I want to start out by saying the husband and I aren't vegeterians or vegans. BUT, we don't eat meat more than once a week and we do it for the budget and the environment. We still eat cheese.
I wish people would stop calling me a "vegeterian" like its some kind of disease. Its a lifestyle choice and one we did to help save the environment and because we were looking at no food at all with what meat costs! I also don't think all vegeterians should be lumped into any of the following (of which I have been accused): PETA, radical animal activists, hippies, Indians, solely ethnic food eaters, grass eaters, the super-God people...and those are the ones in the last two weeks I remember.
I wish people had told me that when you go to do the lifestyle, you don't have to do it all at once. The first time we tried was a disaster because we tried to eliminate everything at once. The second time worked because we eliminated one food at a time at our speed, not someone else's. Now we're down to chicken, some fish, and cheese.
I wish that someone had told me to go to the doctor before doing it and make an appointment with a dietitian. Once we did it for the second time around, we eliminated a lot of the "always hungry" and "sickly" issues.
I also wish someone would have told me how hard it is to eliminate cheese from the diet. Giving up milk was easy, yogurt was fine, but cheese...is hard for me.