20 Things I Learned After 30 Days Of Being Vegan

20 Things I Learned After 30 Days Of Being Vegan

I never even learned this much during a month of school!

Let's be real, the idea of veganism is not one that comes with a positive connotation, take it from a girl who loves a good burger just as much as the next person! However, after getting exposed to some information regarding factory farming and the effects animal agriculture has on our planet I decided to take on the challenge of becoming vegan. The things I have learned in just the past month continue to amaze me so, ya know, it'd only fair that I share my knowledge with you.

1. I do not miss meat.

Tofu, tempeh, and bread fill those cravings very well.

2. I am not always hungry.

Since fruits and veggies are lower in calories than meat and dairy products, you can eat so much more of them for the same amount of calories! Which in turn, fills you up more.

3. Animals are responsible for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Everyone is concerned with the amount of greenhouse gasses that are put out by vehicles, but that doesn't nearly compare to the gas emissions of animals.

4. I have saved the lives of 30 animals.

Everyday of being vegan saves the life of one animal!

5. Eating out isn't a pain.

Many restaurants have great salads, veggie burgers, veggie side dishes, pastas and the list goes on!

6. People will always ask questions.

How do you get your protein? Aren't you always hungry? What do you eat? Can you eat anything?

7. People will always criticize your choice.

People will say it's not healthy for you or that humans are meant to be carnivores, but my stance on this is that if my choice to be vegan doesn't affect you, you shouldn't worry about it!

8. Vegan burgers are just as delicious as meat burgers.

Have you ever had a black bean burger? How about a chickpea and corn burger? If not, take my advice and try one as soon as possible.

9. I have saved 33,000 gallons of water.

So much water is used in the production of animal meat that turning vegan saves 1,100 pounds of water a day simply by not eating animal products.

10. Oreos are vegan.

Score 1 for vegans.

11. Chocolate syrup is also vegan.

Chocolate soy milk anyone?

12. Vegetables aren't gross.

Have you ever had roasted cauliflower? To die for!

13. 80% of antibiotics in the world are for animal use.

With the concern about diseases and antibiotics reaching more poor countries, I feel that some of these antibiotics that are used on animals could be better used, oh ya know, on people?

14. You lose weight without really trying when turning vegan.

I take in less calories simply because I am eating nutrient dense food with a lower calorie count, which results in weight loss.

15. Eating plant based foods gives you so much more energy.

Take it from someone who took naps religiously before becoming vegan, and now wakes up at nine in the morning on a daily basis. Trust me, I wouldn't lie to you about something as important as sleep.

16. There is more protein in a serving of broccoli than a serving of meat.

Crazy right?!

17. Factory farms produce more than 50% of all food animals in the U.S.

When I really thought about it, I did not like the idea of my animal products coming from a place where animals aren't even given the chance of being treated humanely.

18. Being vegan is not more expensive than a normal diet.

Check it! "Forget Saving the Planet: Being a Vegetarian Is Cheaper Than Eating Meat"

19. Meat consumption increases the risk for cancer by a ton.

Like, an actual ton. Like, increasing the chance of colon cancer by 300% worth of a ton.

20. I feel like I am actually doing something to help the world.

Turning vegan started as a health thing because college had turned me to really bad food habits. After what I have learned about the food industry however, I don't see myself ever being able to return to a standard American diet ever again because, if anything, I care about my body too much to put so many chemicals in it.

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A List Of Things I Never Thought I Would Thank My Parents For Teaching Me

#12 is the scariest one yet

Our parents or guardians are our teachers. From a young age, children look up to their elders for day to day tasks. It's our instinct to learn from the people we are supposed to trust the most. It's easy to take advantage of how much they really do teach us, considering most are small tasks you would've learned eventually. It wasn't until I was cleaning up some bedding after a sleep over where I was the only one who knew how to fold a fitted bed sheet that I truly appreciated that I had someone to teach me that. So here is a list of tasks I am glad my parents taught me how to do.

1. Fold a fitted bed sheet

It's really not that hard, but some people seem to think it's impossible. If I'm being honest, it's probably because they're just trying to fold it without a method and that is their first mistake.

2. Chop wood

Living in an area where it gets insanely cold, a wood stove can help save so much money on electric. To have a wood stove though, you need to have chopped wood. You could totally use an ax, but it's much easier and faster to use a wood cutter.

