I Never Expected I’d Go Vegan

By Catie Flatley

Five years ago I took a trip to my doctor’s office after mysteriously collapsing in the middle of a high school lacrosse game. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, which meant I had a high fasting blood sugar and was on the edge of becoming a full-time diabetic. Discovering that I had this was a complete shock to me. I had always been an athlete and I rarely ate junk food or drank soda.

With all of this not making any sense to me, I chose not to rely immediately on medications. I did some reading and tried taking a few supplements like chromium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and a lot of cinnamon. These helped somewhat, but didn’t lower my A1C (an average blood glucose level over three months) at the rate I had hoped it would.

I still believed that I could beat diabetes without the help of a doctor’s prescription, so I did some more research and found that the fats in animal products prevent the body from fully utilizing the insulin it produces. I chose to change my diet— I eliminated all animal products and became a vegan.  It was a hard transition, but it worked. On a typical day before this diet, my fasting blood sugar would sit around 150. Today, it doesn’t go above 100, which is a normal, healthy place to be at.

I was able to make the most of my surprising diagnosis. I learned so much about this different lifestyle and myself just by making a few changes. At first, finding alternatives for protein, milk and eggs was difficult, but I was able to improvise and came across other foods that can take their places. I was eating more kale, lentils, nut milks, and chia seeds than what my body was used to, but I was feeling much better.

The discovery of my health problem led me to a path I didn’t expect to go down. I chose to do some simple research before going on a medication that posed the possibility of giving me more health issues. Following a vegan diet is not for everyone, but it can be an alternative way for others to get back on their feet and to lead a healthy life.

My Story Of Conquering A Fear: Ginnie Springs Edition

By Natasha Zapata

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So I’m pretty much afraid of everything in the water. Ocean, lake, or river water, I don’t mess with. Now that I think of it, I get pretty anxious about anything that isn’t a cat or a dog. I’m not sure where this fear came from, but it’s definitely gotten worse throughout the years.

I used to be able to swim in lakes and in beaches, and then a couple of years ago I saw a jellyfish on the shore and thought, “What if I had been in the water while the jellyfish was?” Realizing that there was a possibility of that happening, I haven’t been in beach water since.

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Becoming Comfortable With The Haitian Culture

By Alison Eckerle

If youre looking to get out of your comfort zone, I would definitely suggest going to a third world country.

Yes, I know its unconventional.

I spent my spring break this year in Haiti. And it was the most comfortable uncomfortable thing Ive ever done.

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