About the pork issue, the only reason I gave it up was because it is prohibited in Islam. There are many reasons to have it:
1) Taste--it is fabulous. I used to enjoy it when I got bored with chicken and turkey. Pork is the "other white meat"..bbq'ed pork is yummy
2) Nutritional value--incredibly rich in high quality proteins and fiber. My model friends and I used to eat cold cuts of ham for breakfast everyday!
3) Reasonably priced--compared to other healthy meats that I still eat, like veal, rabbit, ostrich, even baby goat/lamb, pork is quite inexpensive, because it is plentiful
4) Quite hygienic--modern day pigs are clean cuz these stupid animals are kept in tight stalls that restrict their movement and also help fatten them
Some argue that pigs are treated badly in farms. But so are other animals. And I am not exactly an animal rights person!
But at the end of the day, if Islam forbids pork, I wont eat it.