Over the years, I have slowly become more and more interested in and cognizant of my health, the things that I put into my body, and the way that it affects my everyday functioning. Although I became a vegetarian about six years ago when I began as an undergraduate at Columbia University (mostly for ethical/environmental reasons), it was only four years ago when I realized how important it is to make sure that no matter what my eating preference–vegan, omnivore, vegetarian–I must eat to heal. That year, I was working a vigorous 7:00-6:00+ job–which led to stress eating and persistent sickness. At the same time, someone very close to me was fighting a life-threatening illness. I knew that improper eating was a culprit of the health problems that surrounded me, but for some reason, I couldn’t stop.
It was in my workplace that I met a wonderful woman and friend who taught me how eating properly can change our bodies. When she saw me suffering from chronic sinus infections, she challenged me to skip out on my third round of antibiotics and instead cut out sugar, wheat, and eat herbs and foods that have healing properties. It was hell for the first couple of weeks. My body missed wheat thins and teddy grahams. But she pushed me to stick with it and fend off the addiction. Eventually, I saw my vitiligo (you can read more about that here) clear up and stopped feeling the persistent stomach aches and sinus infections that had seemed ordinary to me. It was like putting on glasses for the first time–I didn’t know that I could experience the world in this way. I became passionate about spreading the word to my family and loved ones.
I’ve since left the stressful workplace and am about to graduate from Law School, where I am pursuing a career in public interest law. I created this blog as a way to inform anyone–vegan, vegetarian, omnivore–who wants to learn about eating properly and the issues that surround healthy eating in the United States.
I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing! Feel free to get in touch with me at legallyvegan624[at]gmail[dot]com.