Vegan and Non-Vegan Relationships

Vegan and Non-Vegan Relationships: 3 Important Tips to Make Them Work

It’s no secret that vegan and non-vegan relationships can be complex. But with a little bit of effort, they can work! Want to know how many people manage to make their relationship work, regardless of whether you or your partner are vegan? Then you are at the right place. 

You will learn about communication, compromise, and how to handle disagreements. So, whether you’re just starting a new relationship, or you’ve been together for years, read on for some helpful advice!

Veganism and omnivore diet – the difference

Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes all animal products, including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. Non-veganism or the omnivore diet is the dietary opposite of veganism; someone who follows a non-vegan diet may consume any or all of these animal products.

Oftentimes, veganism is driven by ethical concerns for animals. For example, vegans may believe that it is morally wrong to kill animals for food or to use them for other purposes such as testing or entertainment.

Non-vegans may hold different ethical beliefs about animals, or they may not have considered the issue at all. Whatever the reason for their dietary choices, it’s important to remember that everyone has different values and beliefs.

Vegan and non-vegan relationships

If you’re in a relationship with someone who chooses to eat differently than you do, it’s important to be respectful of each other’s choices. Veganism is not a fad diet; for many vegans, it is a deeply held belief system.

Likewise, non-vegans should respect their partner’s decision to live vegan. On the other hand, if the vegan in the relationship doesn’t respect the non-vegan, it will also be hard to have a successful relationship.

Vegan and non-vegan relationships can work! The key things you can do to make your vegan-non-vegan relationship successful are to communicate openly about your values, compromise, seek alternatives that make both happy, and manage disagreements as they happen – not when months pass by.

Tip #1: Communication 

Communication is critical in any relationship, but it’s especially important when you have different dietary restrictions. You and your partner need to be able to openly discuss your beliefs and values around food.

What are your reasons for being vegan? What does veganism mean to you? How do you feel about your partner eating animal products?

It’s also important to discuss practical considerations, such as how you will handle food shopping, cooking, and dining out. By having these conversations early on, you can avoid potential conflict down the road.

Tip #2: Compromise

Compromise is another important aspect of any relationship. You may not always be able to eat at the same restaurant or make the same meals at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to compromise.

Maybe you eat out at a vegan restaurant one night and a non-vegan restaurant the next. Or maybe you take turns cooking dinner so that each person can make the meals they want. Whatever you do, it’s important to be flexible and willing to compromise.

Tip #3: Managing disagreements

Disagreements are inevitable in any relationship, but they can be especially tricky in vegan-non-vegan relationships. If you find yourself disagreeing with your partner about veganism, try to remember that there is no way to force someone on your beliefs.

Everyone has different values, and it’s important to respect your partner’s choices. If you’re having trouble seeing eye-to-eye, try to have a calm and respectful conversation about your different viewpoints.

Remember that you’re on the same team; even though you may not always agree, ultimately, you’re working towards the same goal: a happy and healthy relationship.

The conversation you must have about vegan and non-vegan relationships

If you are vegan and your partner is not, there are several questions you have to ask yourself. Think deeply about them and better yet, ask your partner about them.

An open, non-judgmental, and non-confrontational conversation is the best thing you can do in this situation to make your relationship successful.

  • Who does most of the cooking in your household?
  • Can you live in a household where meat is being cooked?
  • Are you willing to buy meat even if you don’t eat it?
  • Are you willing to cook meat if your partner expects that from you?
  • Will it bother you that your partner does not share the same values?
  • Can you talk to your partner about veganism and why you decided to go vegan?
  • Is there mutual respect between you two?
  • Is your partner willing to try new foods?
  • Does your partner want to learn about veganism?
  • Does your partner support your decision to be a vegan?
  • Will your partner eat vegan food if you cook it?
  • Does your partner have compassion for animals?
  • Can you accept your partner eating meat?

Is it possible to be in a successful relationship with a non-vegan?

Yes, it is possible to have successful vegan and non-vegan relationships. But it requires honest and open communication, mutual respect, support, a feeling of safety, and understating. But then again, every relationship requires that.

Key takeaways

Vegan and non-vegan relationships can be difficult to maintain, but with a bit of effort, they can be successful. Here are a few tips to help make your relationship work: 

  1. Communication is key. Make sure that you talk openly with each other about your dietary restrictions and why they are important to you.
  2. Be respectful of each other’s choices. veganism is very important to some people, while others may see it as just a diet choice. No matter what, respect each other’s viewpoints.
  3. Don’t force your partner to change their lifestyle or diet – this will only lead to resentment and conflict.


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Hi, I’m Petra and for most of my life, I was an omnivore. A vegan couple made me curious about veganism, so I did some research. What I found out about the animals, our planet, and the health benefits of a vegan diet made me go vegan overnight. It’s been 5 years now and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life.

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