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5 Tips for Dating a Non-Vegan or Vegetarian (Tips for reducing meat consumption in partner)

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By: Briana M.

Some vegetarians and vegans may not be open to dating on non-veg at all. This can be difficult and limit your pool of options, though. If you are considering dating a non-veg, here are some tips for reducing their meat consumption and some things to keep in mind.

1. Realize that most likely they will not become a vegan or vegetarian just because they are dating you. Make sure you are okay with this situation. You will not be changing your diet by suddenly eating meat to accommodate theirs and likewise you cannot expect them to do the same, even if it is the more ethical choice.  If you date for a long time, there is a good chance they will at least reduce their intake of meat and/or dairy products.

2. Suggest you favorite vegan and vegetarian restaurants for dates. This is a good way for them to see that the food can be good! 

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3. Cook with them and expose them to new foods, especially foods that can be good replacements for meat. This is another way to let them see how doable a veg diet can be. A couple of my favorite veggie burgers include black bean sweet potato burgers and chickpea butternut squash burgers. Falafel, eggplant, mushrooms, and tofu are all also good filling non-meat foods. If they don’t like something at first, try cooking it in a different way. My husband thought he didn’t like avocado until I had fed it to him several times and now he loves it! So don’t give up. 

4. Let them see certain advantages of not eating meat. If they grocery shop with you they may see how much cheaper it can be to not buy meat. If they begin a conversation about the environment, let them know about how reducing meat consumption positively affects it, etc.food_receipt_shutterstock_39006397

5. At the same time, don’t be too in-their-face or pushy, especially at first. This might push them away in the relationship and also might give them a bad feeling about being a veg as well. I think the best choice is, over time, occasionally suggesting a documentary or book to them to help them understand where you are coming from. If they ask questions, answer them.

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Brand Spotlight: The Elephant Pants

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By: Briana M.

Shopping that helps animals? Sounds good to me! The Elephant Pants is a brand that began as a Kickstarter and donates $1-$2 of every item you purchase to the African Wildlife Foundation. The money goes to AWF’s Say No Campaign which attempts to remove the demand for illegal wildlife products like ivory by creating more public awareness.

The pants themselves (and shorts, jewelry, and home goods) can be found at www.theelephantpants.com. They didn’t get their name solely from their desire to help elephants though, every product they sell has at least one elephant on it. All of their products also have a sort of hippie-vibe to them.

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Their pants and are both stylish and comfortable- nice for comfortable casual wear and especially great for all the yogis out there. It appears yogis are already flocking to this brand in general. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and they even have a design for kids. The pants have pockets and are one-size-fits-all which can be good for many, but difficult to gauge if it will fit for others.

The jewelry is cute and they also have several options. The store has enough variation in wearable items that you can find something to your liking but also not so much that you have to scroll through tons of pages deciding what you like best. The Home-goods section is more focused on tapestries (and a single stuffed elephant) but they are attractive and varied as well. The items found on this site are a great personal purchase and also a good gift idea for your elephant-loving friend.

Elephants are one of the most intelligent species on our planet. They have been found to be highly altruistic and form close knit societies which humans have been destroying through various means such as culls. Some believe elephants to be the only other species to cry in the same way we do. If you would like to help elephants in other ways you can donate to an elephant sanctuary here in our country (or another). Often you are given the opportunity to “adopt” an elephant. If you would like to help the elephants abroad there are a variety of other organizations as well, and you can research other ways to help also (like only buy fair trade coffee). You can find some of the other various projects that the African Wildlife Foundation is currently engaged in on their website: www.awf.org.

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WATCH: A horrid Fire Bull Fiesta Festival in Spain

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We have seen some stupid things in life, but this tops nearly everything. In the unfortunate video below we see a Spanish festival called El Toro Jubilo Festival, a fire bull fiesta in the town of Medinaceli, Spain. The bull is very forcefully held down by a minority bunch of savage idiots that exist in our species. They then attach flammable material to the bulls horns and set it on fire.

The majestic bull is seen frightened and helpless trying to escape and put out the fire on it’s head as ruthless bystanders cheer on, as if they’re watching real entertainment. The cruelty is second to none and awareness must be raised to stop festivals of this sort.

