Vegan is tough-I suppose being hard core rigid ANYTHING is tough. It wasn't tough from the standpoint of not having things to eat-it was tough having the appropriate stuff available.
I really do see a difference in aches and pains from less dairy and NO Splenda. I will be taking artifical sweeteners off the menu permanently.
I watched Food Inc. and have downloaded Earthlings. Control of our food supplies is scary, and something we'd all be better off thinking about. The solution is simple-vote with your dollars. I will pay more attention to my own garden this year-try to produce more things I will eat vs. things I just like to watch grow (aka-SAGE).
I will purchase more vegan product and rely less on dairy. I joined a food coop and will be eating free range eggs and focus on locally grown produce. I think that will make me a healthier person and make the economy healthier as well-again-voting with dollars for the kind of world I would like to have.