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Wikipedia definition: veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan. 

Living a vegan lifestyle simply stated is living cruelty free.
Meaning you don’t consume anything that comes from an animal, dead or alive, NOR use any animal products (such as leather, wool, …) NOR use beauty or cleaning products that contain animal ingredients and/ or were tested on animals.

By choosing this lifestyle, you choose to respect animals as sentient beings while at the same time you choose to live healthily. It’s important to note that you can be a vegan and eat only vegan junk food, that’s obviously not a good choice for your own health. 

Living healthily as a vegan means eating a balanced diet (containing enough nutrients coming from proteins, carbs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, …) and keeping your B12 levels in check. The only vitamin we don’t get from vegan food is vitamin B12 and this is a very important vitamin:  very Low Vitamin B12 intake can cause anaemia and nervous system damage. The only reliable animal-free sources of B12 are foods fortified with B12 and B12 supplements, such as Veg1 from the Vegan Society. Read more about vitamin B12.