I think the biggest challenge in relationship between a vegan/vegetarian and a beefeater, is about values. A lot of therapists have said that it is imperative for people in relationships to have similar interests in order to stay together.
That might be true to some extent, but one thing I have found is that there is at least one thing even more important (except maybe from Love!) and that is to share common values!
Similar values are no guarantee that the relationship will last forever, but it is a prerequisite that makes a lot of things a lot easier.
Being Vegan, Vegetarian and Beefeater represents different valuesystems. There are probably a lot of reasons to go Vegan and it is vitally important to be very clear about which values are the foundation of the choice you have made as a vegen or a vegetarian.
The reason for eating meat is very often very centered about ‘ME’! I love meat, it tastes great and I can’t live without it and I don’t care if animals have to suffer and die.
The reasons for being vegan or vegetarian are much different. They can be personal because some people simply don’t like meat or they get sick when eating meat. The reasons can also be based on a larger thing than ‘ME’. It could be animal welfare or ecology – which include other sentient beings than me. It could be a compassion for animals or the globe.
What ever the reason is it is very important to be clear about your values. If you are not on the same page the relationship will most likely not work out in the long run.
If you are able to talk about, accept and respect a very different attitude than yours, then it might work.