That’s Lierre Keith, describing the email she gets from her book, The Vegetarian Myth (see previous link for reviews & to get the book). She’s talking about those 80% of vegetarians and vegans who fan-mail her; those relatively new to it (all life is style, nowadays), suffering from anxiety and depression.
Good for you, Lierre: best of all, cut off or cull the supply of new victims; double-edge-sword, create advocates for sensible eating as added leverage against The Myth! Many of the old-timers will sacrifice their own health for the sake of misery-loves-company. They confuse misery and bliss — like a damaged soul confuses love & hate.
Alright, let’s just admit there’s selection bias here. Certainly there are vegetarians and vegans who are fortunate — and I wish them well — to have no such problems, and they aren’t emailing Lierre. Prolly not fans of her book, either.
But the fact is there are those who suffer. And there’re those commenting on this blog and elsewhere, proclaiming how meat eating is so satisfying for them. That means something simple: the argument that anyone and everyone ought to Go vegan! is falsified. It should end. No, they do not have and so certainly should not proclaim to have the diet to end all diets. And Paleos should not claim that either. Everyone is individual. People fare differently; paleo is merely an excellent place to start. Our job is to convince them it’s the best place to start. That’s how we got here, evolved, so give that a college try, first.
Oh, I almost forgot. That bit is at around 56 minutes into her interview with Sean Croxton, right here. Go listen.