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Could You Date Someone with Different Dietary Habits?

One of my closest friends (hi Juju!) is a vegetarian. Her hubby (hi Wes!) is not. Somehow they don't let this get to them and it all works out. However, I've known couples where this is definitely a deal breaker. So how about you? If you're a vegetarian, could you date a meat eater? And vice versa, if you're a meat eater, could you date a vegetarian? (Or meat eater and vegan, etc...)

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oatmeal_bliss oatmeal_bliss 9 years
When I met my husband, he ate anything. I was vegetarian, and if we made meals together they were vegetarian meals. He never minded or complained. If we went to a restaurant, he would usually order chicken. And it never bothered me. When I went vegan 2 years ago, he out of the blue decided to do the same! So in one day he went from eating everything and anything to eating vegan (no meats or dairy). I thought that was awesome. Now he sees the health benefits I always told him about. And I do not consider vegans to be picky eaters. I'll eat absolutely anything, as long as it does not contain animal products. That leaves a ton of food. I can always find something to eat at any restaurant... even Outback Steak House!
GratefulGrl80 GratefulGrl80 9 years
I grew up on meat and potatoes; i think my first "babyfood" was my mom's chili! When I met my (vegetarian)husband 5 years ago, I ate meat regularly. I love to cook, and seeing that we were inseparable, I gave it a try. I've been vegetarian for 4 years now, and I don't miss the meat at all. I will say though, at first I had dreams of my mother's fried chicken :)
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
Ooops, the rest of my comment got cut for some sinister reason. So yes, to follow up to what I was saying in my above comment... The love of my life happens to be vegan, I have dated and loved people who were not. It CAN create a barrier when lifestyles differ extremely, but it does not have to be, in the end it comes down to the two people involved. I dated a guy once who did not understand or like my choice for being vegan, no matter how much he liked me DESPITE my veganism ;) it still didn't work... I can't be with someone who ridicules me for my choices, that is why I am so happy to have found my love, I would like to think we would be together even if he wasn't vegan, but then he wouldn't be him, so in the end, I think we were simply made for each other ;)
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
I voted "Other" because... it does matter and doesn't matter... I have dated only people who were not vegetarian/vegan until I met the love of my life, who I am with now and hope to be with for a looong time <3 I have loved people who happened to eat meat, yes even though being vegan for me is a very important thing, it is one of my moral issues and also because of hygene... it still is possible to live with someone who does not do so. I couldn't be with someone who would ridicule me for my choices though, I have dated a guy who did not understand my choices for not consuming or using animals, and he just saw it as something strange and silly... it CAN create a barrier. The love of my life happens to be vegan as well, I think no two people were ever made for each other like we are *swooon* I'd like to think we would be together as well if one of us wasn't vegan, but then we wouldn't be us, because it is a big part of our life.
Bukalala Bukalala 9 years
I'm a vegetarian and my boyfriend eats meat. It's not at all a problem. : ]
laralu laralu 10 years
I voted undecided - dating and living with them are different issues. I think I could date someone that has a different diet than me but on the long term, not really. I'm not a vegetarian nor do I enjoy some foods more over others, I've never been picky about it. But I'd feel embarassed if I wanted to go to a restaurant with a particular cuisine and my date would just order some steak and fries because he doesn't like anything on the menu, nor does he want to experiment... so dating yes, probably. But marry someone not really.
Jennie Jennie 10 years
I think eventually it may get in the way! Generally different dietary habits equal different lifestyles.
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
Yes, considering I'm probably the one who would be considered "different" with my eating habits. I'm a lactose intolerant vegetarian and am VERY fussy about the quality of food I eat!
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 10 years
I'm a pescetarian, while my darling is very much in love with meat. Although sometimes he worries that I'm not getting my iron, we have no problems. He just adds meat to everything I cook!
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 10 years
My husband isn't vegetarian, but his family is. Fortunately, they're also Indian, and (in my opinion) Indian food is the only way to go vegetarian. It's so delicious I don't even notice the lack of meat. For me, sharing food is such a bonding experience that I couldn't imagine having married someone with really different food preferences to mine.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
im the same way SU3! well, i dont eat some selected food, and im a creature of habit, so i can eat the same thing over and over! i wouldnt say im PICKY tho :p as a meat eater i would be totally okay with a vegetarian, as long as he respects that i need my meat occassionally too :D
SU3 SU3 10 years
It wouldn't be a problem with me as long as it's not a problem with them. As long as they aren't picky or whine about everything... no problemo! :)
designergirl designergirl 10 years
I love to cook, and I love to cook meat. I really don't think I could be involved with a vegetarian and I would never, ever, under any circumstances date a vegan. I'm sorry, butter and eggs are necessary to make things taste good. It's hard enough that my boyfriend isn't as adventurous an eater as I am- I always have to slowly introduce new flavors to him.
Tech Tech 10 years
I've been a vegetarian my whole life and used to not bother me at all, but now it does. Realistically I wouldn't base an important like decision on someone's eating habits, but I certainly hope the person I choose to spend the rest of my life with is a vegetarian.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
sbgirl - that's hilarious! I hate bananas too!
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
Food is more important to me than politics sometimes. I don't mind if my partner is a vegetarian or has a special diet, but he can't be pushy about it to me and we can just live with our diets together. He doesn't have to eat meat or fish, but he should let me eat what I want. Of course, we should encourage each other to always be healthy eaters.
sbgirl sbgirl 10 years
I hate bananas with a passion and my husband loves them. I really like onions and he hates them! So our deal is that we are only allowed to eat those things when the other person is not present. We tell people it was our pre-nuptial agreement. :)
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I went vegetarian one year for Lent and it really didn't prove to be a big deal. Granted, it was only for a little over a month, but it was more a problem for my in-laws when I visited than it was for my husband.
sigmaration sigmaration 10 years
I used to be a vegetarian, and my girlfriend is an omnivore. I started eating meat again about a year ago, although we still eat vegetarian on a pretty regular basis. It was never a problem, although it is easier now that we both eat the same types of foods.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
My husband only eats chicken, turkey, and fish. I hate fish and don't really care for turkey, plus I love beef and pork. The only meat we have in common is chicken, so sometimes I either cook vegetarian or make two kinds of meat. It's not a big deal.
sexyeyes sexyeyes 10 years
Food is one thing me and my b/f need to have in common to make it work... _____________________________________________________________ Behind every great man, there's a woman rolling her eyes :oy:
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I'm doing it right now. My guy isn't very food adventurous, which is fine with me, as I only like to think that I am. But I enjoy seafood and he doesn't. Bye bye, Red Lobster. Their cheesy garlic bread was fattening anyway. He's also not big on a lot of things that I like, such as chicken. Unless it is chicken parmesan (yum!) or with fettucinni (Yummmy!). One thing we can agree on: burgers!!!!!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Probably too busy eating them! My parents did something similar to me with milk. When I was younger, I only had 2% and then, as I got older, I wasn't sure I wanted skim milk, so they kept a gallon labelled 2% and put skim milk in it. Worked! That's all I drink now!
Food Food 10 years
Budderflie - I love that you replace the oreos with newmans, doesn't he wonder when they don't say oreo??
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
i would, but it would be distracting. I probally would start eating the kind of stuff he would. not good! i really dont know about this one...
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