Wow, I am so surprised/pleased to see that Oprah's "Vegan Challenge" has caused quite a stir on the internet and many people are trying it out for a week! I thought I'd pitch in and give some tips since I did go vegetarian (pescatarian actually) for a while and it was great.
I never liked red or dark meats. As a kid my meat of choice was chicken (just the breasts part). I did eat a lot of processed kielbasas and hot dos, but I'll choose to believe that back then they were healthier!
I stopped eating pork years ago. I can't actually remember why! Now I have a couple of reasons. First of all, pigs are too cute to eat! Second is they are dirty animals. Third, I never ate breakfast bacon, pork sausage, ham, etc, I think they are super greasy, fatty and gross in general (sorry).
I never liked/ate lamb, veal and whatever other meats are there. Didn't even have to cut these out. I did like foods made with ground beef - burgers, tacos, etc. But that went easily.
I almost didn't want to stop eating chicken until I "discovered" PETA's website and watched a video on a chicken slaughter house and how they are treated in general. That did it.
The point here is, don't drop every single food at once. I think your body will go through stress and you'll just feel depressed. Cut out one type of meat at a time.
I don't think I can leave without fish & dairy. But like it was said on the show, go with what you think is right for you, not what fits under vegan or vegetarian titles. Experiment with different meatless items and dairy-free products. I like veggie hot dogs and burgers. I like Earth Balance "butter" spread and Coconut Bliss "ice-cream". I didn't even know these products were dairy free until I read the labels at home. Most importantly, I love veggies, fruits and grains (and dairy and seafood).
I turned back to meats when during pregnancy my iron levels were really low. I obviously didn't eat a proper vegetarian diet. I do actually want to go back to being a vegetarian/pescatarian. I think about it every day and every time I eat meat. I do only buy free-range/organic meat, but it's still not clicking with me. I can't forget how happy I was without meat and how good my body felt!
Something to think about anyways.
What's your take on this?
P.S. All I can think about lately is food, so don't be surprised to see a lot of food-themes posts :)