Almost six years ago, I was a steak grilling, cheeseburger loving, pepperoni pizza eating single mother of three carnivore boys when I fell for a vegan! How the hell does that happen? Was it worth it?
We had been friends online for a year. I knew he was a vegan, but that didn’t affect me. What did I care what he ate or didn’t eat? Once we became more than friends, I actually did begin to care. I didn’t know much about veganism, except that it was some sort of diet that excluded animal products. Weren’t most vegans hippies? Weren’t they all sickly thin and undernourished? Who could afford to be a vegan? Wasn’t that a posh lifestyle? What had I got myself into?
Even though I didn’t understand at the time that being a vegan was not a diet, but a compassionate lifestyle, I just started asking questions to get a better grasp on the do’s and don’ts of this craziness. If I admired and respected this man enough to start a relationship with him, I needed to open myself up to understand his lifestyle. But, who doesn’t eat meat? What’s wrong with cheese? And why shouldn’t we have scrambled eggs in the morning for breakfast?
I asked question after question. Where do you get your protein/iron/vitamin B12 from? Yes, I actually went there. I wanted to comprehend his thinking; his way of living.
I received answers that shocked me into opening my eyes. I listened, truly listened intently to his answers, advice, and guidance. My curiosity peaked even more. I researched the vegan movement on my own so I could gain even more knowledge. I bought a vegan cookbook. I tried new vegan meat and dairy alternative products. The impact of a non-vegan society on our climate and Mother Earth surprised and inspired me. The health benefits of veganism were outstanding in their own right. I never ridiculed his lifestyle decisions. The more I learned, the more I grasped at the chance to engage even more, questioning my own lifestyle. Listening and understanding vegan life, whether you practice it or not, goes a long way. How could anyone be against an informed, educated, factual, compassionate life?
Mr. Vegan was nonjudgmental of me, but his eye opening answers showed me the way.
He ended up becoming my wonderful husband, vegan and all. He even moved almost 4000 miles away from the United Kingdom to be with me and the three carnivores. We have been married over three years now.
I have happily and wholeheartedly through education and knowledge jumped into the vegan lifestyle for almost four years now. Like all vegans, I wish I would have done this sooner.
The boys aren’t vegan (yet), but they fully understand the compassionate lifestyle it envelopes.
As for this steak grilling, cheeseburger loving, pepperoni pizza eating mother, she’s now a proud vegan and would never turn back!
Bottom line…….. Don’t let someone’s prejudices or misunderstandings of veganism deter you from dating them just because they don’t “get it”!
People can change!
You may just miss out on the best decision of your life. I’m thankful he didn’t.
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