Hi Rachel, and welcome! Your story sounds somewhat like mine. My dad was a retired butcher ,so meat was always an important part of mealtimes at our house. I tried to put the thought of just how the meat made its way to my plate out of my mind, even though I loved animals. Six years ago, at the age of 50, I happened upon "Meet Your Meat", and that was it. Left the animal products behind and have never looked back. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but the more you discover how good the food is, you'll wonder why it took you so long to make the switch! Veggieboards is an excellent information source, and I can tell you, when I first came I had so many questions , (some of them actually pretty dumb)-but everyone was very kind and supportive. There are a lot of folks here who really know their stuff and will be happy to help. Good luck on your journey.Hope to see more of you here on the boards.