Since the rise of vegan food awareness in late 2018, it has become common to hear the term ‘plant-based diet’ sprinkled around.
For those who do not know: a plant-based diet refers to a diet which focuses primarily on plant foods. These include the obvious fruits and vegetables, along with nuts, plant oils, legumes, beans and whole grains. In 2025, the consumption of plant-based proteins is projected to double from 8 million tonnes this year to 16.3 million tonnes.
Plant-based Diet equals to Veganism?
However, adopting a plant-based diet is not the same as becoming vegan. According to The Vegan Society, Veganism is a holistic lifestyle that excludes animal food and animal-derived materials as much and practical as possible from daily life. While Plant-based Diet is mostly related to food and entails a food being made entirely out of plants, it does not necessarily be vegan since animal testing or other animal-related practice may still be involved.
Both approaches would significantly reduce the consumption of natural resources, avoid the use of antibiotics, save an invaluable amount of lives, and hence making a positive impact on the environment and health scene. Adopting veganism would need to overcome more restriction in daily life, so practically plant-based diet is more accessible to modern city dwellers.
Transitioning into a plant-based diet
When it comes to maintaining a healthy diet, it is important to equally prioritise fitness and exercise along with food consumption. Research shows that individuals who have adopted a plant-based diet have reported a lower body mass index (BMI) value which can result in lower rates of obesity, diabetes and a variety of heart diseases. This high-fibre, high-water diet promotes a positive eating pattern which makes your gut very happy.
Here are five simple steps to take for those wanting to transition into this diet or experiment with it.
1. Set Realistic Goals – Take One Step at A Time
2. Schedule Prep Time – Plan Ahead
3. Try ‘Meatless Mondays’
David Yeung, founder and CEO of Green Monday, is an advocate of the concept of ‘Meatless Mondays’. Why not replace meat with an innovative product such as The Beyond Burger which Yeung’s team has introduced in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Hotel chains such as JW Marriot have also joined the meat-alternatives space, serving OmniPork as an option across their world-class menus. Meanwhile, the entire outlet of BaFang Yunji in Taiwan has launched plant-based dumplings in collaboration with OmniPork.
4. Make It A Social Activity – Find Support
November was World Vegan Month, and many businesses around the region took part by adopting a special menu. One such group was Singapore’s Grand Hyatt, which featured forums about veganism and plant-based diets.
Another way to promote this trend among the workforce is to take a cooking class with colleagues. In Thailand, the famous May Kaidee cooking school promotes vegetarian Thai dishes and desserts. It has become world famous, drawing students from more than 50 countries. With many businesses adopting more plant-based options on their menus or hosting special cooking classes, it is becoming increasingly easy for people to come together to enjoy healthy, green meals.