Thank you so much, FW for your wonderfully thought out (beautiful, really!) reply - that makes so much sense. It truly does. And thanks to everyone else who is replying as well. It's helping me a lot in coming to terms with the fact that I just may need to eat some meat every now and then. I think I'm totally back on board with eggs, but the meat may take some more time.
I'm really not sure how I might transition back into it yet. I do know that I won't go back to eating any and all, like I did before I became vegan (pepperoni, sausage, bacon, etc.). My whole goal here is to just be the healthiest I can be while still respecting and giving thanks for any animals I do eat. I am just so tired of being exhausted from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, having zero energy, being depressed, and so on. My problem may not be my diet, like I've said before, but I just have a nagging feeling that it could be and that this way of eating (and lifestyle in general) makes so much sense that it's what I need.
I have to say though, I think it's consuming me a little too much this past week or so. I had a dental appointment that took longer than what I anticipated today and by the time I was done I was famished. I had to pick my son up at my sister-in-law's and as soon as I walked in I was offered these donuts she had made - my son insisted because they were SO delicious and wouldn't you know, she made them with no eggs and almond milk, just so I could try. I didn't even think twice, I downed one in a split second. Then remembered, oh yeah, I'm trying to cut out sugar (sprinkled on top), flour, etc. Then I got a little mad at myself and THEN I started thinking that this whole business of being SO mindful of what I eat is just crazy and I had a moment where I wanted to eat ALL THE THINGS, not caring what they were. Gah! My semi-Paleo friend says that's normal and it gets better.......I sure hope so.
I also feel like I'm just plain tired of being the odd one when I go to other people's houses, restaurants, etc. It's been a real PITA at times since I've been vegan, and from what I'm reading and finding out, it may not be much better on this type of plan.
Any insight, tips, advice? I know that in the grand scheme of things, if my goal is to be the healthiest I can be and to be able to really LIVE my life, it shouldn't bother me if I have to be the odd one, make special request, etc. But it just gets irritating.
Please everyone, keep posting! I need all the support and advice I can get here!