I have a rather urgent issue on which I would enjoy hearing your thoughts.
I've been a vegan for about 2 years. My circumstances until recently have made it really easy to be a vegan. I lived alone, I was at home all day and I never went out eating.
Here's the problem: My circumstances have changed dramatically. I get up at 5 am, commute 2 hours to where I study, stay there until 7 pm and commute back home, which gives me about 1 hour of 'rest' a day.
I go to a small secluded campus, which has a cafeteria that only has two options: omnivore, vegetarian (most of the vegetarian dishes cannot be made vegan) and a basic salad. There are no other options within walking distance.
The salad doesn't cut it energy wise and I barely have time to make food at home. Eating PB&J or other sandwiches 5 times a week as a main form of sustinence probably isn't too healthy of an option either. And I'm the only vegan there, so getting them to introduce a third, vegan, option is out of the question.
Going out with family and friends has also nearly ceased because I rarely find anything vegan on the menu and just getting a salad or steamed veggies for the 2e423 time is both depressing for me and them.
So I was wondering what you guys thought of being vegetarian for practical reasons. I still am a vegan at heart and still refuse to be leather, non-vegan cosmetic and hygiene products, and would be eating vegan whenever possible (either when by myself or when a vegan option is available). Being able not to starve 5 times a week would be a giant leap in convenience and I honestly hate being a burdon on people (when visiting others).