The Sad Truth About Being A Vegan

The Sad Truth About Being A Vegan

I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my adult life. Okay, if you want to know the numbers, I became a vegetarian in my Junior year of college (20 years old?). And, I’ve fallen off the vegetarian wagon a few times, went back to being an omnivore, gained lots of weight when I did, then got back on track. I became a Vegan around 1994, but then fell off when I joined a big band that kept me so busy with the touring and all, I reverted back to a meat eating diet because we could only hit up the fast foods and Denny’s on the road.

But around 2001 I started transitioning to Veganism again with newfound enthusiasm. And around 2003 or 2004, I became a Raw Foodist. But for the most part, I’ve been a Vegan for 15 years or more.

Okay, here’s the sad truth. I can no longer eat dairy or animal foods even if I tried. People have tried to get me to eat some seafood or even a bit of dairy. BUT… I get seriously sick when I do.

Once, I went back to eating seafood for a little bit in Hawaii, and right away I got sick with flu-like symptoms for about a week.

Once, I convinced myself it was okay to have a little sour cream and cheese with that baked potato. And once again, I was sick for a week with flu-like symptoms.

And I even ate some KFC Fried Chicken, and although I didn’t get the flu-like symptoms, I just didn’t feel well for at least a week. Couldn’t quite pinpoint it, but I just didn’t feel well. I was low in energy, and feeling depressed, actually.

So, I can’t go back at this point to eating animal foods again.

I’m stuck being a Vegan.

But, as long as I’m eating a 100% Vegan Diet, and as long as the diet doesn’t consist of lots of Vegan Junk Food, then I’m okay. I will have lots of energy for my age, and I think I look better and younger than my age. But I have to still eat a wide variety of Vegan foods: fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains.

But at this point, there is no reverting back to a omnivore, meat-eating diet… at least not for me. Every body is different and I don’t recommend everyone should turn Vegan. This is just my own personal journey that I’m sharing, but I do believe everyone should eat more fruits and vegetables. There are many micro-nutrients in these fresh whole foods that are very important to the body, to ignore them.



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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