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.
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.
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.
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
4. At the end of the day, you know you’re going to save the world. Just check out what the scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoying every minute! xx