Hey there and good for you!! and PLEASE do not worry about the poster with the unhealthy friend, being a vegetarian or vegan does NOT make you unhealthy. As with any eating plan omni veggie or otherwise, you just need make sure you are eating healthy. It turns out most meat eaters get waaaay too much protein, I guess the western diet is full of it. Just be smart about your food and aware of what nutrients you need and which you are getting. I quit eating meat when I was about ten, that was when I discovered factory farming. About the fishing thing, I always told people if I ate any meat again it would be raised/ killed in a "responsible" manner. For example, my dad goes and hunts a deer, full grown in his natural habitat, or an egg from my neighbor's chicken (in the suburbs lol:)) I would be more likely to eat either of those examples. I will never eat something raised in corporate farm "free range" nonsense or otherwise. That said, it took me quite a long time to go completely vegan. I am allergic to dairy and it was still hard to cut cheese out of my diet! The easiest way to just stop eating these things? I would say go to a chicken or egg manufacture. If you can't do that, go online and look up pictures, commentaries, and videos of these places. Seriously, eventhough you know these things are going on, it is different to see it. If you think phasing out is best for you, by all means go for it that way. It was easier for me to just go cold (veggie?) turkey. And if you really miss meat you can find animal and environmentally friendly substitutes everywhere! Even if it takes you a while or you have a lapse, take it easy on yourself- just think, each time you pass on some meat you are doing a good thing Research will be your best friend, online you can find answers to all your questions, recipes, everything! Try the veg links from PETA.com, veganlunchbox.com, and www.RMAD.org (although this is rocky mtn region I think they will send their free guide to being veg to anybody!). The links from PETA also have a free guide and recipe booklets they will send you. oh my! I just typed far more than I intended! LOL I just sorta got going....my bad!! Heh, anyways, if you have ANY questions feel free to PM me (i sure am no expert, but I can always point you in the direction of one:)) I can even pull out some cookbooks and help you find some recipes your whole family will like Keep up the great work and enjoy your food!!!