What is it like being Vegan at School

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Being vegan at my school is a bit of a challenge, this is because not very many people are vegan; all the food served at the school canteen is vegetarian, the ladies in the canteen will cater for anyone’s dietary requirements, when you order your lunch but you would have to inform them. I don’t usually order my lunch from the canteen due to the amount of money it would cost my family (because there is 5 children) and because there is not fresh healthy options.

I usually pack my own lunch to take to school; my lunch box consists of fruit, a vegan muffin, savory (this could include sushi, leftovers, salads or vegan pizzas) and snacks (nuts, trail mix, carrots, cucumber and hummus.) I just pack my lunchbox with whatever I can find in the house that I like.

I don’t really like chips or sweets, so I snack on nuts or fruit, trail mix, banana ice-cream, protein balls and smoothies.

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In food tech we often use eggs and dairy milk, this is a bit annoying because I have to ask to use the vegan recipe. In my food tech class there is always a vegan option due to some people’s allergies.

At my school no one really knows that I’m vegan, I have only told a few people and they support my decision. I don’t really want everyone to know that I eat animal free because someone from school said that they were vegan on a social media site and they got a lot of hate from it. I don’t think many people from school would care if I as vegan, I think after a while they would just forget.

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On school excursions most of the food is vegetarian, but because I have been vegan for a while I know what I can and can’t eat. When the school caters for the excursions there is always a vegan option because some of the teachers at school are vegan.

I am not too sure is there is many animal free eaters at my school, but I always try to help people in food tech that are not used to cooking vegetarian and when they are not sure what to do.

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In my food tech class I have noticed that when we make something vegan everyone that doesn’t eat animal free always say how nice the vegan food is.

Being vegan at school can be a challenge but nothing that can’t be overcome. If you are vegan and at school maybe you would like to share with us how you manage and if you have support or friends that vegan as well.

Leave a comment and let us know what you do for managing school and being vegan.

Em.

 

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32 thoughts on “What is it like being Vegan at School

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  2. I’ve always wanted to go Vegan, but I find that it’s harder to convince those around you to help or support it, than it is to actually go completely meat free.

  3. My friends at uni are vegan and our college is good in that it does cater for vegans but bad in that the options available often look disgusting! Definitely a good idea to bring your own food!

  4. I had a vegan series on my blog that you might like called LaNoire’s Vegan kitchen -- she gave me some awesome recipes to try with the kids. I wanted to promote the vegan lifestyle as an alternative choice that is healthy and positive -- I’m not vegan, not even vegetarian, but having been blogging and working with mum groups I got so fed up of seeing people say “my kids don’t want to eat meat/animals products but it’s not good for them when they are growing, what do I do?”. I wanted to show you can be healthy and have a fulfilling diet and be vegan! H x

  5. It must be very tricky being vegan and in school. None of us are, although my teen daughter and I are virtually vegetarian and that is tricky enough! Kaz x

  6. I don’t have experience of being vegan but my daughters dad is a vegan, he had a lot of difficulty at school with being able to eat and now does at work events where everything is catered. He always has to bring his own food, there’s only ever a vegetarian option and that option always has cheese in which is non removable. I think its wrong that in today’s society there aren’t a lot more vegan options available x

  7. I was vegetarian for many many years, even in high school and the food was very limited to what I could have back then.
    It was either chips or pizza. Not appealing after years of eating it.
    I ended up taking packed lunches and full of fruit and veg, there wasn’t a lot of veggie alternatives them days.
    I couldn’t imagine how much harder it is being vegan, especially as 99% of the foods contain animal byproducts

  8. I’ve recently become vegetarian, with the view to move over to vegan
    If I went in and went cold turkey I would never stick to it so have gone the “slow way”

    Good for you for being vegan, it’s a shame how it’s not so well accepted in society!

  9. It must be pretty hard starting out as a vegan but it’s nice once you learn how to manage your food etc and you can teach others too

  10. Being vegan at school and places with limited food choices for you must be tough. Well done for sticking to something you believe in!

  11. I think good on you for doing what you want to do. I can imagine that it can be tricky at school to be vegan. Especially when some people really don’t GET IT. I wish I could do it myself, though I would probably be vegetarian rather than vegan. But I just don’t have it in me to skip out a lot of foods I eat.

  12. I can imagine how hard it must be being a vegan at school- I’m trying to think back to when I was at school and wondering if it would even have been possible..!

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