I am getting a lot of questions from people wondering exactly what a vegan vs. vegetarian is. I thought that would make a great post to educate people who are just learning these terms and are curious.
First of all, there are a few types of vegetarians out there. There are Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians (like me) who do not eat meat, but do eat dairy and eggs; there are Lacto Vegetarians who do not eat meat or eggs, but do consume dairy products; and then there are Ovo Vegetarians who do not eat meat or dairy products, but do eat eggs.
In contrast, a Vegan is someone who eats no animal products whatsoever, which means no meat, no dairy products, no eggs.
That’s right, no cheese, no milk, no eggs and nothing made from any of these products.
Vegans also typically do not use any products that are made from animals or have used animals in the testing of the products such as makeup, leather, fur, and other cosmetic products.
When I look back on my journey in becoming a vegetarian, it wasn’t that hard for me to cut out meat from my diet. That is a different story for me, personally, in being vegan. Becoming a vegan is a journey that includes thinking through all products and food that use animals in any way, and cutting those from your life.
I admire the vegans I know and this month has taught me the discipline that this takes.
And that’s exactly what I was hoping for.
Read more about being vegan here.