Vegans all have to put up with our non-vegan acquaintances. They ask uncomfortable questions, provoke heated conversations and can disagree with your choices. Often as a vegan, you may have to accept that sometimes veganism is the non traditional path and that your own wellbeing is more important than taking everything to heart.
However, things can get a little more complicated when you date a non-vegan. Sharing your life with someone who does not have the same views could be tough. But if you are ready to look past your partner's dietary choices, there are some guidelines you could follow to achieve a harmonious relationship.
1. Focus on Other Values You Share
People have a right to form their own opinions, and there is nothing you can do to force your partner to go vegan. If "Earthlings" did not make your partner reconsider his or her diet, take a step back.
Instead of imposing serious conversation, give your partner some time to reflect and think about veganism. In the meantime, focus on other aspects of your relationship. Let your partner know that veganism is an important part of your life but so is your relationship.
2. Veganise His/Her Favourite Dishes
Probably, your partner associates vegan food with a smoothie or lettuce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In this case, you need to show your boyfriend or girlfriend that every dish can be veganised.
Prove to your partner that being vegan does not mean saying no to his/her favourite treats. Cook your partner's favourite dish using only vegan ingredients. This simple trick can change your beloved one's opinion on going vegan.
3. Introduce Your Partner to Cruelty-Free Beauty Products
If food is too hard to tackle, you can start with other vegan things. Replacing your partner's hygiene products with cruelty-free alternatives is the perfect first step. Oftentimes, vegan beauty products are healthier as they are made of organic, non-toxic ingredients.
Buddy Scrub's Wash & Moisturise Bundle is a staple for anyone who wants to switch to a vegan skincare routine. Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash will leave you squeaky clean, and Sweet Orange & Lavender Body Lotion will nourish your skin.
4. Communication Is Key
Every strong relationship is built upon trust and openness. Even if the person you date is not vegan, you should feel that no topic is off-limits.
Unfortunately, sometimes talking about veganism feels like having a political debate. To avoid unnecessary tension, set boundaries and respect your partner's point of view. Only by communicating like adults you will be able to find common ground. Explain the reasoning behind your choice to be vegan to help others understand your motivation & intentions.
5. Make Vegan Friends
If you feel like your partner is not ready to go vegan, it is time to build a support system outside of your romantic relationship. Making vegan friends and meeting people who understand your choices will remove the need to talk about veganism at home.
Join Facebook groups that are dedicated to vegan community building, connect with other vegans via social media, attend local vegan events or workshops or spend more time with your current vegan friends.
Being surrounded by vegans, your partner may realise that giving up animal products is not that extreme and that many people have gone vegan.
Dating a non-vegan is tricky. If you are in a relationship with someone who does not share the same values, make sure to set some boundaries and communicate with each other openly.
At the end of the day, it is all about understanding and loving each other. If it does not break your heart to walk the vegan journey alone, there is no need to break up. Keep an open heart and send love to your partner.