What spurred me to make the change (though I didn't eat a lot of red meat anyway) was hearing about the health benefits, and then watching a few documentaries - first Forks over Knives, and then Vegucated, which made it impossible for me NOT to do it.
I'm also reading Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran right now, which is really interesting, too, and has some great-sounding recipes.
You sound like me. I loved that book! Another great one is The Kind Life by Alicia Sylverstone.
I've always been a big foodie, but was never a huge fan of meat. I never liked anything but cheese on my pizza since I could eat pizza and I had to be in the mood for a steak. I've been officially vegetarian since this past January, but it's really been happening for some time. It all started when I watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"...and then bought my first juicer the next day. I also began incorporating green smoothies in my daily life. I found a 30 day challenge that sent a new recipe every day and loved it. I then too part in a 14 raw food reset and although it was challenging, I felt amazing!
I'm a documentary junkie when it comes to Netflix, so once I saw Fat, Sick and Near,y Dead, I ended up watching the rest. My journey began for health, but as an animal lover, the animal cruelty factor was inevitable. I would love to be vegan one day and I eat 99% vegan at he. My struggle is that I live in a very small town full of franchise restaraunts and steakhouses. It's almost impossible to eat out and be vegan. Baby steps and one day at a time