In recent years, scientists have confirmed that following a vegan or plant-based diet is one of the best ways to reduce environmental impact, on account of the widespread deforestation that is happening to meet global demands of meat and dairy.
For Joyce Shih, this was yet another reason for her to continue her plant-based journey, which started with a shift into vegetarianism at only 13 years old after learning about the cruelty of the meat industry. And as a Pilates instructor, she was later drawn to the health benefits of following a plant-based diet, which she explains is not quite the same as the term 'vegan', despite many using these terms interchangeably:
"Vegans avoids all animal by-products including meat, eggs, dairy and honey for ethical reasons, but this choice also extends beyond diet into lifestyle decisions. With the plant-based diet, there is a bigger health element that comes into play. It focuses more on consuming plants and whole foods, rather than processed foods."
In Malaysia, there are many F&B establishments such as Sala, Licky Chan, Hungry Tapir and Kind Kones, which are now catering to vegetarians and vegans, but eating out every day may be difficult for the average person. The all-round fitness and health guru shares her tips on how to incorporate plant-based meals into your daily life.