Living in a household where you’re the only person who has decided to go vegan is difficult. You changed not only what you eat, but your whole way of life – and it can be a stressful experience.
When family members, roommates or a loving partner don’t share the same enthusiasm about your lifestyle choice, arguments are bound to happen.
Life can’t always be easy when you’re the odd one out, but it doesn’t have to be a constant war either. Here are some helpful tips on how to manage your everyday life as a vegan in a non-vegan household.
Resistance: Don’t Take It Too Personal
The resistance you sometimes get from other people has nothing to do with you personally.
If they have declined the idea of going vegan or they don’t want to hear any of the things you’ve been researching, that doesn’t mean they hate you. We all have our issues, daily struggles, and our journeys with food, so it’s best not to take it to heart.
It’s important to reassure the people close in your life that you are still you. You’re still the same person even if you changed your eating habits.
So many non-vegans have this fear that the person is going to change and going to be judgemental. Show them that you still hold the character traits they always appreciated about you. You are the same person they went through many situations in life together.
Find a Like-Minded Community
If your partner in crime isn’t interested in topics such as factory farming, environmental impacts, then it’s crucial to find a like-minded community. That way, you can stay passionate about vegan-related topics and issues. In such a community, you may also share all the delicious vegan recipes you’ve tried with other interested people.
It works even if they’re non-vegan per se, but like cooking in general. Seek out an online community whose interests are close to your vegan lifestyle. That way you can get your “vegan fix” outside your home. You will feel less disappointed and frustrated as you weren’t able to share all your interests with the people at home.
Combine Your Efforts
One way to bring your interests closer to your non-vegan loved ones is to share certain activities where you practice both lifestyles. For instance, you can order the meat-eater to prepare the meat for dinner, while you cook some tasty vegan side dishes, so you can both enjoy a great meal that you’ve made together.
Baking a delicious vegan dessert is also a great way of getting closer together. Show them that it isn’t all that different from regular baking and spending time in the kitchen. You could also go shopping together, and introduce themm to new products they might’ve never paid much attention to before.
Find Vegan-Friendly Establishments and Restaurants
With resources like happycow.net, it’s easy to find vegan-friendly places you can visit together and enjoy socializing. Together you can enjoy your tasty vegan meals while they something of their liking. Or they might be curious and experiment with trying out something new.
The most important thing is that you seek out places where everyone has an option suited to them. You will have much more natural opportunities to show them how amazing vegan food can be.
Seek New Adventures
Try out new things together. Go on a hike or swimming, see a good movie, plan some fun weekend activities. Your lifestyle choices shouldn’t only portray your time spent together.
Seek out a diverse range of activities you can enjoy together and try out something new whenever you can. These are the moments you’ll remember and hold on to.