Is it wise for a vegan to date a non-vegan?
In a word, no. Problems will arise.
I know a fair few vegans who went vegan after having married, while their partner remained a meat eater. Not only has this caused arguments, but where kids are involved, it can get pretty difficult.
- Could you stand watching your partner chomp down on ribs while you eat your lentil burger?
- Could you kiss someone after they'd just necked a glass of bovine growth hormones (milk)?
- Could you stand back and watch your partner feed your child chicken wings?
I sure couldn't!
Okay, enough of the horrible visuals already. But the reality is that it's advisable for single vegans to date other vegans, if that is they don't want to run into the aforementioned issues later down the line.
In my opinion, if you can't agree that cruelty to animals is unnecessary, and that meat and dairy is unnecessary in maintaining a healthy diet, I don't hold out much hope for a successful, loving future together.
That's all well and good, you might say, but where can I find another vegan that thinks like me? A vegan looking for romance who shares my love of animals and plant-based foods?
Where can I find someone with interests like animal welfare, permaculture, sustainable living, alternative energy sources, bicycling over driving, organic gardening and all such conscious things?
Enter vegan dating, well, vegetarian and vegan dating, because most sites combine the two groups.
The 3 Best Vegan-Vegetarian Dating Sites
While the big players like Match.com and eHarmony might have vegan and vegetarian members, you're likely to find yourself lost in a sea of meat-eaters and struggling to find matches.
Thankfully, however, the internet has a number of vegan dating sites where like-minded plant eaters can seek each other out.
Mind you though, not all are created equally, as I found out in my research. Indeed, some hardly have any members and, despite some looking the part, many don't appear active at all.
So I researched every vegan/vegetarian (where vegans are also members) dating site and found the 4 best for you to try.
To determine the which ones were the best, I looked how often visitors frequented the site on a monthly basis, dug into the features and pricing, and even checked out their media coverage for feedback.
So here they are, my 4 top vegan dating site picks:
Meetmindful is a huge dating website for people who share values like health and wellness, mindfulness, fitness and conscious eating.
It has a focus on community and meaningful connections, with advanced filtering that enables you to specify the exact lifestyle partner you are and aren't looking for – such as the vegan filter!
The site isn't strictly for vegans of course, but mindful living and conscious eating complement each other and are other synonymous. So naturally there's plenty of vegans and vegetarians on there looking for friendship, romance and love!
You can go free or premium.
A free account enables you to complete a detailed profile with up to six photos and a questionnaire, and allows you to browse and like your favorite matches to let them know you're interested.
You also get 2-days of Premium membership fee, which means you're able to chat directly with your matches, see a full list of who has viewed (and liked!) your profile, and look for matches with advanced search options that filter for diet, mindful living practices, religion, education, and more.
Premium membership is $7 a month (if you sign up for 12 months). Bargain!
Monthly Member Visits: 1.7m
2. Spiritual Singles
Spiritual Singles originally launched online in 1996 and has been serving spiritually-inspired singles such as vegans and vegetarians since. Interestingly, it actually began its life as a paper newsletter back in 1985.
Spiritual Singles has over 85,000 members from all over the world and provides a progressive dating environment for vegans, vegetarian and those who advocate for animal rights.
Here you'll find environmentally conscious people who value the lives of animals and what food they put into their bodies. Membership options range from $10/month to $19/month and include the following:
- Initiate up to 50 emails per day to other members using our internal site email system.
- Initiate unlimited instant messages to other members on the site.
- Upload up to 20 photos to your photo albums.
- See basic astrological compatibility with any member on the site.
Monthly Member Visits: 166,000
Veggie Connection is a not-for-profit site that is supported by volunteers and the financial subsidies of its founder, Ken. On here you'll find vegans, raw-foodists, fruitarians, vegetarians and macrobiotics for romance and friendships. It's a community within itself that boasts a forum, blog and regular polls for its members.
The site is user friendly, albeit a tad out of touch with modern design expectations, with the ability to add up to 52 photos and revise your profile at the click of a button. Time on site per member is high at 8 minutes+, a good sign that users enjoy sticking around.
It's free to join, with subscriptions starting at just $3.33 a month. Silver membership means that recipients must be, or upgrade to, Silver or Gold to reply. Whereas Gold membership means recipients of all levels, including free members, may read and reply.
Monthly Member Visits: 40,000+
Veggie Date is arguably the most popular vegetarian dating site online, so note that in addition to vegans and raw vegans the site includes lacto vegetarians, ovo vegetarians, pescatarians (fish and vegetable eaters), semi-vegetarian and macrobiotic eaters.
More than 400 new members join the site each month, so it's pretty active. It's worth a mention that Veggie Date was a 2013 nominee for best niche dating data.
The site is free to join and browse, but premium members can upload additional photos and send any member (even free members) a message, who in turn will be able to read and respond.
- 1 months for $19.95
- 3 months for $35.95
- 6 months for $45.95
- 12 months for $59.95
Monthly Traffic: 30,000+
Wishing you all the best in your search for conscious love. x