There is this memory in Kay’s mind: after coming back home from school, she walked up to the fish tank, talked to the fish and watched them swimming around. “That planted the seed of becoming a vegetarian in me”, she said, “Animals are my good friends and I also had pet dogs. When looking them, I can’t bear to hurt my friends so I don’t want to eat meat. It is also the same for chickens selling in the market.” Being a vegetarian allows her to show kindness to animals.
“Looking them in the eyes, I know they are lives with a soul and feelings.”
Kay kept her vegetarian diet low key and her fans didn’t even know that in the past. Now Kay is 99% vegan. “I try not to eat eggs nor milk, unless there is no choice. I consume less than ten shrimps each year.” Kay described. Throughout her school years and even after becoming a singer, Kay kept her diet a secret for a long time. “Mom certainly knows that I don’t want to eat meat. She was afraid that I did not get enough nutrition, so she would buy me different vegetables and fruits, or tell me to eat eggs,” Kay explained. “However, it becomes complicated when dining with other relatives, gathering with my classmates, or having meals outside during work. I usually eat the side dishes. I did not make it public because I’m afraid that others will need to cater to my requests, or I’m considered troublesome.” After all, there was a clear line between vegetarians and meat-eaters in the past. In order to avoid being labeled, Kay chose to be a low-key vegetarian.
“I am happy to announce that I am 99% vegan,” Kay thinks that now it is the right time to share her diet. “First of all, a vegetarian diet is nutritious, and there are more and more vegetarian menus and restaurants for options”, explained Kay, “Secondly, I have become keen on sports in recent years and pay attention to healthy eating.” Kay also shares her experience in discovering high-protein and nutritious plant-based products in Green Common. “I am fond of Califia plant-based milk and also add Common Good chia seeds into my smoothie. You can find many delicious flavours and tasty healthy snacks. All the above reasons have made me more willing to share my diet with others,” Kay stated.
The food recommended by Kay has also won over her omnivore family. “Plant-based alternatives like Beyond meat and Gardein are very different to traditional ones. Beyond meat tastes like real meat while Gardein is easy to cook with. Sometimes my family will cook Gardein sweet and sour pork for me and we can have the same dish.” In her three-generation family, due to Kay’s dietary habits, the ratio of meat dishes and vegetarian ones used to be five to one while now it has become half and half. Surprisingly, Kay’s favourite dish is Chering Chang chia seed noodles with Nicole’s Kitchen chili oil. “After going home from work, this bowl of high-protein and savory noodles is the best comfort food.”
Kay is becoming more and more vocal to share about her diet in public. In April, she took a big step for Omnipork by accepting the new role of Green Monday Ambassador, and turning into Chief Kindness Officer (CKO) to promote a plant-based diet. And what makes CKO fascinated is Omnipork. “It is a very groundbreaking plant-based meat analogue that can be cooked in many ways and is rich in nutrition. Even meat eaters cannot resist,” Kay said. “There have to be enough options in order to shift the public towards a plant-based diet.” Kay couldn’t help but introduce Omnipork to her family and friends. “Even those my helpers who never eat pork all said that they were delicious,” Kay said. She also uses Omnipork to make dumplings, steamed patties, and it was really satisfying. Kay is always excited when talking about Omnipork.
“Omnipork is a healthy option for meat eaters. I see hope in this innovative product!”