I was vegetarian for 8 years, then vegan for 1, but I now am a little more lax about it. Everything I cook at home, or buy for my home is vegan, but when I go out to eat, I don't stress out about finding vegan restaurants, or making sure there are vegan options - I found it really difficult with my family. So when I eat out I eat mostly vegetarian, but don't mind if there is cheese in my pasta, etc.
I'm vegetarian. I did vegan for about six months and liked the way I felt a lot better that way, but alas vegan food is hard to find in the south and it became very expensive to shop at the one speciality store we have. I would never go back to meat eating again though. I've been a veggie girl since I was 14.
My caveat is that I care about ethical farming and ranching. The factory farming we do with animals today is disgusting and wrong. I believe the animals we have in captivity deserve to be treated humanely, regardless of whether or not they are pets or headed to slaughter.
I am in the process of becoming a vegan. I've been a vegetarian for 11 or 12 years now. I agree with College Hottie. It is a good way to keep the weight off. But the best part is that it is much healthier for you, and and no animals are harmed or mistreated in the production of your food.
I was a bee-gan for awhile (I ate honey, and in copious amounts, but that was the only byproduct I ate), but that changed when I got pregnant. I'm going back to vegetarian in about a week, once I get the all-clear from my doctor to start my daughter on solids, and she won't be dependent on me completely for nourishment.
I am not a vegetarian or a vegan. There are nutrients in animal products that are impossible to get in plants in any appreciable form. Examples being, vitamin B-12, and fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K-2. (note: beta-carotene in orange produce is NOT vitamin A aka retinol. beta carotene has to go through a complicated conversion process in which most of it is lost, and it's even harder to convert if you have certain medical conditions.)
I do believe it's possible to be a vegetarian and be in good health if you regularly consume eggs and full fat milk, preferably from pastured/free range animals. Some bone broth would be even better, but I know that's blurring the line a bit.
Dr. Weston Price, a dentist and himself a vegetarian, traveled the world in the 1930's searching for a culture that consumed no animal products. He couldn't find any. In fact, the healthiest tribes consumed fish as their main protein; followed by the meat-eaters; and finally the "least" healthy, although MUCH healthier than industrialized societies, were the primarily vegetarian agrarians (they still consumed eggs and some dairy though.)
I understand the concerns about animal welfare and the environment. I find factory farming horrific and disgusting, as do many people, and I refuse to support that industry. Vegan and animal RIGHTS (big difference from WELFARE) activists pretend that there is no other option, but there is. You can still buy meat from animals that are raised AND slaughtered humanely. I know there are those who believe that animals are equal to humans, so eating them is wrong, and for that I have no answer. ...Actually, I do, but it's a little long and complicated to post here.
Vegetarian! I'd love to go vegan and start eating more raw/organic foods, but I'm also a little apprehensive - I won't miss eggs, but I love cheese and some types of dairy, and generally I hate those fake meats so I'm not sure how much I'll like, for example, textured vegetable powder in place of real cheese :/