Quora – why do so many vegans quit being vegan

Quora – Why do so many vegans quit being vegans?

I have been vegan now for almost 8 years, strictly so for 7 years.

I was a carnivore for 55 years prior to that.

I became vegan after watching my oncologist write “palliative care only” on my file, and hearing him tell me that “there is nothing known to medicals science that can improve the probability of your survival”, which he gave as “could be dead in 6 weeks, a 50% chance of living 5 months, and a 2% chance of living 2 years”.

Going vegan didn’t immediately come to mind.

It only occurred after doing a lot of reading.

I have been vegan, and on high dose (1 heaped teaspoon pure L Ascorbic acid dissolved in a glass of luke warm water, twice daily) vitamin C since a week after that conversation. The last tumour was cut out of my shoulder 7 years and 2 weeks ago. The ones on my liver disappeared 7 years and 9 months ago.

Being vegan isn’t easy.

Most places in this country (New Zealand) don’t serve vegan food.

It is difficult for me to go out and eat with other people.

Socially – being vegan is difficult.

Having a high metabolism, I need to eat a lot, often.

The two things one really needs to watch when being vegan is omega 3s and vitamin Bs. I’m consistent with both.

It is so much easier to be healthy being vegan, I haven’t had noticeable symptoms of a cold or flu since going vegan, my varicose veins went away, lots of things like that.

Yet I still miss things like alcohol and chocolate (which can be vegan, but cannot be RAVE vegan) and sausages at a BBQ. The no refined foods part of being RAVE vegan poses an extra level of difficulty.

And I am alive.

The last conversation I had with my oncologist he said – “whatever you are doing, keep on doing it, but if I recommend it to anyone, I will lose my job” – which is true, and is also a sad indictment on the society in which we live, which is much more about the interests of money than it is the interests of individual life and individual liberty applied universally.

So as a simple answer to your question – it is very difficult being vegan.

It is socially different.

It is hard to fit in.

It is difficult and expensive to get good quality fresh food.

It helps if one has training as a biochemist (as I do) to be able to self monitor the nutritional requirements.

One needs a really powerful incentive to keep it up.

Most people are not told they are “terminal cancer”, and even for most people who are, going vegan is too hard, and they would rather die than make that sort of effort ongoingly, every day, without fail.

It need not be that way, if systems were different, but right now it is that way.

Might be a very good idea if we changed the systems, and made it a lot easier to eat vegan, with lots of fresh, healthy, tasty food. But that not a high probability outcome in the near term.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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