Grape Nuts wrote:
[...] People always chime in with stories about how they were vegan for 5 years, started eating meat again, and felt much better. [...] Seems like a lot of people become vegan thinking it is an easy sure fire way to lose weight. [...] Talk me off the ledge...
I've been Vegan for 13 years & never went back, so I can't say much there. I don't regret it one bit, and quite the opposite, I feel spiritually/mentally better for it everyday. Physically, I didn't exactly notice a change, but I'm convinced it is because I'm a health freak too. *I* did my homework before going Vegan, I read up on health related issues regularly. I didn't watch oprah & just cut meat/eggs/dairy out lol like I can only imagine many have.
Beyond not getting all your nutrients, a few things that might be relevant to supposed Vegans (there is a difference between being Vegan and just following a plant-based diet) suddenly feeling better when they quit are blood type & food sensitivities. A good chunk of people are type O, and if anyone feels better eating meat it is them. However, with that being said, that doesn't mean they HAVE to. In fact, I believe there was a website (might still be) for blood type O Veg/ans lol. If people would focus on eating many foods that are highly beneficial for them, it might make all the difference, and they don't have to quit being Vegan.
Keeping a log for over a month of your foods & if you feel bad, with the times they occur, can really help pinpoint sensitivities. It could also be that they have a gluten intolerance (iirc, type O's should avoid wheat), yet that's all they ate while their diet was plant-based. I'm very hesitant when I get asked what I eat as a Vegan; we're all so different that everyone's Vegan menu will be unique to them.