What Do Vegans Eat?
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No chocolate. No dairy. No meat. No fish. Everything has to be grown. People may confuse vegetarians with vegans. The difference between a vegan and a vegetarian is that in addition to not consuming any animal, a vegan (a hardcore vegetarian) also doesn’t eat dairy products, eggs, and anything animal. Vegans also avoid using products that have been tested on animals or made from animal skins.
I somehow lasted a whole school week on a vegan diet. Let me just say that it wasn’t easy.
I had an apple, a banana, a small Caesar salad and a glass of water for breakfast. Brunch was a battle. I ate a cherry toaster strudel and got some wild berry juice to drink. With me, I carried a package of some Ritz crackers and one bottle of water. When lunch came, I went to the salad bar and got some salad, ranch dressing, carrots, apple slices, watermelon, and when I sat down at the table, my friend took away my ranch. Having forgotten that ranch is a no-no, I managed to eat the salad and my fruit. At 5pm, my parents arrived home with their In-N-Out and I sat at the table eating two PB+J sandwiches.
Having thought that the PB+J had filled me up pretty well, I ate one sandwich for breakfast. It wasn’t enough, so I sliced an apple and gladly devoured it. Brunch was the same as yesterday, except that I got a green apple flavored toaster strudel. No Ritz today. I had two water bottles with me. Lunch was hard considering that it was Taco Tuesday, so I ended up getting lettuce, carrots, and watermelon for lunch again. After school, I picked up supper, and I gave all but my water bottle to my friend. At around 5:30pm, my mom and dad had came home with King Taco. I ate nothing for dinner. Taco Tuesday was rough on me.
I woke up to the smell of eggs. My grandma was cooking some eggs for my brother, Peter. Very tempted, I silently sat and ate my toast and strawberry jam and chugged my Gatorade. Brunch came and I repeated yesterday’s choice of an green apple strudel. Potato Wednesday approached at school and my lunch looked delicious…until I had my cheese and butter snatched from me. I might as well lose the potato, so I gave it away. Sooner than I thought, 3pm came, so I arrived home to a delicious salad and I got to use my Olive Garden Italian dressing. My night ended off with a sweet tooth and Starburst.
I felt weak and I had a large appetite. Breakfast was served at school, I was only allowed to keep my banana. I ate my Ritz in first period. My water bottle was empty by the time brunch came around. I bought some Hot Cheetos from a friend in my fourth period. Lunch came and a pile of strawberries and watermelon and cantaloupe sat on my plate. Sixth period came and I searched for food in Milnes’ room and she gave me some Cuties. I was satisfied. Getting home, my parents teased me with some milk tea with rainbow jelly from Miss Tea. I was full and happy, so I no longer needed any food, so I retreated to bed.
Last day of vegan week. That was my first thought after waking up to get to school. I ate some fruit and cooked up some edamame. I got to school and for brunch, I got a cherry strudel and water. By lunch, I had eaten two bags of chips and drank two bottles of water. Lunch came and I got my salad and watermelon. When I got home, I made some popcorn and ate pomegranate. Meanwhile I waited for my family to come back home. My mom brought home a salad and some delicious cookies from her work. I slept happy knowing the next day this routine wouldn’t continue.
Fellow staff writer, Bryan Moran, also went vegan but didn’t do so well. He messed up every single day by eating a honey graham bear, to eating a chocolate or even eating cereal made with honey. He said “This is a very difficult lifestyle that is as hard as people say it is, however it is for a good cause and also very healthy. I did enjoy it however I tried cauliflower buffalo wings and they were delicious.”
I applaud those that live a vegan lifestyle. It really wasn’t as easy as it sounded or looked. I went from a carnivore to a straight and full-on herbivore. A vegan in the junior class, Athena Ruiz, has been a vegan since February 21st. She says that she became vegan for the animals. ” I’ve watched multiple documentaries that showed the horrible treatment of animals in factory farms and became disgusted at the thought of eating the poor, sick animals.”