The not so secret life of a college herbivore*

Is it possible to be a non-meat eater in college? Some people would say yes. Here are some tips and tricks to being a vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian at Loyola *Yes, we’re aware that pescatarians are not herbivores

Sidney Holmes


Veganism is a diet that abstains from the use of animal products. Not only do vegans not eat meat, but they also don’t eat animal by-products, which includes dairy and eggs. A vegan diet is heavily based on fruits
and vegetables.

Hana Borhani, music industry junior, said that she became a vegan after watching a documentary called “Earthlings,” which is about meat and dairy industries and how they treat

“It’s hypocritical to say you love animals when you are fully supporting the exploitation and abuse of them by using animal products,” Borhani said.

While difficult, Borhani said it’s possible to eat out as a vegan, and her favorite place to go eat is Satsuma.

“I always get their Popeye juice; it’s fresh and pressed daily. It has spinach, apple, kale and lemon,” Borhani said. “To eat, I order the green breakfast sandwich, and I just ask for no egg
and cheese.”

However, living on campus as a vegan, according to Borhani, can be more of a challenge because of their limited options.

“The OR doesn’t really ever have any vegan options; it’s sad,” Borhani said.

Borhani advises people considering veganism to meal prep and buy frozen fruits and vegetables.

“They’re cheap and last a long time, which will save you money in the long run,” Borhani said.

When it comes to eating out, Borhani said to always check the menu before you go.

“Sometimes, I will order a soup or salad and then look at the side dishes and create a meal out of that. It’s not very hard, and it’s fun to see what I can come up with,” Borhani said.


Vegetarianism is a diet that avoids the consumption of meat. There are many different forms of vegetarianism, but the standard vegetarian doesn’t eat red meat, poultry or seafood and is allowed to eat dairy products and eggs.

Emilie Blecker, Tulane freshman, said that she became a vegetarian 3 years ago after one of her best friends decided to become a vegetarian.

“I had always cared for animals, so she inspired me. We did it together,” Blecker said.

For Blecker, she said it’s not hard to find vegetarian options when she eats out, and when she does, she prefers the pizza at Domenica.

At Tulane, Blecker said that Bruff doesn’t have very many diverse options for food.

“Bruff is pretty repetitive. I don’t think that’s just for vegetarian options; it’s like that for everyone,” Blecker said.

She said that she prefers to go to the Orleans Room because of the vegetarian section and that she enjoys how there is a new option every day.

Blecker said that being a vegetarian is possible for any college student because her diet is not as extreme as people think it is. Basic college essentials like pizza, macaroni and cheese and ramen can be vegetarian, according to Blecker.

“Everything that you eat can be vegetarian,” Blecker said. “People have expectations that it’s hard, but just try it for a week and see how it goes,” Blecker said.


Pescatarianism is a form of vegetarianism that includes the consumption of seafood. Like vegetarians, pescatarians don’t eat red meat or poultry. Many pescatarians also eat dairy products and eggs.

Caitlin Vanderwolf, English literature senior, said she became a pescatarian her junior year of high school.

“I stayed a pescatarian because I did a lot of research about the horrors of factory farming,” Vanderwolf said.

Vanderwolf said that she likes to eat at Vietnamese restaurants when she goes out to eat. Not only are there many fish options, but the vegetables and spicy food are also enjoyable.

Because Loyola is in a city known for its seafood and the OR tries to offer a variety of seafood options, Vanderwolf said it is very possible for a pescatarian to eat well in college.

To the people who say that non-meat eaters don’t get enough protein, Vanderwolf said that is not true. There is a variety of foods that are all filled with protein.

“You can eat peanut butter, nuts, hummus, beans, quinoa, eggs, string cheese, [etc.],” Vanderwolf said.