Meet Amy, a Mental Health Researcher living in Hong Kong and also a vegan passionate in promoting sustainable wellbeing.
Amy turned vegetarian first about 7 years ago then vegan a year later.
What triggered her to make the change was the teaching of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh in a Mindfulness Retreat. Before that, she never realize the connection between meat consumption and animal suffering, she wasn't even aware the meat she was eating was once a living animal which also has emotional feeling like a human being.
For her, the change to cut meat was no-brainer, she just stopped eating animal right away and became a vegetarian. Shortly afterward, Amy got a chance to work in Sydney for a few months. To explore vegetarian options, she joined a vegan meet-up group and soon realized the cruelty of the diary and egg industries. And that’s her turning point of becoming a vegan.
The transitional period from a vegetarian to a vegan diet wasn't too difficult for Amy, due to easy access to plant-based products in Sydney and relaxed working hours. She was able to take time exploring the new lifestyle, spending time studying products in grocery stores and trying new green recipe at home.
She believes if the change has happened in Hong Kong rather than Sydney, it would have been much difficult due to very little plant-based options back then and long & stressful working hours.
Back to HK, she has been feeling grateful about the rise of plant-based options. Hopefully, when the pricing point of the plant-based “meat” goes down, veganism will become the norm. In spare time, Amy enjoys checking out local vegan restaurants and products, and introducing them to her families and friends whom are yet-to-be-vegan! Amy considers vegan as life style. Aside from food, she also avoided using items derived from animals (e.g. leather, wool, silk, etc…) and tried to be more cautious of the ecological impact of the items she purchase.
Amy recommended a documentary called Cowspiracy which inspired her of becoming a vegan. Meanwhile, she also highly recommends Melanie Joy’s thought-provoking TED talk on Beyond Carnism which unfolds how human’s meat eating habit stems from our irrational belief system and social conditioning. As a psychologist, she believes that true happiness can only be attained via the cultivation of compassion, toward ourselves, others (animals and human alike) and our planet!