Was vegetarian on and off for several years....I'm 69 now.
Now I am going vegan...have been pretty much vegan for a couple of weeks.
Still not checking labels too hard, but staying away from processed foods so I can be sure of what's going into my mouth.
I am amazed to discover I can do without milk...milk was my comfort food.
Can't have soy...it caused a goiter when I was heavily using it before, so I started making my own oat, nut, or rice milk, which turned out pretty good.
Funny thing is..now I'm getting out of the habit of ANY type of milk.
I discovered cereal is pretty good dry, and I never did like milk on oatmeal....mostly just to gulp down a big cold glass....ah, the old days..lol..
Learning to cook a whole new way is challenging since my husband is a big flesh eater and I have to accomodate him, and my (adult) kids think I'm nuts.
I'm giving them all 'The China Study' to read, which sure convinced me that veggie is the way to go....hope it works for them, too!
Onward and upward (veggily)!!!