I have been a vegan for about a month now, after previous failed attempts. I really want to remain vegan, but I am struggling so much.
I am generally a person in poor health. I understand that this is not because I am vegan; in fact, I have been this way since I was a small child, years before I became vegetarian. I have always been very susceptible to illness, and once ill, I stay ill for a long time.
Right now is unfortunately one of those times. I have been sick for a few weeks, with something presumably serious, as my blood work shows a low white blood cell count.
Currently, I am a college student with a dining plan. A broke college student at that. I'm only allowed to work ten hours a week on campus, and I pay my own cell bill, and receive no help from anyone else.
I'm giving all of this background information because it's relevant to my dilemma. As a student who eats only in the dining halls, and has little money to supplement her diet with store-bought foods, I'm struggling a lot. Because I am so sick that I can barely move or stay awake (it's a lot like mono, which I was in fact tested for, but it came back negative), it's hard to concentrate and make appropriate decisions.
I also feel that I may not getting proper nutrition, as things stand right now. I have tried to contact my dining hall managers to have them include new foods, but they always serve cold, brown rice and some miscellaneous, really bad dish. And then, of course, there's the salad bar.
I guess, what I'm saying is, I find my options really lacking, and am concerned about my intake. I am not saying by any means that veganism is making me sick. But I also recognize the importance of getting nutrition to recover from whatever I have.
Can anyone help me with ideas of things I can make in the dining halls? I make pizza muffins sometimes with the English muffins they have, marinara sauce, and tomatoes. There's a microwave, miscellaneous breads and vegetables, the aforementioned salad bar, and just a few fruits.
I apologize if this came off scattered; it's very difficult to think in this state. I just need any advice I can get to help me stay vegan, because it's getting harder every day, under the circumstances, when it should be getting EASIER.