Herbivores on Campus

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Zoey Hamsayeh '19 and Catherine Walswick '18 get together to share their vegan lunches.

Zoey Hamsayeh '19 and Catherine Walswick '18 get together to share their vegan lunches.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Shank '18

Photo Credit: Lindsey Shank '18

Zoey Hamsayeh '19 and Catherine Walswick '18 get together to share their vegan lunches.

Clarissa Arias and Lindsey Shank

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Multiple students on the Rosary campus choose to stay away from meat and animal products. This is called being vegan or eating a plant-based diet. While the majority of the Rosary community indulges in the consumption of dairy and meat products, the vegan minority is proud to share their insights on the benefits of being vegan. Some Rosary students who partake in this lifestyle were asked about their experiences being vegan. These Rosary students include senior Catherine Walswick ’18 and junior Zoey Hamsayeh ’19.

Catherine grew up butchering animals with her uncle and used to be a long-time omnivore. She became interested in the health benefits and environmental advantages of a vegan diet, and has since been vegan for a little over a month. Zoey has been vegan for quite a while longer than Catherine, but is just as excited to cook new foods and learn new aspects of a plant-based diet.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Shank
Alex Galvan enjoys learning about veganism from her friends Catherine and Zoey. She has even tried the diet out herself.

RR: What inspired you to cut out animal products?

CW: Well, I thought about it for a while, and then I watched the documentary “What The Health.” It had a lot of cool information about health, a plant-based vegan diet, and the impact of corporations on the overall american eating culture that enlightened me and inspired me to try a vegan diet.

ZH: The amount of pollution and water waste that goes towards the mass production of animals is very detrimental to our Earth.

RR: What is the hardest part of a plant-based diet?

CW: For me, the hardest part is not eating fish, because before going vegan, poke and sushi were my favorite things to eat.

ZH: Honestly, the hardest part about being vegan is automatically being put into a stereotype that you push your views on others and you are a hippie.

Catherine also explained that seeing sushi on her friend’s snapchat stories is hard, but she is staying disciplined with her plant-based diet.

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Carina Zavala ’18 holding up some of her vegan lunch. Ask her about her tofurky!

RR: What is your favorite vegan meal?

CW: I really like acai bowls and smoothies.

ZH: Oh, my favorite is vegan mac n’ cheese.

RR: What are some of the benefits of being vegan?

CW: Some of the benefits of being vegan are you eat a lot of vegetables, which is good for your body. Plus, you have a lot of energy and feel really light.

ZH: You just feel better about what you are eating and generally become aware of what you are putting into your body.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Shank
Gabby Graves ’18 is a pescetarian, so she does not eat any red meat or chicken. Pescetarianism is similar to the vegan life style; a cousin to the plant-based diet.

A plant-based diet might be foreign to the majority of girls on campus, but it has made a great impact on the girls who participate in this lifestyle. Not eating meat is linked to a lower risk of heart disease. This and other benefits have motivated a growing community who wish to live a long and healthy life.

If interested, copy the link below and learn more about a vegan and plant-based diet from the popular @earthyandy.

http://www.earthyandy.com/

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  1. catherine walswick on May 10th, 2018 1:36 pm

    cute!

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