I don't know if veganism is the healthiest option for me. I have never personally met a vegan who seemed healthy. I remember speaking to a veganism proponent on Santa Monica pier who was selling books about the greater physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of the vegan lifestyle. I listened to the guy politely as he orated enthusiastically about the greatness of veganism, but the entire time I thought he looked like he was terribly sick. His skin was waxen and flaky, his bones clearly visible beneath the unhealthily translucent flesh, and his hair thinning in a way that suggested chronic ill health. I've seen, without exaggeration, people with end-stage cancer who looked healthier than him.
The second vegan I met looked okay, but he had the baddest gas I ever knew. Seriously, I had to canvass with this guy and it was murder to share a vehicle with him. It was like his intestines were tearing themselves apart.
I never met any more vegans after him, but I heard that Sandra Oh of "Grey's Anatomy" is a vegan. She looks okay, gorgeous actually with great skin and just skinny enough to be fashionable yet not deathly. Still, I've never smelled her. I don't know if she caused great discomfort to her co-stars with awful flatulence.
Unfortunately I'm been a lousy vegan so far. It's not because I have urges. Chocolate soy milk has been my savior there!
I hate doing that so I often just eat the roast beef sandwich my client's daughter (or whomever) offers me.
Another downfall for me is the chocolate chip cookie or the toasted bagel with cream cheese. One of the greatest pleasures for me is taking my son to a cafe and getting him a cookie or a bagel. Usually the baked treat is too big for him to eat alone so I help him a bit. After adopting veganism I have to forgo that ... and that makes me sad. That nostalgia and politeness towards food-offerers is what has gotten me falling of the wagon. Sigh.
I think I've started veganism because I want to see if I could stick to it. I want to see if I have the moral fortitude to stick to a difficult diet. Can I pull it off??