Veg Buddy 2

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Are you interested in trying a vegetarian or vegan diet, but you are not sure where to start? If so, then sign up for the FREE VSS’ 21-Day Veg Buddy program that commences on Saturday 26 October 2013 and ends on Friday 15 November 2013!

  • Choose to go vegetarian or vegan for 21 days.
  • Learn how to successfully navigate your 21-Day journey with the help of all the Veg Buddy mentors, along with the other participants in the program, who will be your support group. There will be many opportunities for group interaction through events and online channels.
  • The Veg Buddy Program kick-starts on Saturday 26 October 2013 (Day 0) with a sumptuous welcome dinner cooked by your mentors, a short movie screening about the health and nutritional aspects of going veg, a talk by a registered dietician about nutrition and a guide to meal planning.
  • Receive a Veg Starter Kit packed with lots of useful info to help you go veg, such as basic health and nutrition advice, where to eat out in Singapore, and what resources you can use for cooking at home. Enjoy restaurant vouchers that will come in handy for exploring the delicious vegetarian options in Singapore
  • Other fun events include a free cooking lesson that will leave you with simple and delicious recipes!

The Veg Buddy Program ends on Sunday 17 November 2013 (Day 22) with a celebratory potluck picnic.

The Veg Buddy Program is completely free, but we do require a $10 deposit as a show of your commitment. This will be fully refunded when you attend the launch on Saturday 26 October.

Meet Your Mentors
Ashley (23)
Ashley

Hi! I became a vegetarian in 2010 and subsequently a vegan in July 2011. My primary motivation for being vegan is my commitment to the ideals of non-violence. I also value the clean and healthy body that a well-planned plant-based diet helps to achieve and my much higher levels of energy since adopting a vegan diet. It also helps that there are lots of good veg food to be found in Singapore. I joined the Veg Buddy program to help people transitioning to the vegetarian diet realise how easy and fun it is to go veg. ☺ I am currently training as a lawyer in the financial services industry. I love yoga, electronic music, reading, and searching for good food.

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Boon Kiat (24)
Alex

Hi everyone! I recently turned vegan 5 months ago after joining the first round of the Veg Buddy Program, and my reason for staying so is for the love of animals, humanity, and for world peace. A vegan diet is 100% plant-based and it is the key to a healthy lifestyle, the reversal of numerous environmental issues we now face, and a potential solution to world hunger. I will be extremely glad to elaborate on the earlier mentioned points should you be keen. I joined VSS as a mentor as I found my calling in turning the world vegan. Having consumed animal products myself in the past, I do understand everyone takes time to learn and adopt so rest assure for I will only shower you with care, patience and encouragement =) I am an IT engineer and I love making vegan food, meditating, climbing mountains, training for triathlons, and playing the guitar.

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Clarence (47)
Clarence

Hey folks! Like many people, I grew up eating lots of meat and disliking vegetables (truth be told, I’m still not a big fan of vegetables…very naughty). But when I decided to give up meat, I found the transition surprisingly easy. Discovering new dishes and learning how different foods affected me was a very empowering experience. Making new friends made the journey immeasurably rich. I count becoming veg as one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. Perhaps one day, you too will feel the same.

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George (60)
George

Hey - I'm George. I've been veg a bit more than half my life and vegan since some time in the 00s. Back in the 70's-80's, I was inspired by the first edition of the book 'Diet for a Small Planet', which talks about the wastefulness of meat eating amidst the horror of world hunger. Now, kindness to animals is my biggest reason. Back then, I made the change alone; so, it wasn't as fast or as smart as it could have been. Fortunately, when i went vegan, I had lots of friends in VSS who advised and encouraged me, and even gently pushed me. That's what I hope to do for you.

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Jaya (38)
Jaya

I have been a vegetarian from a very young age. As a young kid growing up in India, the choice was obvious – affection for animals. Coming to Singapore and being involved with VSS, the reasons became manifold - health, environment, and sustainability, to name a few. Cooking isn't my strong suit, so I always had to hunt for places to eat. Thanks to many people that I met through VSS and the MeetUp groups, soon I realized there is no shortage of good vegetarian food in Singapore. Trained as an engineer, I work for a research lab. I like outdoor sports, tennis and badminton. I love watching movies too, especially the classics. Through the Veg Buddy Program, I hope to share my little pointers with the rest of my buddies.

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Muslim (29)
Muslim

Hi! I became a vegan in April 2013. I made the big jump from being a meat eater to vegan so as to lead a healthier lifestyle. I was amaze with the positive changes my body made. I took the initial leap by myself however, with the support of VSS Veg Buddy program, my vegan journey has strengthened. I believe I can relate to a lot of those who are taking their first baby steps. I am currently working in the logistics industry and have passions in cooking, poetry and traveling. I hope we can work together to make your own journey a successful one.

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Natalia (28)
Natalia

Hola! I'm Natalia from Colombia. My inclination towards a plant-based diet started in 2008 while I was learning about healthy lifestyle in California. I found myself reducing my meat consumption in an everyday flexitarian style, later realizing I had become a home vegetarian but struggled with the social aspect of sharing non-veg food. After having arrived to Singapore in 2010, I benefited from meeting many buddies in VSS who inspired me to pursue veganism and an interest for raw food. Today using plant-based foods and products defines my lifestyle and allows me to make political, environmental and compassionate statements besides making me feel good to do good.

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Pauline (44)
Pauline

Whether it's the health, scientific, environmental or animal welfare perspective, the vegetarian diet is the way to go. I have been lacto-vegetarian and then plant-based for a total of 19 years. I am grateful for the research material, experiences and knowledge shared by others which helped me choose a healthier and less destructive way of existing. I have benefited so much from a plant-based diet and would like to help others enjoy the benefits too. I have been volunteering for VSS since 2008 and I hope my certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell would be useful to others. I have a tonne of vegan recipes and enjoy trying out new ones for my picky daughter.

Which do you choose - the blue pill or the green pill?

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Yingchen (20)
Yingchen

Hey guys! I'm Yingchen. I made the transition to vegetarian last October during one of the most inhospitable times in my life - National Service. It definitely wasn't easy, but it was worth it. Since then, I've read up voraciously on animal rights philosophy and nutrition. We can debate the finer points of vegetarianism and veganism - or if you wish, simply talk about how to deal with the people who are determined to make trouble. Now almost fully vegan, I can confidently say that if I could do it, you can too!

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Sgn Up

I'm in! How do I sign up?

  1. This program is completely free, but as a show of your commitment, we do ask for a $10 refundable deposit. Please make payment here.
  2. Once payment is made, please fill up this registration form.
  3. And that's it! We'll email you soon with more details of the 26 October launch event.

If you'd like to know more, check out photos, testimonials and an IS Magazine's coverage of Veg Buddy Round 1.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via vegbuddy@vss.sg.

Spaces are limited, so do sign up soon!