The bull is a beautiful, and in some parts of the world even a sacred animal. It, just like every other living creature, has the right to live a natural peaceful life, just as much as the idiots that attended this festival.

You can help stop bullfighting by abandoning anything that is bullfighting related, and writing letters, or petitions to the respective governments. Got more ideas, then comment below.

Stop Bullfighting and Lettuce Love!

 

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Altering Your Diet for Love

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For the first time in my life, I am in a long term relationship with someone who also does not eat meat. This is remarkable for a couple reasons. First of all, I no longer have to deal with the awkwardness of going someplace with her and declining when offered meat. I have a united front against whatever incredulity might be bandied my way. Second of all, cooking at home has become a breeze because we don’t have to worry about making one meal for her and one meal for me. Roasted brussel sprouts and risotto with goat cheese is one of our favorites. Third, it’s lovely to be in a relationship where salads are a common denominator that doesn’t look like this:

 

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Seriously, this blog is hilarious: womenlaughingalonewithsalad.tumblr.com/page/19

But what’s interesting about our dietary relationship is that there’s an added wrinkle: she can’t eat gluten.  And she’s not gluten free because she thinks it’ll be good for her health or anything like that. She can’t eat it because it’ll make her sick. Which is more than I can say about my vegetarianism. For me, my dietary restriction is a choice. And so for the first time in my life, I find myself in a place where my significant other doesn’t eat something that I eat (and I eat a lot of gluten). Suddenly, I am in the position that every single one of my previous girlfriends was in. And now I get it.

I never really took into account how accommodating previous girlfriends had to be about my dietary choices until I had to alter my own diet (ever so slightly) for someone I love. My current girlfriend has so been accommodating that she gave up meat just because it was easier for us if she did. I’ve never had meat, but I know that’s a sacrifice. So while dating gluten free has occasionally been difficult (some restaurants seem to go out of their way to put gluten in their food), I’ve realized diet alteration is something my loved ones have been doing for me my entire life. The absolute least I can do is pay it forward. And it’s nice to know my relationship is more akin to this:

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Rather than this:

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And yes. That’s my second plug for Women Laughing Alone With Salad.

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You’ll thank me.

 

Colin Hinckley

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WATCH: Plant Strong & Healthy Living – Rip Esselstyn

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This is a great TEDx talk by Rip Esselstyn explaining benefits of a Plant-based nutrition. He very informatively describes the meat products that are described to be “real mens” food and destroys why they are in actuality bad for very cell in your body. From clogged up arteries to erectile dysfunction.

He challenged his friends to take on a plant-based diet to renew their health. Listen below to find out what happened.

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The Veggie and the Omnivore: Dietary Dating Compromise

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By Paul Payabyab-Cruz

In a world where Omnivorism is the norm, it is likely that as a Vegan or Vegetarian you will be interested in someone who eats meat. Depending on how stringent you are about your lifestyle, this can be a difficult obstacle to overcome, and can cause conflict even between a Vegan and Vegetarian.

For the Veggies out there who feel love is worth compromise, here are some you can expect:

Settling for an Omnivore restaurant

I love going to veggie restaurants. I can order without feeling demanding by asking to make a dish Vegan, I don’t have to double check to make sure what I ordered had the right graphic next to it, and I can avoid feeling paranoid that a piece of undetectable meat slipped its way in from another dish cooked on the same grill.

If you are dating an Omnivore, you won’t have this comfort every time you go out to eat. Assuming they’re open to checking out some of your favorite Veggie spots, it’s important to allow them to take you to their favorite spots. As normal as Veggie menus might look for us, it can be intimidating to someone recently introduced to your lifestyle. If they are willing to come into your world, they just might be worth the compromise.

Cooking Meat in your Home

Most of my friends are Omnivores, so I am around people eating meat all the time. However, I’m still uncomfortable watching it.

If you’re the same way, home can be a safe haven where your lifestyle and beliefs are uninterrupted. But unless you never plan to have your romantic partner over for dinner, you may have to allow meat to be consumed in your home. You might say “Why? Meat isn’t necessary; they should eat it on their own time!” I understand this, but if you plan on getting serious with this person there is a chance you will move in together. In this case, having an all veggie house can cause tension avoidable with compromise.

