that also has a strong YouTube channel.”
Q: Do you have any tips for busy college who say they don’t have the time to exercise?
A: “I don’t like accepting excuses. I was a college student I know what it is like to make the time. All you have to do is 20 minutes. Whether that’s 20 minutes in the morning or before your classes, that’s the easy answer. Those who are really strapped for time I tell them to move their body more and focus on their diet. You cannot exercise enough to overrule a bad diet. If you’re going to drink 10 beers and have late-night pizza, you’re not going to be able to exercise enough to not have a weight gain. In order to counterbalance you need to make good decisions when it comes to your diet. When it comes to moving your body, walk to class and take the stairs. If your on the phone and want to call your mom or call your friend at another school instead of sitting on the couch and talking, walk you burn more calories.”
Q: How did you compose the College Diet Plan?
A: “It’s a combination of literally what I’ve used to lose weight when I was in college. Sophomore year I lost all the weight I gained freshman year and kept it off. The College Diet is a mix between I did and what I do now. It’s clean eating (for the most part) and you have to use what you have available. It’s quick suggestions of what you could put together in your dorm room, dining hall, or student center. The foods don’t necessarily need to be cooked or stored in the fridge.”
Q: What are quick healthy meals for college students on the go?
A: “One of my favorite things is having an apple, a handful of almonds, and a Laughing Cow mini Babybell cheese. Its portable, you can put it in your bag, and it will stay fresh for a few hours. When you don’t have time to eat lunch that’s a quick little 250-calorie lunch. If you can run home to your apartment in between classes try making a smoothie. Other things are stir-fry. If you have a kitchenette stir-fry is awesome. At the dining hall go for brown rice and a salad.”
A: “I started making YouTube videos in 2006 and basically it’s about being honest, be yourself, and have consistency within your brand. This is something I don’t have because I started so early and Twitter didn’t exist when I started my YouTube channel. Have your YouTube name, Twitter name, and Facebook name all under the same. Interact with your fans. When they leave you a comment, respond. If they give you a suggestion on a video to make, make it.”
Amber Ferguson is a senior Fashion/Health Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a sophomore at Prince George’s Community College. She’s obsessed with reality TV & loves traveling. Follow her on Twitter @Ms_AmberDawn!