5 Tips From a Vegan Dietetics Student

Four years ago landing at Purdue University in Indiana, I didn’t know what to expect.  I had lectures about the incredible GMOs and dairy products, and labs visiting meat processing factories.  I learned the hard way how to stay true to myself.  Nothing could bring me more joy than providing fitness classes, newspaper articles, and my own series of vegan food demonstrations.  Today, I know so much more about myself, the dietetics profession, and the stereotype that I am associated with.  Hopefully, you can dodge a few bullets with some advice from my experiences.

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1. Don’t Tell Them You’re “Vegan”. Well, at least not right away.  It is much more accepted to say “I feel good eating plant-based” or “I just don’t like meat and milk gives me gas!”  The word “vegan” instantly gives people that “oh… you’re one of those weirdos” kind of vibe.  And, trust me, you’re only saving yourself. Once they find out you’re vegan, then you get the, “oh, so do you eat ___” and “wait, can you eat __” questions.. which, at this point, are beyond irritating.

2. Haters Gonna Hate. If your “friends” are mad at you for not going out with them, they are not your friends.

IMG_20150207_171122 I learned this one the hard way.  But when I did make this realization, I can’t believe the incredible friends that came along!  I have so much fun spending true quality time with my friends, being nerdy, and doing what I love most like run, cook, dance, yoga, and eat 😉 ! I don’t plan on becoming an alcoholic…that doesn’t mean I didn’t have one to many mimosas at PQ’s bridal shower…but still…I love my liver. Also, there are definitely disbelievers out there. And it is really fun to prove them wrong. Snapchat--750773866263956008

3. Share BOMB food with your friends.  Everybody wants delish healthy food these days.  Share your vegan favorites with as many people as possible.  Try these brownies, they are easy, healthy, and beyond ooey gooey and amazing.  You gotta try them on your friends. Black Bean Brownies S/O Anna Lawler

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4. At the end of the day, you know you’re going to save the world.  IMG_20150307_200447Just check out what the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says: veganevidence

5. Blog! Now that I am a senior, I almost forgot why I started this blog in the first place.  If only I had a penny for every time I was asked, “what do you eat!?” and “where do you get your protein!?”  This blog was made for an easy one-liner answer, “check the blog.”  And what a fantastic tool it has been.  I can’t wait to take the time to make a professional, beautiful website in the future like my current inspiration Nutrition Stripped

If I can make it through, so can you!  Put yourself out there, and be sure to do what makes you happiest.  If you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at k.reines1@gmail.com.  Enjoying every minute! xx

Chicago Vegan Mania

I helped to establish a brand new group at Purdue University called Be Veg At Purdue by undertaking the role of treasurer and managing finances.  It is a challenging learning experience, and I absolutely love it!  Making new like-minded friends and coming together to make the world a better place ❤ Taking a van to Chicago Vegan Mania was our second event of the semester and it was INCREDIBLE!

chiveganmaniaaaWhat a dream come true!  There were professional presentations, talks, food demos, Q&A panels, food vendors and vegan people and products up that wazoo!!

The highlight of my day was attending Chef AJ’s Demo! She was a RIOT! What a comedian with singing and silliness!  Too much fun in the kitchen!  Not only was she entertaining, but she was brilliant.  I was presently suprised by her nutrition knowledge and expertise.  I highly recommend checking her out and watching her videos with Julieanna Hever, The Plant Based Dietitian.  Amazing source for truly healthy recipes that are also truly delicious!

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Robert Cheeke, Mike Vlasaty, and Karen Calabrese were all there too!  I am such a huge fan!  But was too caught up in all of the excitement to get to meet everybody.  It was way to exciting running around meeting people and stuffing myself with vegan junk food.  What a treat!  So glad the Be Veg At Purdue Club got me to be able to come to such a great event!  We hope to put on an event like this sometime in the future!  If you want to present at Purdue for an event like this, email me at k.reines1@gmail.com!

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P.S. I so would have overloaded this post with pictures if my phone wasn’t broken!  So much amazing foodporn, was seriously trippin about not having a camera :-/  Sorry loves!  Happy Eating Healthy! ❤ ❤ ❤

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