Living away on a college campus while being a vegetarian is a lot harder than people think it is (I can’t even imagine what it’s like for vegans). Campuses love to say that they’re “vegetarian/vegan friendly” just to get as many new students as they can without “discriminating” against any potential newcomers. But just how “friendly” are colleges to students with restrictive diets? In most cases, hardly at all. The map below shows students’ opinions of how “vegan friendly” they think their college is—majority of it is plain red, meaning there are few vegan options available. Continue reading
I had never been an animal rights activist before I watched the movie Blackfish. I mean, I’d always loved puppies and kittens and hated the idea of shelters, but I wouldn’t say I’d ever really preached about it. And I know, Blackfish is considered “old news” since it came out in January 2013, but I think it’s something that should still be revisited. After all, it has been the source of a lot of new animal activists—including me. For those of you who don’t know, Blackfish is a documentary aimed at exposing SeaWorld, as well as other parks affiliated with SeaWorld, for their torture and cruelty towards orca killer whales. The film interviews former animal trainers, divers, and executives to get their real-life stories and experiences working for SeaWorld. Continue reading
So I may have lied a little bit. I know I said that I’d only post pictures of my “college style” meals, but I decided to be a little creative last night. I decided to make a recipe for Garlic Broccoli Angel Hair Pasta I found while I was searching online for new stuff to eat the other day. In reality, it probably only took about a half hour from prep to completion, but it definitely required a lot more effort than I usually put in for dinner (although that really isn’t saying much since most of my meals are made in the microwave), so I think this can still be considered a “college style” meal! Continue reading
What’s a “natural-born vegetarian” anyway? Well, I’ve pretty much hated meat products my entire life. Personally, it’s never been about the cruelty to the animals—it’s about the horrible taste of them. Continue reading
I know I expressed my love for carbs in my last post, but have I ever said how much I love veggies? Tonight I made an entire bag of Birds Eye Steamfresh Asian Medley vegetables. And you know what? I ate that whole bag, too. I know I talked about moderation and portion control, but this is arguably the only “meal” I make that I just can’t talk myself out of eating the whole thing. With the entire bag taking only 7 1/2 minutes to cook (in the microwave, may I add), amounting to 226 calories, 1360mg of calcium (360 over the FDA‘s recommended intake!), and 7.6g of protein, these veggies just keep getting better. Continue reading
Sooo…this is what it looks like to be a real vegetarian on a college student’s budget (“real,” meaning that I’ve been eating meat-free for about 15 years and I don’t only eat salads and kale). With that in mind, I’d like to point out that I am a religious carb-eater. Because of this, many people ask me, “If you only eat carbs, how are you not overweight?” The answer is simple—portion control (and I don’t only eat carbs). Is it absolutely 100%, perfectly healthy? No, but I do take my multivitamins and iron supplements every day while also visiting my doctors regularly, just like everyone else. Trust me, all of my doctors know that I’ve been a vegetarian for this long, especially since I’ve been going to some of them for most of my life. They have never once been concerned about my health, weight, or lifestyle. So neither should you. Continue reading
With March just around the corner, more of the sweet fruits and crisp veggies are finally beginning to come back into season, which means no more sour fruits and limp lettuce! Yay!
But what exactly is in season right now? Continue reading
It’s getting to be that time of year again when I start having to listen to people constantly ask me: “But what do you eat at Thanksgiving dinner?” Or my personal favorite: “Don’t you miss eating the turkey?” Honestly, no. One of the main reasons I’ve stayed a vegetarian for so long is because I don’t miss eating the meat. However, both my sister and I are full-blown vegetarians, and finding things to eat for Thanksgiving has always been the biggest struggle (there are only so many times you can eat plate full of mashed potatoes before you get sick of it). Continue reading
DISCLAIMER: There are spoilers in this post regarding AMC’s The Walking Dead
WARNING: The pictures within this post are gory. I wouldn’t recommend continuing to read if you don’t think you can handle the gruesomeness
Because of the extreme bloodiness and goriness the actors experience in AMC’s hit thriller television show The Walking Dead, many of the show’s actors are now turned off completely to the idea of meat and have become vegetarians. In the show, zombies are constantly biting into and tearing up human bodies with their teeth. Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), a lead role in the series, has publicly come out in a radio interview about being a vegetarian and says he’s “kind of bummed about it.” In the same interview, it is said that roughly 80% of the show’s food being catered is now vegetarian-based instead of other meat-based meals; after watching or personally biting raw meat out of another person’s body, most actors don’t want anything to do with eating meat for lunch.
So you’re a vegetarian. So what? Yet, you always get incredibly self-conscious when you start talking to that new hot guy or super cute girl in your class. But why? Because you think they’re going to turn you down when you tell them you love animals? They won’t want to take you out to dinner because you’ll have to ask the waiter for no chicken? They think you’re an embarrassing “tree hugger” who doesn’t bathe? Now that’s just ridiculous. Dating a vegetarian actually has its perks.
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