3. Properly wash my laundry

All I can say is that I'm glad my life didn't end up like one of those infomercials where you screw everything up. You taught me how to do laundry early on, and it's something that needs to be done frequently. It is handy to know especially being away at college where I don't have a mom or dad to do my laundry for me.

4. Change a shower head

Who doesn't want to have a wild shower party like this kid? In order for that to happen, you need to know how to change things like a shower head.

5. Unclog a drain

It would be a little gross to show a gif, but it's a handy task you need to know. Not just how to unclog a toilet, because that's easy when you have plunger. Your sink tends to collect more than you would think and it builds up. Who knows, maybe one day you'll drop something down the sink that's valuable. If you know how to unclog a drain, you'll know how to retrieve that item.

6. Cook a mean scrambled egg

This is just a classic food, and one of many, that I have learned how to cook. There are so many ways you could spice up this style food, but you need to know how to cook the basics. Once you know how to cook this, you have breakfast for everyday of the week.

7. Balance a check book

Not that I actually use a check book daily yet, but I know the basics on how to use one. Some day in the future I will be a pro at using one.

8. Use big kid tools

There is going to come a time in my life where I need to use a screwdriver, and not just one of those tiny manual ones. It's nice to know that out of the majority of my friends, I'm the only one with a tool box. You never know when you're going to need tools.

9. How to navigate a grocery store

It's so easy to walk in and decide that you want everything. I learned to make a list of what I need (and to double check before I leave to make sure I have everything.) When you stumble upon something that isn't on the list, their has to be a clear and reasonable justification to buy it. I also learned to have an order to the groceries. You don't want to be walking back and forth to collect your items. Travel isle to isle.

10. Cleaning a bathroom

It's so easy to just casually wipe down the surface of the counters and the toilet seat with a wipe and then call it a day. When I'm older, I'll know exactly what products to buy and how to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

11. Pump gas

It's weird to think that in some states, people never have to learn how to pump their own gas. What happens when you travel outside of those comforting borders and you run low on gas? I can confidently say that I will be set because I learned how to pump my own gas.

12. Make phone calls

I like to think that I look like a very casual business woman when I'm on the phone, but often times I look like this. Talking on the phone can be scary when you don't know what to say, but it's easier to make phone calls when they're on speaker and my mom is mouthing the words I need to say.

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I Asked College Students About Eating Habits And Here's What They Said

What is your opinion?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

I have a really hard time eating healthy in college. I want to eat healthy whenever I can, but I find that it's either too expensive or not available. How am I expected to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle when it's nearly out of reach? I decided to see if other people were struggling with the same problems, so I asked 4 college students about their eating habits: here's what the said.

1. How many meals a day do you eat?

"I eat 3 meals a day" Female, age 21
"I’m actually more of a snacker than I am a full meal type of eater. I usually eat something small for breakfast just so I am not starving later on, a simple lunch, snack time until I eat dinner." Female, age 23
" I eat 3 meals a day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. A lot of times in the morning I forget to eat breakfast so that makes it two. This happens about 2 or 3 times a week. Lunch is definitely my biggest meal of the day. Lately, I have been eating a buffet of some sort. I wish my dinners consisted of more food. A lot of times, I don't have enough food at home. And, I usually eat pasta, rice with meat, or something out if I have the energy." Male, age 22
"I eat 3-4 meals a day." Male, age 21

2. Do you make breakfast, grab a packaged breakfast (Pop-tarts, frozen sandwiches, protein bars, cereal bars, etc.) grab fast food, or go to the dining hall?

"I make breakfast. Most of the time it is one fried egg and one piece of turkey sausage." Female, age 21

"I always have a cup of “almost black” coffee and then either a piece of fruit, toast, or overnight oats." Female, age 23

"I each packaged food. Specifically Jimmy Dean's. And I eat a Chobani Flip Cup Yogurt. Sometimes when I have time, I go to Starbucks to get a drink with either a chorizo breakfast breakfast sandwich or a spinach and feta wrap. When I wake up early, I make a few eggs, scrambled with a glass of OJ and some bacon. So, I eat all sorts of food for breakfast. Predominately, the jimmy deans and yogurt though." Male, age 22

