Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm doing this diet change not for myself but for my son who already needs a heart-healthy diet at his age. I will have to do some research on soy products - I didn't realize they were not healthy. Maybe just cutting meat down significantly and eliminating red meat (or like one of you said, the four-legged animals) is more realistic. Giving up dairy would certainly be harder than giving up meat. I tried almond milk once, and it was naaasty. I couldn't stomach it.
I like the idea of eating like Asians eat - the research presented in Forks over Knives was primarily done with asian populations. They were saying that the amount of meat an American eats at one meal would feed the entire family in an Asian culture because they use meat more for taste than for substance.
Hi Lisa! If you're leaning toward an Asian diet, you may want to read The China Study. Another issue with soy is that it can have an adverse affect on those with thyroid problems. Sweetened coconut-and-almond milk is better altogether and on/in things, but it doesn't taste very good if drinking it straight from the carton. Nothing beats dairy milk in that regard, especially with coffee. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to give up butter! I think going vegan is definitely a process! Chelle