Chances are there are people in your life who are not vegan. Possibly even the person you love most in the world, and that's ok. It's not that uncommon to find couples where one is vegan, and the other isn't.
You may have met and hit it off with your non-vegan partner, or maybe you decided to become vegan after entering the relationship.
Fear not. There are several ways to make plant-based eating and veganism more appealing to your partner, and there is hope that you can enjoy a journey of both, together.
The following are a few ground rules that will help you both going forward.
1. Don't get preachy
You have undoubtedly learned a lot since becoming vegan, and it's only natural to want to share all of that knowledge with those you love most. But sharing can sometimes come off as preaching. Unless your partner has already made the decision to become vegan and is seeking direction from you, your knowledge can come off sounding preachy or maybe even like a personal attack. Resist the urge to tell them what they should think, do, and be, and concentrate instead on your vegan journey.
2. Be an inspiration
Don't just talk the talk. Walk the walk too. Being a happy, healthy vegan is a great way to show your partner the results of a vegan lifestyle first hand. A plant-based diet is not only delicious and nutritious, but it's also a lot of fun too! Invite your partner to get creative in the kitchen with you making a delicious Three Bean Chili or a Veggie Supreme Pizza.
3. Be flexible
Going vegan is rarely a transition people can make overnight. More often, people have to lean into it. Maybe they start with "Meatless Monday," or they vow no longer to support the leather industry by swearing off leather shoes. Whatever attempts your partner makes, be supportive and encouraging. All those little things add up, and your support and encouragement will create a more loving and willful environment for them to experiment in further.
4. Focus on the things that matter
As a vegan, the things that matter are good health, kindness toward animals, preserving Mother Earth, and being compassionate toward all living things. Don't get caught up in a debate with your partner as to whether or not you think they're falling short in their journey. Focus instead on your journey. Your health, your contribution to animals, your preservation of Mama Earth, and your compassion toward all living beings.