I'm extremely interested in how you left veganism.I was vegan for years, was about as healthy as one can be doing that, but it's just not an appropriate diet for humans. I now get about 80% of my calories from animal sources. I aim for grass fed, but more importantly I just do "natural" stuff. Eggs, ribeyes, a curry with fresh meat, veg, and spices. Natural is a hand wavy word, but I mean avoiding seed oils, preservatives, etc.
The fat soluble vitamins in animal products are crucial. Don't rely on what you see on the nutrition information on products. Just because something strictly speaking has however many milligrams of some vitamin or mineral as measured by blending it, putting it in solution, and extracting with a reagent doesn't mean that your body is going to get that many milligrams of it or that your body can convert that form of the vitamin into something it can use. Youtube is full of vegans obsessing over chronometer figures showing that they're getting so much of this or that vitamin, and yet they're still lethargic and weak and menopausal in their 20s. Plants alone simply are not an acceptable source of nutrients.
I have no problem with vegetarians, though I think eating meat is good for you, at least occasionally. It can be as little as fish every Friday. If nothing else, one needs to cut back on carbs and meats, which are heavier in proteins and fat, are naturally low carb. Vegetarians are pro-vegetable. But vegans are anti-animal. There is a huge difference. Positivity vs negativity. There is the old joke about how can you know if someone is a vegan? Dont worry... they will tell you. I found vegans are obsessed about food to an unhealthy degree, and then when I examine their diets, they eat less salad than I do. They love to talk about the old foods they are "no longer able" to eat. You don't see old ROK guys here talk about how much they miss banging sloots.
Vegans are far less concerned with how "good" any particular vegetable is, and more concerned about how any product from their shoelaces to their water bottles, involved a living animal. They are extremists and in my book mostly nuts. It's a shame because there could be something to the idea of cutting back on dairy. While I love cheese and ice creams I have noticed some digestion issues as I age. But dairy is very nutrient dense. I just consume it in moderation.
I know plenty of former vegetarians who now eat meat. But most vegans I know are still firmly anti-animal (they may eat garbage junk food, as long as it doesnt have butter in it). Setting aside the dietary issues, how were you able psychologically and socially leave the political mindset as a vegan, and have you seen any others change their views after becoming a vegan (Vegans typically identify as I AM VEGAN vs someone who eats a vegetarian diet). I'm very interested in people who make such an extreme change, from a sociological perspective.