Being a vegan at university: debunking the myths
As a vegan university student, many people believe that I don't get the full uni experience.
However, this simply isn't the case. Many of these preconceptions about how restrictive and boring a vegan lifestyle can be are about to be debunked.
Myth number 1:
Vegan food shopping is more expensive and not student-friendly.
While many people think of veganism as involving only expensive meat replacements, this simply is not the case. Having been vegan for almost two university years, I spend roughly £10-15 a week on my food shop. Sometimes it's nice to splash out on the more fancy replacements out there, but these are not necessary to make scrumptious meals on a budget. Think fruit, veg, beans, legumes and carbs. Many of these things can be cooked and seasoned to mimic the taste of meat, such as chickpeas, while carbs such as sweet potato are amazing for bulking up your meals. If you're still set on meat replacements, supermarket own brands are also relatively cheaper than companies such as Wicked or Vivera.
Myth number 2:
Vegans miss out on drunk food.
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?Vegan á McDonalds? 1️⃣ Vefja, mínus kjúklingur, ostur & mayonnaise 2️⃣ Fröllurnar eru classic 3️⃣ Salat . *Kannski ekki mest eftirsótt af þeim góða vegan mat sem að er til EN það er alltaf hægt að finna vegan kost á flestum matsölustöðum/veitingastöðum* - - - #mcdonalds #veganmeal #veganmcdonaldsfood #veganmcdonalds #cheatday
Wrong. Now veganism is a more popular lifestyle, many fast food places are starting to cater for our needs. This means that when everyone floods to McDonald's at the end of the night, so can I. And if not, I can always throw some vegan nuggets from the freezer in the oven when I get home.
Myth number 3:
Vegans can't socialise with friends as much.
This just isn't true. Being vegan doesn't stop me from drinking alcohol or being able to go for nice meals out. Lots of restaurants offer vegan options, such as Nando's, Wagamama's, Pizza Express and Bella Italia. But most importantly, I can still go to Spoons just like everyone else.
Myth number 4:
Vegans get sick more.
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Ahh the joy of old stone buildings! This is the Trent Building at the University of Nottingham looking resplendent against a cloudy blue sky, taken earlier this month when I attended "Nottingjam", a lindy hop weekend hosted by the uni's Swing Dance Society. This building was constructed in 1928 and is Grade II listed. It has some stunning interiors as well as a very striking façade. #trentbuilding #nottingham #listedbuilding #bluesky
As a university student, you're already more susceptible to diseases floating around halls or on campus. However, once you become vegan, people get even more concerned. This simply isn't the case, as I get less sick now than I did before, and my recovery time is always faster. While vegans have to make sure they take a B12 supplement, it's relatively easy to get all of our dietary requirements, especially protein.
Going vegan, or even reducing your animal product consumption, would be making a massive difference in a world where global warming is causing such devastation.