There was a time after The Game Changers premiered on Netflix where everyone wanted to try a plant-based diet and put its claims to the test. The eye-opening documentary showcased the strength of super-athletes, from a powerlifter to an ultramarathon runner, which purely came from plant-based proteins. This changed the way veganism was seen – vegans weren’t ‘weak’, and it wasn’t a fad diet to lose weight either. It has since made the term ‘plant-based’ go mainstream, securing the refreshed label a more prominent place in grocery stores, cafes and conversation.

If you’ve ever wanted to try being plant-based, but weren’t sure where or how to get started – Veganuary is here! The world’s largest vegan movement, started by a non-profit organisation of the same name, encourages people from all over the world to go vegan during January and beyond. A 31-day challenge, it aims to promote the bigger picture of veganism, which is the worldwide impact it has from protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering and improving the health of millions of people.

It doesn’t matter what diet you follow – Veganuary is for everyone! Don’t let living in a country filled with flavourful food, where cheap dishes usually end up being the most delicious, discourage you from going vegan. It’s not as bland as it sounds, and doesn’t have to be costly either. Here’s our beginner’s guide to the plant-based challenge, courtesy of our plant-based editor:

What Can’t I Eat?

Avoiding animal products (meat, fish, eggs, dairy and honey) doesn’t mean you have to give up big, juicy burgers or your lifelong love for cheese – there is a plant-based alternative for everything! From protein-packed tempeh patties to dairy-free cheese, they taste just as good and are guilt-free too.

Is It Nutritious? 

Did you know that every single nutrient we need is available in non-animal sources? Protein can be found in tofu, tempeh, nuts and vegetables; beans and greens tend to be calcium-rich; edamame, lentils and chickpeas can boost your iron intake; leafy greens are filled with omega-3 and omega-6; seaweed is the best plant source for iodine. However, vegans are advised to take B12 supplements. If you have health concerns, please speak to your doctor or a registered dietician before starting.

Will I Lose Weight?

Not all vegan food is healthy. As mentioned earlier, there is a plant-based alternative for everything, including sweet treats and snacks such as ice cream, donuts, cakes and cookies. Like all diets, it needs to be balanced in order to be healthy. Some people lose weight at the beginning because they aren’t sure about what to eat and end up eating less than usual. Start by planning your meals out, and remember – it shouldn’t be restrictive, it is simply a replacement.

Is It Hard To Eat Out?

More and more vegan options are becoming available, even Tealive sells oat milk now, but most restaurants are able to swap out food items for you. Here are my vegan restaurant recs:

What Should I Start With?

Try these small switches to get a better idea of how easy and affordable it can be.

What Happens If I Can’t Do It?

Don’t be too hard on yourself! It’s okay if you miss a meal or even a day. Just know that these seemingly small changes that you make to the way you eat can actually have a big impact on the world. Happy Veganuary!

The new year is around the corner and new year’s resolutions are on their way. Following through with your new year’s resolution of having a healthier lifestyle may seem like a daunting task – it doesn’t help that being healthy is associated with spending a ton of money. But what if we told you it doesn’t have to be that troublesome or expensive?

Try these 6 easy and small swaps to make big changes to your life! 

  1. Swap carbonated drinks for coconut water from Movlah

 

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In need of a refreshing post-workout drink? Replace energy drinks with Movlah’s 100% natural coconut water made from freeze dried coconuts! It comes in travel-friendly sachets and you only need room temperature water to make them. Coconut water makes a great post-workout recovery drink as it reduces body heat and quenches your thirst.

  1. Try granola from Naked Super Food instead of packaged cereal

 

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Ditch the packaged, sugar-filled cereals and replace it with granola from Naked Super Food! Their granolas come in several mouth-watering flavours, contain low sugar and sodium, are a good source of fibre and protein, and have no artificial colouring or flavouring!

  1. Ditch antiperspirant for natural deodorant from Salt Of The Earth

 

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Natural deodorants are great for limiting skin issues – they won’t block your pores and promote less irritation! Salt Of The Earth’s natural deodorants come in a variety of refreshing scents, leave no white marks, are vegan society approved, and are not tested on animals. It’s also made free from alcohol, parabens, perfumes, and more so you can have peace of mind. 

