I am a vegetarian slowly transitioning into veganism. An ovo-lacto vegetarian eats eggs and dairy. Ovo-veg just eggs lacto-veg eats dairy. A vegan eats nothing that is derived from an animal regardless of if an animal died or lived to produce it. This is including things like honey, lanolin, leather, wool ect.
I personally don't really have a "title" that I call myself other than vegetarian because while I avoid eggs and don't drink milk or eat things like yogurt I do occasionally have some cheese. So IDK the title thing is all very personal to each individual. It does make it hard to explain to family though.
I originally became veg for health reasons. We have colon issues that run in the family so I am trying to do what I can to prevent cancer by keeping my body as clean as I can. However, I did begin to waver in my resolve toward the end of last summer and ate meat on a few occasions. All that it took to fix that was to watch a few videos on you tube and documentary or two and I now have a hard time stomaching walking past the meat counter at the store. I can't imagine going back to eating it now. At that point in time is when I cut out dairy and eggs. For the most part anyway, I probably eat cheese once a week or so but can tell it slows down my digestion so I may cut that out too. Since I cut those out my skin has gotten so soft and the little bumps and redness I had on my upper arms are going away.
I don't often eat "meat replacements" like veg lunchmeat or veg burgers since they are pretty processed. I do make a variety of veggie, lentil, bean or tofu burgers at home. They freeze well if you want to keep some on hand but they usually don't make it to the freezer here.
We also have a pretty crappy selection of organic produce here too. Sometimes I make the drive out to Whole foods (45 min) and I also get a delivery from door to door organics. They might have that in your area and the prices are good.
I use nutritional yeast as a vit b12 supplement. It doesn't have much flavor imo, slightly cheesy I guess you could say. I stir it into soups and currys. Sprinkle it on popcorn ect.
Books I love are:
The Vegetarian Family cookbook by Nava atlas- she has a yummy soup cookbook too.
The kind diet- Alicia silverstone
Vegan Yum Yum- Lauren Ulm
The complete Book of Vegan Cooking- Tony and Yvonne Bishop-Weston
Utilize your library!!
also love http://vegweb.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=e21785484d92e8be4b34e71f68ebacfc&action=forum