Originally Posted by Nabusman
I've had the same experience, I became vegan straight from being a meat eater. Did it for little under a year. I felt no difference in mental clarity, physical energy, or immunity. I became a vegan specifically for those reasons; I concluded that it affects certain people in different ways and dropped the whole idea. I went back to meat eating about 4 months ago.
Same here. After reading Steve and Erin's posts about veganism, I decided to give veganism a try earlier this year. I was 100% strict for about two months. I started at a point where I really didn't eat much dairy and stuck pretty much to chicken and turkey and sometimes beef.
I guess I expected amazing results - a major boost in energy, mental clarity, etc. But, after two months, I received no benefit as far as I could feel. In fact I recall becoming very lethargic and depressed. So I was pretty disappointed. I just expected much better results.
Then I got into Furman's book about eating a pound of raw greens and a pound of cooked per day. A pound of raw greens is a ton of food! This became very unappealing to me after a few weeks. I still can't bear to eat salad that often. Most salad seems half rotten by the time of purchase so I had to eat it up right away and go to the grocery store all the time. This way of eating was severely unappealing and inconvenient for me.
So now I just listen to my body and eat as reasonably as I possibly can and work out regularly. For me that means eating meat. While I'm concerned with the spiritual and environmental aspects of this, I don't believe eating meat is universally "wrong." I've seen a lot of statements about meat eaters being "walking graveyards" for dead animals, that meat is murder, cancerous, rotting, etc. I adopted these beliefs for the time I was vegan and found them extremely disempowering for me. To me veganism is "software" one can "install" and keep if one finds that empowering for them (to use Steve's terminology). I just happened to find that quite the opposite was true for me.