So the other day I asked you what you want to see on this page and the most common request was for tips on how to go/stay vegan as a high school/college student.
I have a lot to say about this topic so I’m going to start a little #veganstudentguide series. Today I’ll start with this tip: be easy on yourself and have some flexibility. During my first year as a vegan, I was extremely militant with my diet. I was terrified that I might slip up and eat something cooked in a little butter if I went out for a meal. This year, I’ve had to learn to let go of that a little. I still do my best to avoid animal products, but I’m not perfect. When you’re eating in a dining hall, you don’t always know exactly what you’re getting. Sometimes things are mislabeled and the ingredients aren’t always listed. It takes a lot of effort (more than I am willing to put in) to ensure that everything on your plate is 100% vegan. So sure, I might eat something containing animal products every now and then, but I’m doing my best and that’s enough. And I think adding this bit of flexibility has done wonders for my mental health. It’s a great feeling to be able to go out to a meal without tf stressing out.
To be totally honest, I was a little scared to share this opinion because I thought I’d be called out as a bad or fake vegan by others in this community. But I think it’s that attitude that turns people away from going vegan in the first place. I don’t want to be part of this community that rejects anyone who isn’t perfect. As long as I am eating a diet of mostly plants and trying my best to reduce animal cruelty and help the environment, I think I’m doing pretty damn good.
And on a totally different note, I had some overripe bananas on the counter today so I whipped up this banana bread using a recipe from “The Simple Veganista” and it was really good! Highly recommend you check them out.