You've gotten many good answers here, but the simpliest given me when I began was this:
Vegetarian: People who eat mostly vegetables and avoid eating animals of any kind. They are, however, allowed to eat animal by products (eggs, cheese, milk). Some lessen their standards and allow fish for health reasons (Omega 3).
Vegan: People who eat no animals and no animal by products (no eggs, cheese, milk). They get their Omega 3's from plant sources (flax seed, etc.)
I'm a vegan, but like Mike said I realize that we do not live in a perfect world. For instance, recently I visited a resterant where had I not eaten an animal product, I would not have had anything "substantial" to eat. I hated doing it, and in general avoid doing this like a madman...but that day my body needed something substantial and a salad would have not done it. I felt I had no choice and had to bend my standards that meal.
Some folks make veganism into a religion, but I think that's not realistic...we do the best we can, but we live in a real world that does not always support our needs. When the day comes that vegan/vegetarian choices will be at all fast food places and resterants, then we will have no excuses. But as we know, that is not the case yet.
So as Mike said, I aim for being vegan the vast majority of the time, but I realize sometimes the situation will be such that if I don't eat something non-vegan, I won't be eating at all that meal. Luckily, this happen's rarely and I can stay on my vegan eating plan 95 percent of the time. This means I'm doing light years better than I used to do (eating meat 95 percent of the time!!!) This is progress...and something to be proud of.
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