One major contribution to going into Lyme Disease remission was changing my diet to vegan. At a young age, I was not able to eat fish nor pork. Then in college, I was unable to digest beef, eggs and chicken. I decided to listen to my body’s reactions and not force myself to eat the animal protein sources. So, I stopped eating meat, animal by animal. And eventually I went cold turkey, pun-intended. My first month of going complete vegan immediately transformed my health. I gained more energy and strength, and my migraines began to lessen. My endometriosis began to be more tolerable throughout the month cycle. I noticed the way I was writing and reading and comprehending became more clear and concise. I noticed my ability to work longer hours academically and physically increased. And I noticed my awareness of animal empathy heightened. I became empowered changing my diet for my health and the rights of animals. The more I researched into being a vegan, the more I learned about the numerous benefits for health and environment. It was truly a life transformation that I am grateful for every day.

In regards to my academic life, I noticed my gpa starting to rise, and test and essay scores become higher. I noticed that I had the capability to memorize and retain more knowledge. I believe this contributed to making this life transition. Changing one’s diet, changes one’s life. It not only affects the area of physical health, but also every other area, including mental health and academic performance. When one is living a healthy lifestyle, they can contribute more to the world around them. Eating a plant-based diet has helped me bounce back quicker during moments of anxiety and times of depression. Because of this, I am able to consistently focus on school and succeeding at my goals.

While I study, I usually have vegan friendly snacks available. I am also gluten free, so my diet becomes more restricted. Healthy snacks I enjoy while prepping for a test or researching for an essay include: celery with pure grounded almond butter, mixed greens with various veggies, brown rice, quinoa and broccoli, acai bowls, dragon fruit bowls, Go Macro protein bars, and hummus and baked potato chips.

Switching to a vegan lifestyle for me was not difficult, because I did the transition of eliminating animal proteins out of my diet very slowly. I have officially been a vegan for 1 year and 2 months. If anyone has been curious about the diet or considering transitioning themselves, I recommend going to your doctor and getting a full micronutrient blood panel to know which vitamins and minerals you are lacking in, so you can properly supplement while you make the transition. I also recommend doing your research, reading different vegan informational books or listening to podcasts about people’s experiences. Each person’s body type is unique to their biochemical makeup, so it’s important to know what your body is trying to tell you. And by knowing this, your body reveals to you what it can handle and what it cannot with elimination diets, and trial and error with different foods. It brings me more fulfillment and joy, knowing that I am not harming animals when I eat my meals.

 

Tips to enhancing your academic life in regards to food:

  • Meal-prepping is a fabulous way to save time and money. We as students have busy schedules that sometimes most forget to even eat a meal. Which skipping meals is not healthy, nor productive to one’s brain power. I have found it so helpful to meal prep and cut all my veggies in one to two days a week, so that each day has meals ready to be eaten. And on those long study nights, I am able to quickly prepare healthy vegan snacks to keep me focused on learning the material.
  • Foods that help enhance your brain include: whole grains-helps memory and focus, seeds-improves mood and brain functionality, red cabbage-powerful antioxidants to rid yourself of brain fog, spinach-increases memory and concentration, avocados-helps boost brain development, nuts-balances serotonin levels and boosts mood, and berries-boost brain functionality.
  • Incorporating certain herbs and spices into your meals help stimulate the brain as well. Always consult a doctor before adding herbs, as some herbs interact with medications and certain diseases. But once you consult a doctor, the benefits of the herbs and roots will help increase your brain function and health immensely.

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