Avi needs our help. She’s a clean-living, non-dairy type. Her husband loves Maccas. Now she’s worried about what to do when the kids come along…
People are often shocked to find out that I am a vegan and my husband is a meat-eater.
When people find out that I am a vegan, their first question is whether my husband is a vegan too. When I reply that he isn’t, his preferred meal is steak and chips, there is utter disbelief on their face.
“But how do you LIVE together?”
Well, for the most part peacefully, unless he is annoying me or I have PMS. In which case, he may sometimes fear for his life.
But they aren't really talking about living peacefully together. What they are talking about is how can a non-meat eater and a meat-eater live under the one roof. It seems like meals are an impossibility. They aren't.
(For those super interested, we just have vegan dishes and he adds meat when he feels like it. So roast vegetables and he adds steak. Cooking vegan and non-vegan sausages. Do-able.)
To keep it interesting, we are also on completely different wave lengths in terms of food choices.
My husband is all about the tried-and-tested choice - if he hasn't had it before, then he most likely won't be overly keen to give it a go. He also thinks there is nothing wrong with enjoying McDonald's every once in a while and soft drinks aren't bad enough to avoid.
Whereas me, well I am a "Yay, I've heard about these Kale Chips, I can't wait to try these when we get home" while my husband pulls a "you are going to make me vomit" face. I am also a McDonald's hater (sorry, Ronald). And as far as flavoured drinks go, mint in water is awesomeness (I do have soft drink, but just diet to avoid the sugar and massive caffeine dose). I also get excited at herbal tea combinations like ginger and lemon, sprinkle chai seeds, linseeds and sunflower seeds on my soy yoghurt fruit salad in the morning and explore the benefits of going gluten-free just for kicks.
But we still live peacefully. Just the two of us. And my husband still loves me for it. Even though when I went vegan, he asked "Is this going to ruin our relationship?" Clearly, it didn't, as he proposed to me one month later.