A number of folks transition to and from veganism for health reasons. In fact, health becomes a major battle ground between the omni and the vegan. I was never a health-vegan myself, because I don’t care that much for my own body in that way. But I am amazed at how this battle seems to wage forever, with no clear winner in sight (but each side wholeheartedly believes they are right).
But the arguments aren’t really about the health of individuals, no all human bodies are used as pieces in a fight for scientific narrative control.
Meat-eaters will talk your ear off about proteins and B12 and iron. They’re convinced that vegans are anemic, insane, 90lb weaklings.
Vegans counter with talk of how flesh and secretion eaters are basically walking sacks of diabetes and cancer, and a well-balanced vegan diet has all the nutrients a body needs.
Everyone becomes upset when one of their own switches to the other side. They’ll throw study after study at a person, because science says they don’t know what makes them healthy.
I’m not a firm believer in science. And even if I was, folks are drawing crazy conclusions from different studies and not thinking critically about how the armaments for both side are flawed. Certain herbivorous diets can be healthy. Certain omnivorous diets can be healthy.
But vegans and omnivores have to stop playing the placebo/brainwashing card when folks claim they feel better from switching. If an ex-vegan claims to feel better after eating animals, who am I to claim they aren’t actually healthier. If a new vegan says they feel healthier, who am I to doubt how well they know their own bodies?