The article calls becoming a vegetarian/vegan to be a "fairly simple" change... yeah ok
Anecdote: after my husband's triple bypass heart surgery, we went to see a new cardiologist. (We see all doctors together, whether he or I are the patient).
So this new doctor starts lecturing about a healthy diet. OK, that's good. But then he says how what my husband should eat. "Don't eat anything that has a face." he orders (meaning something having eyes mouth, etc, an animal). "Well, what about fish?" I ask. "I thought those were beneficial for the heart."
"No! He should only eat vegetables. And better if he becomes a Vegan."
Well, I could see his Italian/Sicilian blood starting to boil. And I didn't like this doctor's condescending attitude. "Nothing with a face" indeed! Just say a vegetarian diet. I think we can comprehend that. We're not children!
So I said back to the doctor: "Well, if he can't eat anything with a face, what if I wear a paper bag over my head?"
Well, an awkward, shocked silence. I will not allow us to be treated liked children. I'm not intimdated by authority figures. I don't care who you are.
Oddly enough, we liked this doctor's medical competence, after he learned not to mess with us, or talk down to us. We even referred my husband's older older brother to him, for his annual vacation stays here in South Florida from Boston. My husband is still seeing him. I don't know what it is - 5 or 6 years later?
As for my husband, his diet is still awful. Trying to get an Italian/Sicilan to change his life-long eating habits is like trying to take a bone away from a bulldog. I've maybe got him eating a bit healthier, I don't wanna lose him. But I can't undo his culture & heritage.