:) Do you ever met a vegan who is fit, active, happy smiling,m healthy, thoughtful, lovely carefull.and satisfied and overall happy. How does he lives? And what does he do?
I don't know but it looks like the vegetarians are a very satisfied bunch.
Actually I spent last Saturday in a raw vegan cooking class and they were lovely. Some looked incredibly healthy and happy. Some looked like crap. Kinda like what I saw at AHS, lol.
Got a buddy who has been a strict 100% raw vegan for years.. owns a raw food cafe and is an avid runner/ running coach... he's happy and I think it works well for him. (BUT.. raw food folks don't eat dairy or much grian at all) so vegan isn't too far off from paleo in some ways.
As a dentist I see the results of various diets in ways that others cannot. My question is simply, "How are their teeth?" I remember back when I was macrobiotic, many of the folks complained about periodontal disease or other problems. I personally suffered from a dental abscess during that period. Of course, macro isn't raw food, and admittedly I don't have any patients that I know of who eat all raw, but I do see vegans, and their teeth do not fare well. (Often we end up bidding farewell to their teeth).
I have met a lot of very nice, happy, healthy, moderate vegans in my day.
I have had two good friends for 12 years, brother and sister, who have been strict vegan for 10 and 6 years respectively. They live on fruits, veggies, nuts, grains and high-protein vegan foods. Both have beautiful skin, thick hair, and lots of energy. Both are active (running, yoga, weights, outdoor activities). They are both truly lovely and sweet people, and ethical vegans, so they do not preach to me about my lifestyle being unhealthy... they are quite open to the idea of paleo. They just don't care what is optimal health-wise, they want to sacrifice themselves for the sake of animals. I went through my own phases with this, but minimizing animal products in my diet (I've been vegetarian and dabbled in veganism) made me so ill it's just not an option.
The man is a bit too thin for my taste but looks healthy enough... lean too. He recently donated a kidney, recovered from the surgery very well. He is a bigshot lawyer making high six figures, he lives extremely frugally and donates a lot of money to charities, and he plans on saving up millions of dollars by his mid-30s and then devoting his life to more worthwhile causes.
The woman has a lot of emotional/mental health issues, but that has been the case almost her entire life (she gave up meat at about age 12, became vegan age 20). My theory is that eating better would help that, of course. She is not currently taking medications though and is doing all right. She is very beautiful and fairly slim but does struggle a bit with higher body fat which she does not like. She eats low fat (despite my suggestions) and about as high in protein as a vegan can. She is currently getting her Masters in nutrition (haha) and teaches yoga. The only thing that worries me is that she stopped taking the pill after years a few months ago, and she has yet to have a menstrual cycle. I keep on trying to make her promise that if she doesn't become fertile within a year, she has to eat some pastured eggs every week. She really wants children in the future so I think if her fertility is in jeopardy, she might go back on her 'ideals'.
I actually live in the same town as the Boutenko family, and while I do not think Victoria Boutenko seems at all healthy, her two young adult children are glowing, fit, and always seem happy and energetic ...my homeopathy teacher and her husband were not the healthiest people I had ever seen when simply vegan, but when they went raw, they really became radiant. They are two of the truly happiest people I have ever known. That said, I've known too many unhealthy and unhappy vegans to count, including myself over a decade ago.
Hi. I am a happy and healthy vegan.
I try to be reasonable in my thinking and not allow myself to stew over things I can't control. And I try to maintain balance in my life between different things that bring me satisfaction. This helps me be happy.
Some experiments I've started in the past year are working out using the McGuff Body by Science protocol (I love it) and I relatively recently started the Shangri-La diet using flax oil. It seems to be working.
Non-scientifically, I have to say that while I have met more than one apparently happy and healthy vegan, a greater percentage seem to be grumpy, pasty, and eager to lay a guilt-trip. That could-- absolutely-- just be a statistical artifact from my sample size.
Also, perhaps, the healthy and happy vegans are the ones that are less likely to wear their veganism on their sleeves, or make it a huge part of their personal identity. Religion, it seems, can operate the same way. Some of the most devout people I know do not broadcast it. Not because they are embarrassed in any way, but just because they're more "lead by example" types. Maybe, similarly, I've met more vegans than I realize.
My friend's (on the left) PETA internship pictures.... she gained about 20 lbs and got all pale and sickly when she went from vegetarian to vegan 3 or 4 years ago. All her "vegan food!" pics are deep fried mock meat and vegan cakes/ cupcakes. The girl on the right freaks me out. This seems to be the case with most regular vegans, raw vegans tend to be healthier in my experience.
I know two dedicated vegans - both of them in their early 30s and both different as can be.
One, raised a vegan from childhood, is emaciated yet flabby, pallid/sickly looking, with exceptionally poor vision and crooked teeth. All I know of her lifestyle is that she's a raw-food vegan and isn't into much exercise. She is, however, a very nice, good-natured girl.
The other, looks pretty good externally, and has an attractive, model-thin figure. Her complexion is pretty bad, but overall, she's an above-average attractive girl. She has done the fake-meat variety of veganism since she was 20 and is extremely proud of the fact that she can stay "hot" without exercise. That said, she is the most bat-sh*t crazy person I've ever met. She is what I would classify a "militant vegan" and to say that she is perpetually angry and vindictive is a gross understatement. Heaven help you if you cross her. She holds a grudge forever and stalks, insults and threatens violence against people for offenses as benign as agreeing to disagree that veganism is a healthy lifestyle choice.
Based on these two acquaintances, I'm convinced deficiencies from a vegan diet manifest themselves differently in different people. As evidenced by vegan #2, physical appearance is not necessarily indicative of good health.
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