Almost six years ago, I was a steak grilling, cheeseburger loving, pepperoni pizza eating single mother of three carnivore boys. Then I fell in love with a vegan! How the hell does that happen? Was it worth it? Can a meat eater and a vegan truly be happy together?
We had been friends online for a year. I knew he was a vegan it didn’t affect me. What did I care what he ate or didn’t eat? After we became intimate, I began to want to understand more. 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?
Being a vegan was not a diet but a compassionate lifestyle.
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. According to a 2018 Gallup poll, only 5%-8% of Americans don’t eat meat. What’s wrong with cheese? And why shouldn’t we have scrambled eggs in the morning for breakfast?
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. Because I loved him, I wanted to understand more about his lifestyle.
I received answers that shocked me into opening my eyes. I listened, truly listened intently to his answers, advice, and guidance. My curiosity peaked. As a result, I began to research the vegan movement. I bought a vegan cookbook and 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. I learned and the more I understood, I questioned my own lifestyle. Listening and understanding vegan life goes a long way. How could anyone be against an informed, educated, factual, compassionate life?
Mr. Vegan was nonjudgmental about my questions. Therefore he gave me honest answers.
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). They fully understand the compassionate lifestyle it envelopes. I believe it’s a decision they need to make on their own.
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.
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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