In case anyone was wondering. It sure is a lot easier now than it was then. Back then you had to check the labels on everything... and it was hard to find stuff without LARD in it. Holy cow! (pun) People told me I was going to die without meat... they looked me straight in the eye and told me I was not going to live two more years. Being vegetarian back then, it was practically unheard of.
Nowadays there is much catering to the vegetarian demographic. (Yay!) And in the years (decades!) since the decision was taken I have never once felt regret for making the change. Everything I learn tends to reinforce the decision. Now, even global warming, which is much exacerbated by the animal industry, theoretically anyway... not that I am a big believer in it. To me it's more of a political thing, that people scold me for being a global warming skeptic but then they eat meat and drive gas guzzlers (I ride a bike everywhere I can) -- it kind of gets on my nerves sometimes. Hypocrisy is never very attractive.
Anyway... Thank you for this board and an opportunity to sound off! Honey, I'm home!!!!