You can be vegan and still have your 'sausage' pizza, 'halloumi' burgers and 'parmesan' fries, chocolate chip and ice cream cookie skillet and vegan booze.
You don't miss out on anything being vegan. If anything, you gain a new understanding of health, food and cooking (so many new ingredients to play with like banana blossom, jackfruit, cashew cheese, nutritional yeast, hemp milk etc), compassion, a love of the planet, camaraderie amongst fellow vegans and encouraging those on the transition.
When animal suffering is not a necessity and you know there is a kinder way, please please please choose the kinder path, even if it means you have to be the trailblazer for a little while until the rest of the world catches up. Because in your heart you know it is the right choice, and if you were the animals suffering or the dying planet, you'd want someone to speak up for you too.
I was a notorious junk food vegan to begin with but my eating habits have changed the longer I've been vegan - I've naturally become more drawn to whole foods which are readily available in all supermarkets and farmer's markets - my food shop is basically whole grains, legumes, tofu, fruits, veggies and spices. That's as close to nature and health as you can get - just observe the diets of centenarians living in the Blue Zones. So yes, not all vegan diets are healthy but if you do it right, you'll outlive everyone 👌🏼 - 7 hours ago