For your body is that which you eat, and your spirit is that which you think.
I stopped eating meat in Oct, 2009. I don't miss meat itself, but confess to some difficulty getting used to substituting it. I am tired of pork and beans without the pork! Fortunately there are some great recipes on a blog called Leslie's Musings @ lwinchar.blogspot.com; she is a vegetarian and is leading the way for many of us. Leslie's reasons for choosing to discontinue eating meat are noted on her blog and many mirror and have influenced mine. Reasons partly to do with animal welfare and abhorrence at the methods by which we manufacture meat; health concerns created by eating a western diet rich in meat, meat by-products (this can include euthanized animals and those that died enroute to the slaughter house), herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones and who really knows what else. For years, I have made every effort to buy and consume happy meat. Meat labelled humanely treated, free range, organic etc. in an effort to stop the madness and corruption of meat manufacturing. But after a time I began to realize that, for myself, I could no longer eat meat and also believe I really cared about animals as sentient beasts, given life as I am by our Creator. Because even humanely treated animals are culled from the herd and then have their brains bashed in and their throats slit. Seems the same as murder of any innocent to me; imagine a madman luring you with reassurance that you are safe and coaxing you to your death.