Investment Banking Turned Me Vegan

Yes, you read that correctly.

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Yes, you read that correctly. An industry where closing dinners at a steakhouse are commonplace drove me to become a plant-based eater.

How? You ask. Let me set the scene for you. For years, I was a “I’ll have extra-chicken in that bowl” type carnivore. Chicken, or eggs, or steak was on my plate at every meal. I continued this type of eating well into my time as an investment banker. But as the work hours lengthened and the work grew more demanding, my energy started draining. I could no longer just push through it.

I did what any normal person would do, and Googled: How does diet impacted energy? And I kept coming across articles that said to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and, to my surprise, to drop dairy and to drop meat. So I did. I said to myself, “I’ll give it a week. You can do anything for a week.” I traded my chicken for tofu, and my turkey for tempeh, and I felt so good that that my one week time trial has now lasted a year.

The next time you have a big pitch, or a long night of work ahead and want an extra boost, try dropping the meat and dairy. You’ll have more energy because:

  1. Plant foods take less energy to digest than meat-based
  2. Plant-based foods help keep you hydrated
  3. Plants are full of all of the essential amino acids and vitamins to support body function

Interested in giving it a try? Please like, share, or comment on your experience giving up meat and dairy. It can be a meal, day, week or even longer, but why not try to gain any competitive advantage that you can?

What I’m digging right now:

  1. Tofu bowl at Digg Inn with rice, kale, tofu, and avocado (Boston, NYC) @DigInn
  2. Tempeh rueben sandwich at Kaffe 1668 (NYC) @Kaffe1668
  3. Sofritas bowl at Chipotle with sofritas, lettuce, rice, fajitas, corn, all three salsas, and guac (nation-wide) @Chipolte

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