"I usually eat at the dining hall. I will get eggs and bacon or sausage, biscuits and gravy, and sometimes I will get french toast or pancakes, too." Male, age 21

3. Where do you eat a majority of your meals? (at home, at the dining hall, fast food, etc.)

"I eat most of my meals at home." Female, age 21

"At home!" Female, age 23

"I eat a majority of my meals out. I eat a lot of meals at the dining hall. But I also eat at chic fil a, moes, and cookout." Male, age 22

"I eat most of my meals at the dining hall." Male, age 21

4. Do you eat with others or alone?

"I eat with my boyfriend or with friends every night." Female, age 21

"i almost always eat with others." Female, age 23

"I usually eat alone." Male, age 22

" I eat most of my meals with my friends. Occasionally I will eat alone if no one is available." Male, age 21

5. If you were cooking dinner, what would you cook?

"When I cook dinner, I usually make something like zucchini noodles with chicken." Female, age 21

"My favorite dinner includes having various types of veggies (usually baked), with something similar to quinoa, and sweet potatoes." Female, age 23

"I would cook some rice with some sort of meat. Either some cheese stuffed turkey meatballs or some chicken. I also would drink a glass of chocolate milk if possible. I always like trying to cook though. I like looking up recipes and trying new foods of all sorts." Male, age 22

"I don't really cook..." Male, age 21

6. What is the hardest thing about eating healthy in college?

"The hardest part about eating healthy in college is the temptation of bad food due to limited healthy options." Female, age 21

"Food that is better for you is often more expensive, “junk food” is more easily accessible around campus (ex. vending machines in academic halls), and just general exposure to the majority of people our age that have unhealthy eating habits while trying not to fall into them yourself." Female, age 23

"The hardest thing about eating healthy is going out to the store and buying the food. And finding the right, healthy foods I like are hard to find too. Doing the dishes is hard too. I am generally a lazy person but I also like eating so it's a daily struggle. So I eat out a lot to reduce the energy of doing those extra things." Male, age 22

"I don't really like healthy food, so I don't find it a problem." Male, age 21

7. What could be changed to make healthy eating in college easier?

"I think there would need to be more healthy and affordable options on and near campus." Female, age 21

"Incentive programs or education on the importance of taking care of your “whole self”- the physical, emotional, and mental well-being while in college." Female, age 23

"More choices in the dining hall. Foods that are delicious. More variety gives more leeway for different palettes. Also integrating a meal system where meal swipes would buy you more of a variety of foods. I also think that having the dining hall more open to what the students want and actually integrating different foods and systems. More posters and more signage around campus to influence healthy lifestyles." Male, age 22

"If I ate healthy meals, I would want there to be more healthy restaurants around town or more healthy options in the dining hall." Male, age 21

8. Do you think you have enough resources to eat what you want in college?

"I do not believe we have enough resources to eat in the healthy way that I would like to in college." Female, age 21

"Yes and no, the basic resources are beginning to be established but I think that there is still a long way to go with being equally available with other types of foods. For those with dietary restrictions (non-dairy, vegan, etc.) there are nowhere near as many options as their could/should be." Female, age 23

" I think there are enough resources to eat healthy and live a good lifestyle. However, with the nature of an average college student, I do not fully utilize the resources." Male, age 22

"I think there are plenty of options. Sometimes I will drive an hour away to get something I really want if i have to." Male, age 21

9. What is your "go-to" meal?

"In college, my "go-to" meal would be hibachi at the local hibachi restaurant." Female, age 21

"Smoothies!" Female, age 23

"My "go to meal" is some pasta and meatballs." Male, age 22

"I love burgers. My "go-to" meal would be a burger with fries or a Moe's stack." Male, age 21

10. If you were to go out to eat, where would you eat?

"My favorite place to eat out is a Mexican restaurant because it's cheap." Female, age 21

"My favorite restaurant is a local cafe." Female, age 23

"I'm not picky, I'll eat anywhere." Male, age 22

"I really like going to Moe's and Cookout." Male, age 21

After interviewing these people, I realized that we all have different eating habits. While I struggle with eating healthy, some can make do with what is available. The four students are very diverse, and their answers reflect that exceptionally. Overall, I realized that I am not alone, but I also have the capability to satisfy my healthy eating needs. What do you think about your college's eating choices?

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