You know, there are things that used to be hard, like eating out, and explaining to family etc, but after being a vegetarian for 5 years, it's all easy now. Actually, it only took about 2-3 years before it was easy.
I've learned enough about nutrition, animal rights, health and the environment that I can debate about the merits of being a vegetarian with anyone and win. I know so much about the food and restaurants in my city that I can be sure to feed myself, and feed myself well anywhere. Last night at 1230 am I was dragged to Denny's after the kitchen was closed at all the pubs I had chosen (specifically for their good veg food.) I was with 3 vegetarians. They all just ordered meat free sides, like fries, mozzas sticks and onion rings. I asked for a Chicken Bacon Ranch melt without the chicken and bacon. I just asked them to throw on whatever veggies they had, and I wound up with a sauteed mushroom, onion, zuchinni, lettuce, tomato, havarti sandwhich on Cibatta. It was amazing!
My friends, family and co- workers are all used to my diet now, and they respect it, and know that my food is tasty and healthy. So many of them make far more veggie choices now, and at least 5 of them have become veg. or pescatarian.
So... what I'm saying is that in my experience, the longer you remain a vegetarian and the more you educate yourself, the easier the whole thing gets!
The only hard thing I can think of now is when ordering pizza for a large group, they'll get one cheese, or veggie and a bunch of meat pizzas, and many times I can barely get a slice cause they are far more popular than the ones dripping with meat.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavanto
'May everyone everywhere be happy
May the whole world be joyous'