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Living with Non-Vegans + School

Hey there everyone! Hope you’re all having a great September so far. Today I wanted to talk about my ‘new life’ so far. I’m living in a house for second year University with 5 other girls (who are non-vegan) and also trying to balance eating/making healthy food while attending classes, doing readings and assignments, possibly working, and still maintaining a social life and having ‘me time’.  So here’s what’s goin on in my world and how I make everything work 🙂

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Many people may find it hard or difficult being the only vegan around, but honestly, it’s not even bad. My friends are still adjusting to the idea, but it’s not like they are ever rude to me about it or anything. I know some people who constantly make rude remarks to vegans and criticize them. I’m glad I’ve never had to have that experience. People don’t really understand it, but at least they don’t criticize me for it, and I appreciate that. They just sort of think I eat leaves n stuff.

I always make food and offer friends and family some. I find the best way to get people to open their eyes to veganism is through food- especially desserts. Before moving in, I made chocolate chip cookies, and the girls loved them! (Hopefully they weren’t just saying that) (well, they wanted more, so…). I was also eating my chocolate cake tonight and my friend asked me for a bite… and then wanted another one. So she approved.

IMG_7933I don’t think they’ve gotten used to the fact that I’m a vegan yet and that everything that I eat is vegan. I guess people think vegans only eat salads and fruit (understandable) because every time I eat bread, or pizza, or crackers, or cookies, or cake, they ask “is that vegan!?” and tonight I said, “Yes, you don’t have to ask every time because everything I eat is vegan hahaha”

I get it though, because not everyone knows that anything you eat that is regular food can be made vegan. ie: pizza, lasagna, yogurt,  ice-cream, butter, cream cheese, sour cream, taco meat, nachos, burgers, scrambled eggs, pasta, sandwiches, cake, cookies, fudge, cheesecake etc. Yes, all of these foods can be made vegan.

Everyone thinks ‘vegan food’ is this huge weird ordeal. It’s literally only food without an egg or milk in it. And meat of course. and eggs and dairy are not hard to replicate in recipes. So, easy peasy 🙂

So I make my own food and share when I can, in hopes that everyone will realize that being a vegan isn’t that bad or hard. Do I stand out like a sore thumb? Yes. But is that okay? yes yes.

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Living and Eating

I have a lot of food. I mean A LOT. But we worked everything out well, and I even brought my mini fridge (because not everything fit in our communal fridge that is quite small) and I have my own designated cupboards.

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I keep a few things in the main fridge, like my olives, avocado, cucumber, and pineapple, but most of my stuff is in my lil fridge. My cupboard is on the right side of the photo below and here’s what’s inside:

  • Spiralizer
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • You Fresh Naturals Coco-Nut Butter
  • Coconut shreds
  • Super powders
  • Oats
  • Dates
  • Lara Bars
  • Brown Sugar
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Crackers
  • Chickpeas
  • Vega Protein Powder
  • Figs

1Then I keep a little container on top of my mini fridge with my main things that I use daily.

In the fridge:

  • My chocolate cake in a small tupperware container
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Zuchinni
  • Spinach
  • Apples and Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Dates

On Top:

2Oh, and I have a shelf at the bottom of our cupboard with a few things as well.

  • Sourdough Bread
  • Cashews (the large container)
  • Rice Pasta
  • Kevala Cashew Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Quinoa
  • Sweet Spreads Nut Butters
  • Flaxseed Meal
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Tupperware containers

IMG_8004What I ate Today: first day in the new house

Breakfast: big green smoothie consisting of: 4 frozen bananas, handful of spinach, 1 tsp peanut butter, superpowders (noni, wheatgrass, baobab, vega protein powder)

2014-09-03 001 2014-09-03 003For lunch I had a sourdough bread sandwich with hummus, lettuce,mushrooms, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and mustard. A side of: 1 nectarine and a coconut cream lara bar.

IMG_7746Dinner: homemade cauliflower crust pizza with tomato sauce, mushrooms, zucchini, cherry tomatoes,  and black olives. Recipe can be found here.

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Tomorrow I have class at 10am, so tonight I’m going to make overnight oats because they are a simple breakfast and all I gotta do is take it out of the fridge and eat them! I highly recommend food prepping for when you have early classes or busy days. I know Wednesdays are my super busy day, so on Tuesday nights I will do meal prep and get everything ready in advanced. I have some posts from my Tip Tuesday page on Meal Prep and Quick and Easy Food Ideas that could be useful to you if you’re in school. I hope this helps!

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    Russell
    September 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Great job Katrina. As usual you are SO organized. I installed the app called Lose It.
    It helps me keep track of my calories and such. It is so cool. I just scanned the bar code of my cereal and silk milk and voila it enters it auto magically..xoxoxo

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