  1. Replace pads and tampons with menstrual cups

 

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Certain pad and tampon brands have harmful ingredients that we should never have near our bodies. Menstrual cups are a great alternative for that because it’s made of silicone or rubber that is safe for the body. It’s also better for the environment because not as much waste is created and some menstrual cups can be recycled!

  1. Opt for oat milk instead of dairy milk

 

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Looking for an alternative to dairy milk? Try oat milk! This plant-based milk has a mild and creamy flavour that pairs well with coffee, cereals, and more. It provides more vitamin B-2 than cow’s milk and contains beneficial nutrients, such as protein and fibre, to help keep you full for longer. 

  1. Replace junk food with fruit & vegetable chips

 

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Say goodbye to junk food and hello to this delicious and healthy alternative – fruit and vegetable chips! You can find plenty of options at the grocery store, kiosks, online, and even make them yourself with an oven or air fryer. Now you don’t have to feel unhealthy when you have the munchies!

Have a healthier new year with these small, easy, and affordable lifestyle switches!

 

The first thing we can’t wait to do when we bring home a candle is light it up that night and bask in the calming candlelight. It’s our favorite way to unwind – the soothing scents melting the day away as we enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode.

With G Candles, the intricate designs have us thinking twice about burning the beautifully crafted bodies – instead, we look forward to decorating our dressing tables with these chic pieces that make for a captivating centerpiece.

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White Candles Symbolise Purity and Virtue in an Absolute Sense. They Can Attract Positive Energies and Good Luck While Dispersing Negativities, and Purifying The Surrounding Environment. 💫💫💫💫 There Is Beauty In Simplicity If You love My Handmade Candles Plz Tag Your Friends in Comment ❤️ #itsgcandles #candles #specialcandle #candlelover #giftideas #handmade_candle

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G Candles was founded by Ghazal, an Iranian architect living in Malaysia with an affinity for art. She’s been making candles for years, but what started as a hobby, to spruce up her home and spoil her loved ones, became a profitable passion project during the MCO – like many others, Ghazal started a business from her own kitchen.

How did you come up with the distinctive design?

I’ve always appreciated the beauty of the human body – all shapes, sizes and appearances. Everyone’s uniqueness always catches my eye, so to me, the human body is the best work of art.

Other than the design, what else makes your candles special?

When I was trying to figure out how I could separate my brand from the others, I realised that love was the key ingredient – I hand-pour my candles and spend hours experimenting with the colours, so I feel very connected to them.

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The Perfect Pair … Dm For More Info 🌸 #candles #giftideas #homedecor #handmade #candlesofinstagram #uniquegifts #bodyart #cutethings #candlelover #itsgcandles

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Many people overlook the ingredients of a candle because they aren’t being consumed. Why is it important to know what’s inside of them?

Many candles contain paraffin wax and the hydrocarbon mixture is actually harmful for the environment. I produce natural, vegan candles out of soy wax, which is cleaner and safer for both your health and the environment – thankfully, bigger candle brands are shifting to soy wax and non-toxic blends.

It has become increasingly important for businesses to be more sustainable. How else have you been practicing sustainability?

We safely deliver our organic candles in plastic-free packaging.

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At Its_G_candles All Our Candles Are Vegan . Soy Wax is a Vegetable Wax Made From The Oil Of Soybeans. 🧡 #candles #candlesofinstagram #candlelover #candlelight #bestgifts #itsgcandles #uniquegifts

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If you’re looking to add more allure to your space, a candle from G Candles would be the perfect piece of décor – or get it as a glamorous gift! Her best-sellers are the sultry black and millennial pink, but customers are able to customise their candles with luxurious scents, dazzling designs and bright colours. She recently added a male torso candle to diversify her collection.

Shop her Instagram page here.

This weekend, pop over to Aitch Coffee Roasters in Mutiara Damansara for the very first edition of Ngegeh & Co – a new platform created to support female entrepreneurs through monthly curated events. Featuring Instagram’s fave homemade food and treats from founders Chiq Supply (Chiq Ruslan), Baked With Butter (Naddy Rahman) and Ephrodite (Ellysha Elkany), the pop-up spreads across both days from 12pm to 6pm.

