Banking Turned Me Vegan: The Mental Health Component

In addition to the energy boost—was an increased sense of self and autonomy, which fulfilled my working days in unimagined ways.

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As you found out in my last article, investment banking turned me vegan. I was originally looking for an energy boost, but what I found—in addition to the energy boost—was an increased sense of self and autonomy, which fulfilled my working days in unimagined ways.

You see, my job was, and still is, the core focus of my life. Everything I do during the day, every decision I make, is informed by my job and the simple calculation of whether or not my actions benefit my career and daily work product. I am sure you can relate. Think about how your core focus—be it your job, school, a relationship, family, your kids—informs most of the decisions that you make on a daily basis.

In today’s age, we pour ourselves into our core focuses, and by doing so we often miss out on daily opportunities to live in alignment with core beliefs. I am not saying this is a bad thing; of course I want to be the best employee possible. Of course you want to be the best business person, employee, student partner, or parent that you can be.

Turning vegan was a simple action that I took, that allowed me to regain autonomy and carve out time in my busy day to act on my beliefs. It presented me with three opportunities during the day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), where I was able to make decisions completely free from my core focus. These decisions were determined by nothing more than my own core values and beliefs.

When you do something that it is in-line with your passions, beliefs, and values, you feel this warmth. You feel accomplished. Changing to a plant-based diet afforded me small opportunities to make decisions to benefit my day, that made me feel good, and did not interfere with my core focus.

If anything, it made me feel better and look better, and at the end of the day, perform better in my job because my overall mindset shifted in a positive direction.

Give it a try, see how purposeful eating impacts your day, your mood, and your performance in your core focus. I bet that you will see nothing but positive results. Share in the comments below!

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