You better shape up, cause I need a man. And my heart is set on youuu!
BUT YOU GOTTA GO VEGAN FOOL!… or do you?
Hello, hello! I haven’t written a debatable in a hot minute, and this subject is a particular one that I have wanted to write about for a while.
My boyfriend is not vegan, and when I first went vegan the fact that he isn’t, didn’t even cross my mind when it came to our relationship. Whenever people find out I am vegan they always ask me if my boyfriend is too…
Some people feel like you cannot be vegan and date a non vegan, or that it would just be too difficult when deciding where/what to eat. But it isn’t difficult at all! When we eat at home we simply just cook our own meals or if we want to eat together we always make something vegan and if he wants too he adds in other things after.
Eating out is never an issue as many places offer vegan options now, and I live in London so I’m quite lucky to be in easy reach of a ton of different restaurants and bars.
I follow a vegan page on Facebook and a lot of the time when someone brings up that their partner isn’t vegan they often get someone else commenting that they could never date a non vegan. To be honest if I was single I wouldn’t base dating someone on whether they are vegan or not, it would just be an advantage to date someone who was.
But I was with my boyfriend for 2 years before I went vegan, and I love him an awful lot so I’m not going to break up with him just because he doesn’t share the same lifestyle as me.
I don’t believe in pushing your views onto other people. I used to be very pushy with other people, I liked to make them aware that their lifestyle was killing billions of animals and damaging their health and the planet. And there is nothing wrong with doing that, I was just doing it in the wrong way and I have learned recently that pushing people into something or preaching at them just gives them have a negative view on the lifestyle, and may result in harming your relationships.
If you are vegan, don’t feel like you have to only seek out someone who is vegan and that’s it. If you like someone who eats meat and dairy that’s cool! just make sure they are supportive of your lifestyle and not completely closed minded to trying new things, otherwise I can imagine you would find it difficult to be with that person.
And who knows, maybe one day they might go vegan too!
I’m very lucky to have a boyfriend who is always up for trying my vegan food and going to vegan events with me, he enjoys them as much as I do! He has seen the benefits veganism has had on me, and I honestly think that my lifestyle change has had a positive influence on his too as he has cut down on meat and dairy a lot since I first met him.
And if you really do only ever want to date a vegan, that’s cool too. I’m only here to share my opinion and offer advice to those who are new to this lifestyle.
I’m still pretty new to it too, so I feel like I can relate in some way 🙂
I would like to hear you experiences with dating a non vegan and please like, share and follow my blog for updates! I post new lifestyle articles every Tuesday and new Debatable’s/Eat of the Week’s every Friday
“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable”
― Gary L. Francione
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