For the love of bacon: Vegetarians, don’t make your date quit meat

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It seems singles aren’t willing to sacrifice sizzling steaks for a lifetime of salads.

More than three-quarters of Canadians would dump a vegetarian if forced to choose between their relationship and meat, according to a recent survey by dating site  EliteSingles.

Thankfully, few vegetarians would make that demand of their partner. But the sheer thought of being converted to a meat-free diet is still enough to turn off nearly 20 per cent of Canadian carnivores from dating a vegetarian.

Psychologist Salama Marine, of EliteSingles, admits dating someone with different food preferences can be challenging. She says it’s comparable to inter-faith dating.

What’s at ‘steak?’

The hardest part of “inter-diet” dating for both is cooking together.

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It’s as intimate as you can get without taking your clothes off, she explains.

Family dinners might be “annoying,” Marine adds, if your date doesn’t eat like everyone else and requires a separate menu.

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It might be why fewer meat eaters than vegetarians (86 per cent compared to 90 per cent) are open to a serious relationship with the opposite camp.

It can work, though.

“If you’re in love, you can find a way to adapt to each other,” Marine says.

The survey shows when asked nicely, close to half of meat eaters are willing to go “semi”-vegetarian. One-third would agree not to eat meat in front of their partner.

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Close to a quarter would even forgo delicious meat dishes in the name of love.

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Just don’t force it through an ultimatum, if you’re a vegetarian.

“It always makes people unhappy and doesn’t bring anything good.”

And based on the numbers, this is one ultimatum you’ll likely lose.



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