I am a 19 20 year old University student who is a nursing major. I do live on campus, and am originally from Chicago.
Yes, it is quite the challenge to eat vegan on campus (especially since all the vegetarian options are doused in either butter or cheese), but I try to make the most of the salad bar and do most my own grocery shopping at the local health food store.
After my first semester as a freshie, I did gain the freshman 15 and decided to lose the weight as fast as i possibly could (NOT the healthiest way to do it) and in the end, I did lose the 15 lbs … and then some. At my lowest I got down to a skeletal 95 lbs, and while at the time I thought I looked great, I was not at all healthy. I was malnourished, my period stopped, my hair fell out, and yea, things just got bad. It wasn’t until my GYN informed me that I had a risk of suffering a heart attack was when I was scared into gaining the much needed weight.
It was then that I also became interested in nutrition and healthy food. At first, I decided to become a vegetarian, because I loved the animals and knew deep inside that eating animal meat might not be the best thing for my health… but I loved cheese and eggs! It wasn’t until recently that I became interested in veganism. At first, the diet was pretty scary to me.. I mean, I was on campus.. what would I eat if i cut off all animal products?? I found out that a vegan diet was the most suitable choice for me, for my health, for the animals, and for the environment.
So now, at a healthy 109 lbs, I am focusing on healthy foods and trying my best to be a model of good health so that my patients can benefit from my care. 🙂
I’m the pregnant one in the middle…
JK! I’m the one w/ the goofy smile on far right. 🙂