It took me a long time for me to become a vegetarian. I gave up things one by one. It all began when I lived in Italy for 6 months and I felt so much healthier. I was afraid of most of their "meats" and so ate lots and lots of fresh seafood instead. When I came back to the US and my old diet, I had all kinds of digestion problems much worse than before I had left (and I was on medication for it). I tried to figure out what was so different? So I gave up all but fish for about a year. The I waited tables at Red Lobster. I stopped eating fish, but ate shellfish. Then the lobster tanks sort of got to me. I decided I needed none of it. Since then I've given up artificial sugars, regular eggs, milk (but not dairy products), sodas, white bread, ice cream made from milk, and I'm way down on most sweets. I'm sort of obsessed with health information so I keep on changing my diet from all the things I learn. But I love the animal rights aspect of it! It is a great perk to not eating animals. I feel so liberated now!