I suppose I got lucky in the non-vegan boyfriend department. He is what you would call “vegan-friendly” or an honorary vegan. If you work with each other, it can work.
A degree of respect and acceptance needs to take place.
If I'd chosen another vegan life would be a lot easier, but that's not how love works so you work with what you got and you make it a learning experience. That is, if it is worth it to you.
Mine was worth it to me and apparently it was worth it to him as he has taken the time to understand what being vegan means and what it entails. I, in turn, am not trying to shove veganism completely down his throat.
I offer nutritional guidance, snacks for trips, recommendations for both vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and he makes his own choices from there. I take care of me, he takes care of him and then we take care of each other.
Vegans and non-vegans uniting!
On this specific midweek date night, we took a break from our chaotic schedules and sat down for dinner.
The little genius roasted cashews and garlic in a garlic roaster, sauteed spinach, cooked black rice, made Gardein and bought me flowers (I swoon). We also added some delicious local spices picked up at our Farmers Market and the obligatory nooch.
There was protein, starch, veggies, vitamins, minerals and tons of flavor! He covered all the everything needed for a well rounded vegan meal.
So much to be thankful for and so much tasty goodness.
If you have any questions on vegan/non-vegan relationships or have any words of wisdom on your own personal experience, leave a comment below.