Since hazelbranch and daririb asked the question of whether my motivation for this change was health related or conscience related I figured I'd address it. This choice has absolutely nothing to do with my overall health. I think that changing my diet in this way will probably end up being a healthy choice but that's not why I'm considering it. I am simply motivated by the way "food animals" are treated and the impact that factory farming has on our environment. That is why I am choosing to eat organic meat if I want meat. I know that animals have not been pumped full of gods know what and kept cramped up in little pens. I won't bother you with the information that I found out but it was enough to make me rethink my eating habits. I could see the slightly extremist points in it but even putting that aside the truth of it really struck a chord with me. So, that's where I stand at the moment. We'll see where it goes from here.
As I was running my errands today I decided to put my money where my mouth is and see what it would be like to start cutting out the meat. I picked up a fruit smoothie from a juice bar around lunch time, followed by a cinnabon (I couldn't resist the smell of it!!) and then as I was headed to an appointment I stopped in to get a subway sub. My first thought was to get my usual, roasted chicken sub, and that was when I realized how ingrained meat eating is in my life. I got a veggie sub, paid less and actually enjoyed it just as much! I realized it was the combination of the sauce, green peppers, dill pickles, salt and pepper that I really liked and the meat was kind of secondary. That made me feel good. It was like a resounding confirmation that I will be able to do this without feeling inconvenienced.
I'll keep you posted in case you're curious how things work out!