However, most people she meets are inquisitive rather than offensive about her values.
For example, there will be no romantic chocolates on the leather sofa or surprise steak dinners involved.
Maya Gottfried, a New York-based writer who turned vegan eight years ago, has collated advice on how to navigate the dating world when you are meat, egg, dairy and leather-free into a new book “And I was healthier, cutting disease-causing animal proteins from my diet.
Think of how much happier you will be if your celebration of love didn’t cause cruelty to living beings.” While vegans have often been accused of being worthy or ‘preachy’, Gottfried is adamant that is not what she is trying to do with her book.
“The idea of writing Vegan Love was not to be a guru, but to share the experiences of many people, so that readers can learn from a collective wisdom.
But people around me questioned how a prospective partner might react to finding out I was vegan, and I admittedly had my own worries.” Proud of her dietary choice, Gottfried decided to be transparent about her veganism and even added it to her online dating profile.
She found this only encouraged a positive response as the men she dated knew about her lifestyle ahead of meeting her and more often than not were very interested in it.“I wanted to show vegan and aspiring vegan women that there’s nothing to be afraid of but fear itself when it comes to dating.When we are confident and happy in our own lives, others are drawn to us.“I was never insulted, or rejected in any way because of my lifestyle.I found that the fear that being vegan would deem me high maintenance was just a fear, and when I was confident about my lifestyle, others embraced it, too.” Including her own experiences as well as that of 30 other vegan women and their partners, the book contains advice ranging from where to meet people (vegan charity events, vegetable festivals and searching for vegans on dating apps are a good idea) date and where to shop for vegan-free clothing and make-up.This self-doubt is the biggest obstacle vegan women face when dating, Gottfried thinks.