A vegan defector…

“Tasha,” from the Voracious blog, deconverted from veganism. This aroused a lot of support and criticism. Her story is worth a read.

“You see,” she concluded, “for many, if not most, people a totally plant based diet is not a good thing. It obviously is not working for you and that is nothing to be ashamed of. The body has evolved to utilize meat efficiently and healthfully, not tablets or pills. You’ve been taking B12 supplements for years, and you’ve been trying to take iron supplements for weeks, and they haven’t been utilized by your body at all. Supplements are a very poor substitute for whole foods. Taking medication is not the best option and it is not necessary; you could almost certainly regain your health on a balanced diet. It is my recommendation that you try that.”

I shook my head in silence.

“I’m sorry, I just can’t. I won’t.” I said to her for the millionth time, wiping the tears that were flowing down my face. “It just isn’t going to happen. I don’t care how sick I am. It’s wrong to eat animals!”

She leaned forward on her desk and made one more plea for me to think more carefully about my health and well being. “Natasha, you are hurting yourself. You are very, very sick. Your hair is falling out, your depression is back, and you are making yourself ill. You cannot go on like this.”

I stared at her for several long seconds, then got up and left the room.

2 thoughts on “A vegan defector…

  1. Clarissa April 13, 2011 at 21:17

    This is just some kind of a mental disorder that should be treated as such, in my opinion. Slavoj Zizek was harsher towards vegetarians than I am. he called them “degenerates” in a famous video.

  2. Randolph Carter April 13, 2011 at 23:27

    Although it is easy to criticize her initial belief, I have to say that there is no greater thing in life than to have one’s convictions proved wrong, to accept the fact, and move forward from it. As Emerson said, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” and she has risen above the social tyranny of her peers, made the necessary changes to her erroneous philosophy and improved her life for the better. I applaud her. If only we could get the supporters of authoritarianism to likewise see the harm they are doing to themselves on their diet of hierarchy…

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