I have set boundaries by asking my partner to cook their own meat, and with separate cookware. This allows me to comfortably separate myself from the consumption of meat. This may be one of the harder compromises, but to some eating meat is as important as your favorite veggie is to you. Imagine if you were asked to refrain from eating leafy greens by your Omnivorous partner.

Picking Up Animal Products at the Market

Being a Vegan/Vegetarian, it is nearly impossible to imagine buying a dozen eggs or a steak when grocery shopping. This next tip may be a challenge, but sometimes you and your partner may not be able to go the grocery store together.

If certain animal products are a staple for your partner, it’s worthwhile to compromise and pick up what they need, as you may need them to do the same for you next time you run out of tempeh and can’t make it to the market. You can set a boundary by making sure you aren’t personally buying the products, such as by establishing separate funds for each other’s dietary needs.

Love can come unexpectedly. The person you want to spend your time or your life with might not be a Vegan or Vegetarian. If this is the case, compromise and understanding are necessary on both sides. At first this might be uncomfortable, but if you are compassionate and communicative with one another, a rhythm can be established to nurture a loving relationship between the Veggie and the Omnivore.

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PETA’s reptile skin trade investigation video

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PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) have recently released a shocking investigation video on some of the fashion industry’s use of Crocodile and Alligator skin. The video shows the brutal treatment of Crocodiles and Alligators in Zimbabwe. Luxury fashion brands such as Hermès are one of the buyers in this horrific trade. 

Reptiles such as Crocodiles and Alligators generally live a much longer life than Humans in the wild. Don’t be the one that the reptiles die for. Let them be, and Lettuce Love.

See video below. Warning: Video contains the honest truth of the Reptile Skin industry (Slaughter and Blood).

 

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7 Things Meat Eaters Say To Vegetarians/ Vegans

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Being either vegetarian or vegan, you are probably no stranger to the following statements and questions that some meat eaters simply can’t help but say to vegetarians, having most likely heard them countless times.   So without further ado, here are those 7 famous remarks..

7. “You eat fish, right?”

Usually followed by, “fish aren’t animals..”.  Politely informing them that people who include fish in their diet are not vegetarians, but rather pescatarians, seems to have no prevail, sigh. Fish are friends, not food!

6. “Animals don’t have brains, they’re stupid”

Animals feel pain as real as you or I, and do indeed have brains of course. Various studies have shown that pigs can outperform 3 year old children on cognition tasks and many animal experts consider them more trainable than cats or dogs.

5. “You can’t love animals that much, you’re eating all their food”

Humans eating plant-based foods has never and will never cause animals to starve, it’s the exact opposite. Humans breed billions of animals a year to eat them, in fact, the only reason 80 million+ humans are starving to death is because we feed 50% of our crops to the animals we breed for the meat industry. Besides, I know I’d rather share some of my carrots than have someone chew on my leg!

4. “Plants have feelings too!!”

Most of us veggies have been called a ‘plant murderer’ by non-veggies trying (and failing) to be funny, but the fact is plants are not sentient and do not feel any pain; this has been proven scientifically. Even if this was true, it does not minimize the reality than animals feel every bit of pain that we out upon them.

3. “Mmmmm bacon..”

This seems to be the height of humour for some meat-eaters!

2. “If animals weren’t meant to be eaten why do they taste so good!”

Human flesh most likely tastes similar to the flesh of other animals, some have said it is very similar to pork, does that make it OK to devote your entire life to satisfying someone’s tastebuds to then slaughter and serve you with some roast potatoes?

And my personal favourite…

1. “Where do you get your protein?!”

We’ve all heard it, and  it’s probably the most common thing that meat eaters say to vegans; as soon as you mention that you don’t consume animal flesh everyone around you suddenly becomes an expert on protein sources. While  animal’s bodies do contain the protein that they need to survive (of which they have acquired from plants), they also contain heaps of cholesterol and fat, so why filter your nutrients through the body of another animal? Foods in the legume family are excellent sources of veggie protein just one cup of green peas contains 7.9 grams of protein, the same as a cup of milk. Quinoa not only contains more than 8 grams of protein per cup, it contains all nine essential amino acids that the body needs for growth and repair, while nearing 0% fat. Just two cups of kidney beans contains 26 grams of protein, which is more than a big mac! These are only 3 of the many sources of cruelty-free and cholesterol-free protein a vegan has to choose from.

By Grace Murray Rowley