Story written by Micah Karr, Dailyflipz Health Reporter
FAIRBORN, Ohio --- When someone says “vegan,” what comes to mind?
For some people, going vegan is purely a dietary choice, but for others, their entire lifestyle revolves around no animal products whatsoever, such as not wearing leather or carrying leather accessories, not wearing fur, and not wearing reptile skin.
Why Go Vegan?
For some, veganism is a natural next step after going vegetarian. For example, Matt Fraizer, who writes the blog nomeatathlete.com, “I’ve tried it twice before, each time for 30 days. By the end of both trials, I found myself sprinting to the nearest Domino’s for a slice of greasy pizza,” he wrote. But a comment on one of his posts changed his mind.
The comment, from a user named “Yoga Gurl,” detailed cruel practices in the dairy industry. “For me time time, the change isn’t about health,” Fraizer wrote, “Instead, this change is about animals.”
There are a myriad of websites about reasons to go vegan due animal cruelty, most of which also feature advice on how to go vegan, vegetarian, recipes for vegan food, or where to find vegan food.
How Do I Go Vegan?
To go vegan, someone does not consume or use any animal products at all. This includes meat, as well as dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, and eggs. Honey is also not vegan. Along with food products from animals, most vegans do not wear wool, leather, or use any products that are tested on animals.
However, it is a slow process. “You won't just wake up one morning magically vegan,” wrote Aleisha Fetters in her article “12 Things You Need to Know Before Going Vegan.” Fetters writes that “your friends and family will ask a lot of questions,” and Fraizer says “the jokes will never stop,” but taking the questions and jokes in stride will make everyone more comfortable.
What vegan food is there on Wright State’s campus?
Union Market (Student Union):
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Garden Salad is vegan, however, one must be careful with some salad dressing, as not all salad dressing is vegan. The garden salad is $1.39. However, the salad does not contain protein-rich food, so finding additional sources of protein is important. Additionally, Grill Nation’s veggie burger is vegan. If someone uses a meal plan, such as Wrightswipes, dining dollars, or Raidercash, the veggie burger is $6.50.
Tim Hortons (Student Union):
7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tim Hortons’ Homestyle Oatmeal is vegan, as well as their hash browns. Their tea, frozen lemonade, and fountain drinks are also vegan. Additionally, their bagels, without cream cheese, are vegan, however their donuts are not.
The Hangar (Allyn Hall):
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Den’s Veggie mashup burger is vegan if it is eaten without mayonnaise. Their veggie mashup wrap is also vegan if eating without cheese. The burger is cheaper, at $4.99. Most of the Den’s “Marvelous Munchies,” aside from chicken strips and mozzarella sticks, are vegan, as is their fruit salad. The cheapest “munchies,” are the french fries, at $1.99.
Espresso Lane (Russ Engineering):
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fresh fruit is vegan, as well as their bagels without cream cheese. Most soft drinks are vegan as wel.
Starbucks in the Library:
7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
All Starbucks drinks can be made with coconut milk, which is vegan.
Rey Rey Café (Rike Hall):
7:30am - 5:00pm
Pretzels and hummus are vegan, as well as fruit and chips. Their sandwiches are not vegan, however, as the majority of them contain meat.
You can follow plenty of vegan-friendly Twitter accounts to help you learn about being a vegan as well as fun, new recipes to try! Vegan Outreach is just one of many!
Wright State's dining website has the meal schedule for each dining area on campus and it is broken down to tell students exactly what food items are vegan! Check it out here
Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney