Hello! My name is Emmy, and I am a first year student at Orchard Commons. I am from San Diego, California. I have a dog at home, and I love marvelling at all the squirrels and birds at UBC, because I have a deep love for animals!

Most of you know I’m vegan since I proudly wear my vegan sweatshirt with words like “nonviolence” and “compassion” on it. I wear it because I want to spread awareness about how eating a vegan diet can truly make a meaningful impact in our world.

I became vegan because my values of kindness and respect for all life do not align with eating dead animals. Additionally, there are many other health and environmental reasons to follow a plant-based lifestyle. Becoming vegan is the most empowering decision I have ever made.

I wrote a sheet full of fun facts and reasons to go vegan, so if you ever see me, I’d be more than happy to talk about it. Here are two big ones:

  • 30% of all our global land is deforested and 70% of our fresh water is used for the meat industry (it takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef)!
  • More greenhouses gases (such as methane) come from the meat industry than the whole transportation sector combined!

Eating a vegan diet can positively change our world, and we are so lucky to be here at UBC because there are a tremendous number of vegan options. Every single day I am excited to try something new! There are such good vegan soups, beans, Thai tofu bowls, lentil burgers and I can go on and on, but my hope is you will check it out yourself – just look around – it’s so easy to find a nutritional and tasty vegan dish!

In fact, if you buy nine vegetarian dishes in residence dining rooms, your tenth one is free – what an incentive! Just ask the cashiers for a stamp card. Also, if you have a sweet tooth, there are vegan desserts at the residences like cookies, and I especially love the carrot cake at Orchard Commons.

Around campus, there are so many vegan options: Delicious curries at Seedlings Cafe, burritos at The Loop Café, and if you head to the JJ Bean in Central there is a whole variety of vegan muffins like pumpkin apple! In Wesbrook Village, Virtuous Pie will be opening very soon, which will serve vegan pizza and ice cream – yum!

My point is, if you’re ready to try plant-based eating, UBC is the place to be, because there are options everywhere. Most of all, have fun with all this food you’re about to try! The environment will thank you, your health will thank you, animals will thank you, and of course, your taste buds will thank you!

And now, I must thank UBC, for being so open and supportive to the vegan lifestyle and for caring so much about sustainability! Whenever you’re feeling discouraged, look around and feel a burst of gratitude as you realize that you’re here at UBC – a world full of possibility!

Other posts you’ll love!

Powerful Goal Setting and a Healthy Start to 2018

While New Year’s resolutions are the norm, it’s actually much more powerful to set well thought-out goals for the year. Research has shown that more than half of adults make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10% actually stick with their resolutions for more than a few months.

read more

3 Tips for a Healthy Start to the New Year

If you’re like me, some of your goals for 2018 may have to do with nutrition and healthy eating habits. Making sustainable changes to your eating habits will not only improve your overall nutrition, but also stabilize your energy levels and give your body and mind the strength to take on any challenges the year throws at you.

read more

Chef David’s Ultimate Veggie Burger

Over lunch one day in early November, Chef David took over the Square Meal station in Open Kitchen to serve up a delicious vegetarian/vegan menu. Here’s the recipe for the Ultimate Veggie Burger, featuring UBC Farm beets, crispy yams and smashed avocado lime tahini dressing on a soft brioche bun.

read more

Should I Take Vitamins and Supplements?

While most people will get the vitamins and minerals their bodies needs to function well from eating a balanced diet, certain people have specific supplement needs based on their age, life stage, or dietary preferences.

read more