The word veganism has many different reputations, feelings and meaning to it depending on the country. In Thailand veganism is more known as a “vegetarian diet” derived from buddha’s teaching that life is sacred and that killing sentient beings is unjust. During the very colorful 10 days vegetarian festival in Thailand towards the end of the year starting between september to october, this teaching is being acknowledged and locals are trying to stick to a “vegetarian diet” to cleanse body and mind during that time. The dishes are typically Thai or Chinese inspired with ample of mock meat dishes, soy and sticky rice based desserts.
Vegan food as such has not been very familiar by the local community. You can easily have a good idea of the eating habits and food consciousness of a community in every part of the world by just looking into the supermarkets. Only five years back in time, you couldn’t find one single item with a vegan label in supermarket shelves in Thailand. Looking for vegan products was some kind of finding a needle in a haystack situation. Now in 2018 you will not only find imported and locally produced products that are vegan and also labeled as such, but organically grown products and reduction of plastic use have become another important focus as well.
Supply and demand have gradually changed over the past years and it is noticeable in every supermarket shelf in Bangkok. Also restaurants and cafes have noticed the demand and offer not only vegetarian dishes but also vegan friendly options. It seems that especially new restaurant owners are more inclined to change and adapt their menu to also serve the growing vegan community in Thailand.
It shows how powerful we can be all together if we stop consuming certain products and demand food that are truly beneficial for us and the planet. But more importantly it is about looking out for yourself and nurturing your body with the food that helps you to thrive not only physically but also mentally.
Regardless to say it is not about veganism or any other type of diet, it is more importantly about choosing consciously and understanding the impact of your choices to every sentient being, our planet and yourself. Know where your food actually resulted from and how it is made. If we don’t take the time to take care of our body and actually invest time and energy to be better, nobody will. And everything starts with yourself.
Educate your mind and understand what you eat. Gradually you will open up a new dimension for yourself that will offer you the freedom to make your own choices which will resonate with who you really are.
Maricel is an international vegan specialized personal chef from Germany based in Thailand. She is also the founder of VEGAN CRUSH Cuisine and Food Delivery in Bangkok. From vegan gourmet to raw plant-based cuisine, Maricel offers a wide range of whole fusion food and recipes that inspired thousands of people through her food workshops, dinner events and online cooking classes. She is well known for her constant innovative recipe development that turns every event into a unique celebration for the palate and soul.
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