Confessions of the vegan students

Written by Melissa Watt |

Turning vegan can expose you to a lot of judgement and stereotypes. With this comes an underlying pressure to be a slim, healthy vegan that never makes a mistake, which could not be further from reality.

Let’s face it, we all occasionally forget to check the food label and religiously stock up on our trusted Linda McCartney sausages.

I asked vegan students to submit their anonymous confessions in a bid to normalise our eating habits.  This was a chance for us to share our occasional slip-ups without being judged for it.

To combat the unrealistic expectation to be a perfect vegan 24/7, we need to encourage an open, honest dialogue. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a vegan, you’re in for a treat!

The Vegan Confessional

Sometimes I smell certain non-vegan foods and it makes me miss them. It gives me these random cravings for odd things like salmon, but I find just enough strength in me to not act on it.

I f-ing hate almond milk.

I hate feeling like non-vegans are watching your every move, just waiting for you to slip up.

I ate a vegan Magnum for breakfast.

I always feel awkward when I have to tell new people about my dietary requirements.

I eat ugly vegan food on the daily (and I’m not ashamed of it).

Why do so many crisps “contain milk powder”?!

Vegans and meat eaters are united in their hatred for PETA.

If someone is going to chuck out non-vegan food, I eat it, so the animal didn’t die in vain.

I was first motivated to turn vegan to spite Piers Morgan.

I definitely forget to check food labels sometimes! It’s easy to become complacent. Although, if I accidentally buy something non-vegan, it goes to my family or to a food bank.

I eat waaaaaaay too many carbs. Carbs on carbs on carbs.

I once ate a Malteser after I fainted in a hospital to bring my sugar levels up again… I still feel bad!

Yes, I do get enough protein.

I feel embarrassed to turn down food because I’m scared of people’s reactions when I tell them that I’m vegan.

I was such an unhealthy vegan! I hated fruit or salad.

I really love being a part of the vegan community.

Am I still a vegan if I hate falafel and hummus?

I love cooking and baking, but I roll my eyes when I read recipes that try to make everything healthy, like vegan cheesecake recipes that swap the biscuit base for blended dates, or when recipes call for nutritional yeast when vegan cheese already exists. Give me cheese! Give me sugar! Give me carbs! Give me that sh*t that’s bad for you! I’m here for a good time, not a long time!

Contrary to popular belief, vegans don’t feel the need to actively tell every person they meet that they’re vegan. It’s always other people that ask me first!

A vegan pizza without dairy-free cheese just isn’t a pizza (I’m looking at you, Goodfellas).

If I eat any more toast, I would literally become a piece of bread.

Once, I was delighted to find a dairy-free and egg-free carbonara sauce from Tesco – that was until I discovered it had ham in it! The best thing to do in these situations is to laugh it off, rather than to punish yourself. Besides, my flatmate got a free dinner that night.

I hate when a side salad is the only vegan option at a restaurant.

I’m really proud of the lifestyle choices I am making. It can be difficult and discouraging to be vegan at times, but you gain so much more for what you ‘lose’.