If you are moderate in your consumption of animal meat, I'd consider you to be almost a vegan. I'd suggest the you be very moderate in your consumption of chicken and beef. Too much fat and animal protein in your diet leads to:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Some Cancers
I'm not a pure vegan, however, 95% of my food consumption is vegan because I feel the best when I eat low-fat vegetarian. If someone prepares a special meat dish at a dinner party, I will taste it.
Being a vegan does not equate to eating healthy. Many vegans have too much vegetable fat in their diet (a teaspoon is optimal). Some continue to eat refined carbs and sugars.
Egg white and low-fat milk have lots of protein, however, you will also see lots of contaminants and hormones in those products. The proteins in milk are harmful. Milk is not the best source of calcium. From a pure health perspective, the optimal diet eliminates all animal sources of food.
Brown rice and beans provide all the essential amino acids required for protein. Whole grains can be substituted for brown rice. Whole and fresh fruits and vegetables are very healthy.
I'm a low-fat, low-refined-carb vegan because I feel alert and alive on that diet. If you avoid smoking and alcohol and if you get enough aerobic exercise and sleep, I guarantee you will feel awesome.