The Top 5 Ways To Meet Other Raw Vegan and Veggie-Minded People

Did you recently become raw or vegan and don’t really know any other raw or vegan like-minded people? Have you been raw for a while and already know some other raw vegans, but are curious as to how to meet more? Are you single and want the next person you date to have the same lifestyle as you?
Whatever the reason, if you are following a raw or vegan diet, you probably want to meet other people along a similar path. A recent survey I conducted on our Facebook Fan page at Raw Food Fans Website indicates this to be true. This blog post will show you the top 5 ways to meet other raw vegans and veggie-minded people.

Facebook Groups - I LOVE Facebook’s new option to join or create various Groups. They have groups for literally every topic of interest! I created my own, called “Raw Food World-Class Leaders” which was created to join together authors, chefs and vegan entrepreneurs. (Drop me a line if you are interested in joining). There are literally thousands of Groups….and if you don’t find a group you are looking for, you can simple create your own!  I log into my various groups EVERY DAY! You can connect with friends all over the world who share the same interest. It’s free, and great to meet other like-minded people.

Veggiedate.com – If you are looking for a love connection in the veggie world, Veggiedate can’t be beat. You can search for potential partners who follow a variety of eating choices (vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, even macrobiotic). They are offering a free two-week membership right now, so try it out. I once attempted to use it to meet new guy friends, but wasn’t successful. Veggiedate is best used to use when trying to make a love connection for casual dating, long-term relationship, or even marriage.

Meetup.com- Meetup.com is a great way to meet friends and network with like-minded individuals no matter where in the world you live. Escape from the virtual world and meet like-minded friends face-to-face!   Each meetup group hosts different events so you can attend social gatherings, dinners, and other fun activities. Meetup is free, so sign up on their website and start looking for meet up events that appeal to your preferred activities and lifestyle.

Join WorldPeaceMastery.com – This online program is incredible for meeting like-minded movers and shakers looking to change the world. You have access to an exclusive membership forum and connect with incredible people all over the world. I loved working with Dr. Will Tuttle to create this training program and community forum. I have met many of the facilitators in person and have never experienced such an enriching program that helps to spread the message of bloodless revolution. This is also a perfect group if you are or want to start making a living spreading the message of plant-based diet, peace, and compassion.

Host a Potluck Dinner – You can host a potluck dinner or other type of event for raw vegans or vegans. This works best if you already know other raw vegans, because you can ask them to invite some of their like-minded friends. You can network with others in your Meetup groups or find friends on the Facegroup Groups who live in the area.

When trying to meet and befriend other vegans, general social rules apply. Do not come on too strong, as that will make others uncomfortable. Just ask people polite questions and listen to their answers. When getting to know other raw vegans, you have the advantage of already having something big in common. That means you can start conversation about being a raw vegan.

Feel free to try and make friends with anyone even if they are not a raw vegan. Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, and who knows? You might just influence the friend next door towards a better lifestyle through your own example. It is best not to preach and try to “convert” others to your lifestyle. Just be who you are, share the love, and the rest will follow.

If you come across negative people, which is inevitable, limit your time with them. You cannot change those who are not ready. The people making fun of you are just insecure about their own lifestyle and starting to question if they are on the right path. Remember, do not take it personal. Be the example of health, happiness, and love and you will attract the right people to you. For more on this, I recommend reading “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.

How about you? What are your favorite ways to meet other like-minded friends?  I’d love to hear from you, and feel free to post links to your favorite websites below.

 

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» tarap said: { Jun 7, 2011 - 06:06:22 }

Hi everyone, I like your ideas Steve. It is so important to not be judgmental, we were more than likely in the same place as the person we are talking to at some point. We hear this advice all the time however do we remember to practice it? Perhaps that person will never be in the place you are, perhaps they will excel beyond you. What they will remember about you is how you made them feel. When we acquire new knowledge it is very easy to become so energized by this that we want to tell everyone. Sometimes it is heard as, “you must change, you are not good enough”. I can say that people have reacted to me in this very way when I thought that was not my intention (especially those close, like family). How do you share knowledge or teach without sounding like you are trying to change someone? After all that is what you are doing. It is a fine art, I am still working on this myself, the best I can say is just love them. Also, not taking it personally, as Steve mentioned, is helpful for both sides of the conversation. I have a new meet-up group that is growing very nicely, it is called Vegan Peace and is located at http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Peace-Los-Angeles-and-Orange-County/ There are several events in June and July and my intentions include inspiring non-vegans and vegetarians and connecting the vegan and animal activist community. Our event at Au Lac will include Compassion Over Killing and Vegan Toastmasters as well as Dr. Will Tuttle. Connecting with existing outreach organizations and groups has been
very helpful for me to connect with incredible like-minded people. Verna, I am glad that we haven’t completely alienated you! You keep coming back, so something in your heart is really drawing you to this way. What I hear you saying is, please be kinder to me vegan, walk your talk. I look forward to meeting you, and hopefully I will be walking my talk.

» Janeen said: { Jun 7, 2011 - 08:06:18 }

Hi Steve!

Thanks so much for your words of wisdom. I wanted you to know that your advice is very important. Thanks for sharing.

I also wanted you to know that I agree with you totally! You’re right!

You make a difference in people’s lives, and I appreciate you for what you’re doing Steve, to help people seek out and influence other people in turn!

Bravo!!! Keep up the good work, Steve.

You, as would others I hope, realize that we are created in this lifetime to be of assistance to our fellow beings and may our Higher Power smile on you, and I send you and yours a friendly hug, as well!

I am happy to say that I influenced Justin, the founder of a dating site to include a “herbivorous lifestyle” option, ranging from the check-off boxes of: Vegetarian/Vegan/Rawfood-Living-Food/Fruitarian and “Other” (here there’s room to fill in the blank what that other type of herbivorous style is, could be macrobiotic, etc., etc.) isn’t that an accomplishment?

Well, in case anyone you know might be interested in it, this web site’s URL is http://www.supertova.com and it is growing fast in numbers of members worldwide…although it does not only have people who are herbivorous of course, many of the members just ignore that field entirely, or some fill it out with other as meaning meat eaters…who occasionally also like fruit salad, ha, ha, ha… (maybe he should have included an “omnivorous” choice? Ha, ha, ha… It’s so interesting to see other others responded to this profile question, Steve!)

What are your experience(s) (if any) with breatharianism, or adopting the inadia diet for a limited time, let’s say for 21 days? (total abstention of food and drink not even water) is it extremely dangerous? I tried it just for three days but gave up because my urine was too concentrated, acidic and burning, and was advised from a religious leader that it was prohibited to take such a risk… do you concur?

Thanks for your kind anticipated response!

Blessings,
Janine

» FawnM said: { Jun 10, 2011 - 05:06:08 }

Great list of resources, Steve. Thanks! I too have adopted a path of non-judgement (or try, at least) and am as comfortable in a mixed dietary group as one comprised of vegans or rawists. No one diet is right for every body. I advocate sustainability, nutrient density, conscious eating, and humane practices-regardless the diet. That’s helped me maintain an open mind 🙂 Thanks for the post!

» rodney said: { Apr 9, 2012 - 12:04:49 }

I congradualate this idea of the good way of living and sharing kindness throughout the planet we live in/