About Me

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. πŸ™‚

I’m the pregnant one in the middle…

JK! I’m the one w/ the goofy smile on far right. πŸ™‚


19 thoughts on “About Me

  1. trustmyintuition says:

    Hey! I appreciate your honesty. My story is kind of the same as yours except I never really gained weight in college and i got down to a skeletal 95 as well at the age of 16. I struggled after gaining the weight back and battled with food and my weight for so long. At some point in that time I became very interested in nutrition as well, and a few years ago vegetarianism and dabbed into veganism (until now). Kudos to you for doing it while living on campus. I did it too only for a few months until I moved out, and it was a huge challenge. Sounds like we have a lot of the same interests!!

  2. I’m really glad you shared your story. Weight issues are really difficult especially at our age (i’m 17) and i’m glad you were able to regain your health πŸ™‚

    Your also very pretty πŸ™‚ !!!!

  3. Anna Maria says:

    Hey, I’m 109 pounds too… and I kinda look like you! How tall are you?

    Sorry if I sound like a creepy stalker; I’m not!

  4. Anna Maria:
    Hi! Welcome to the blog! I hope you enjoy reading.

    Hey! You have my little sister’s name! For a second, I thought it was her leaving a comment, hehe. Oh, awesome, I have a twin! Hehe.. Oh, silly me I forgot to post my height!

    I am somewhere between 5 foot 2 and 5 foot 3. I’m a bit taller than 5’2″, but not quite tall enough to reach 5’3″!

  5. I really enjoyed reading this πŸ™‚ I think that so many of us have either had eating disorders, or have battled with our weight…. Im in that club for sure… finding a healthy and satisfying way out of that is probably one of the most rewarding things I have discovered!!!

  6. Love this blog because like you, I’m trying to be a nurse as well πŸ™‚ I’m still doing my pre-reqs for it but hopefully I get into the program soon!

  7. Andrea says:

    love your blog! i have a similar history to yours and im only 2 weeks younger than you lol. i definitely appreciate your openness and honesty. by the way you are SOOO gorgeous!! that’s awesome that you’re studying nursing…my mom’s a nurse and i totally admire her for that. just wondering if u areinto the whole partying/drinking scene at college and if that affects you in any way? thanks πŸ™‚

  8. Andrea:

    Welcome to the blog! I’m glad to hear you enjoy it and thanks for the compliment. πŸ™‚

    About the whole partying/drinking scene.. no, I’m a real dork, hehe. :-p I was never really into that scene and I would much rather stay in and read a book or go out to the movies. Just good wholesome fun that doesn’t require any alcohol, so I generally just avoid that scene. I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with it, if that’s what you’re into, just as long as you don’t go overboard! πŸ˜‰

  9. Hey! I am a new blogger and when I saw Vegan nurse I got so happy! I’m also majoring in nursing and I became vegan almost 6 months ago!! I can totally relate to your story about the freshman 15 but unfortunately I gained 16 (eww) ! I’m 5’3″ when I got to college I weighed 108 but by the end of one year I weighed 124!! So I’m back down to 110 which is my very very happy weight!! I hope I can figure this whole blog stuff out and get mine going!! Well good luck in nursing! πŸ™‚


  10. Hey! I don’t have a food blog (yet), but I have read yours a few times, and just realized that you live in Chicago!

    I would just like to introduce myself..I’m a freshmen at DePaul University, a vegan, and new to the Chicago area. I would love to talk with you about the city sometime!

  11. foodsthatfit says:

    Do you know what type of nursing you want to do yet. I have been an ER nurse for the last 4 years and really enjoy it although it can be stressful. Good luck in your program.

  12. Wow! I am very excited to find this blog. I am a nursing major recovering from …anorexia. I was vegan years ago and I am finding myself pulled in the vegan direction in my recovery. I too am focusing on healthy, whole foods in my recovery.

  13. JB says:

    there was a point when my weight was way too low also, and i had to gain some pounds for my health. by the way, i used to eat a lot of cheese and eggs too, but i’m vegan now and i don’t miss either of them!

    i was glad to read that you’re not the pregnant girl in the picture, haha! for a second there i was thinking, 20 years old…living on campus…and pregnant?! that would not be an ideal situation.

    and congratulations on your blog being over a year old! i just began mine yesterday. after finishing this reply i’m going to subscribe to yours! you seem entertaining. my url is http://cardiovegsular.wordpress.com if you’re interested.

  14. I just typed in the words “vegan nurse” because I was hoping a blog like that would come up. Your’s perfectly fits the bill! I’m vegan and the daughter of a nurse so I think what you’re doing is so great! Best of luck with school and much happy vegan eating.

  15. Kudos to you, your strength & interest in eco friendly living. I try to contribute too (www.zeitgeist.com movement – have you heard of it?) & recycle as much as possible & thrift-shop vs. buying new. Foods wise though I am not as advanced as you are & should jump on the band wagon as well! I love my friend’s self-made raw food (http://leafygreenscafe.com/)! I might ask her to teach me some more & slowly but surely progress w/changing my diet. All the best for your RNs career, keep the grades & good work up! Cheers, Julie

  16. Kaitlyn says:

    Hey, I’m going to be going to nursing school soon and was curious how you got involved in the clinical in Central America. I tried to email you, but couldn’t find an address. If you get the chance, please email me sparklingcleansolution@gmail — thanks, girl!!

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