With community support being more important than ever, Ngegeh & Co is building a network of women during this tough time to help their businesses survive and grow. The other vendors include female-owned startups Klean Supply, who sell naturally-fragranced hand sanitisers, and Nood Cosmetics, a vegan makeup brand.

But what does “ngegeh” mean? The Sarawakian term is commonly used to describe women as attention-seeking – a negative stereotype that continues to accuse and even dismiss females for “seeking attention”. Co-founder, Chiq Ruslan, stands up against this blatant sexism, sharing, “We aim to reclaim the world ‘ngegeh’ and change the narrative. We believe all women, including the ‘ngegeh’ ones, can build a name, business and even an empire for herself!”

Show these female entrepreneurs (and your tummy) some love at the sustainable event. If you bring your own tupperwares, bottles and bags – you’ll receive a RM2 discount from all vendors for helping to reduce waste and protect the environment.

Ngegeh & Co Pop-Up Weekend

Date: Saturday, 26 – Sunday, 27 September, 2020

Venue: Aitch Coffee Roasters, Mutiara Damansara

Time: 12pm – 6pm

Follow them on Instagram to stay updated on future events and vendor opportunities!

Don’t knock TikTok until you’ve tried one of their quick and easy recipes – the app, better known for bringing out the dancer in everyone, is actually a treasure trove of tips and tutorials covering a wide range of topics from taking care of your mental health to decorating your bedroom.

With users given only 60 seconds to share their recipes, the steps are explained in a straightforward manner – following the fast, no-frills style of Tasty’s famous cooking videos. You’ll find that preparing a healthy, delicious meal doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming.

Here are a few dishes from TikTok you can whip up at home:

@aridaylopezzOvernight oats recipe, especially for those that don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning☀️ ##recipe ##healthy ##foryou♬ original sound – aridaylopezz


Let’s start with breakfast – if you’re one to hit the snooze button (a couple of times), overnight oats are a great way to have a quick nutritious bite to eat before you’re out the door. You can also grab it and go by putting it together in a reusable jar. Try this recipe with Granos – they make customizable granola for you to enjoy your favorite flavors.

@alwaysmelissFave breakfast! Protein pancakes. ##WhatsYourStuf ##fyp ##foryou ##food♬ original sound – alwaysmeliss

Instead of having a protein shake after your morning workout, sprinkle protein powder into your pancakes for a more fulfilling meal. Pancakes always hit the spot and make for a sweet reward after an intense sweat sesh! If you’re interested in plant-based protein, Heal Nutrition offers both dairy and vegan protein powders with real ingredients to give it a great taste.

@monavandThis is salad is so dank and great for the summer!! ##healthyrecipes ##skincare ##learnontiktok ##tiktokpartner♬ I Wanna Know You – BLVKSHP

Salads are the easiest to prepare for lunch – you’ve just got to toss in the ingredients and do the infamous Kardashian salad shake to evenly distribute. These refreshing fruits and vegetables can help keep your skin hydrated while working in an air-conditioned office.

@lizmoodyBet you have everything you need in your pantry right now ##mealprep ##healthyrecipe ##strengthtraining ##vegan ##healthyfood ##MoodBoost ##happyathome♬ original sound – lizmoody


If you’re still stuck on having a plate of mee goreng for lunch, we’ve found this healthier version that only takes five minutes!

@iamtabithabrownSpinach tortilla Gluten free quesadilla! ##tabithabrown ##vegan♬ original sound – iamtabithabrown


Vegans can still enjoy the goodness of a quesadillas with this gluten-free recipe. Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll be able to satisfy your cravings with this fast meal.

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Unwind after a long day with a hearty bowl of broccoli cheddar soup. It’ll have you feeling all warm and cozy – ready to curl up in bed and sleep without a worry.

@kylienhhere’s a small recipe for my fav dessert! ##foryoupage ##foryou ##fyp ##recipe ##aestheticfood ##healthy ##diet ##weightloss ##quickrecipes ##healthyfood♬ Supalonely (feat. Gus Dapperton) – BENEE


No, we didn’t forget the snacks – how could we? These banana bites are a guilt-free alternative to ice cream. Yum!

Whether you’re tight for time or just think cooking’s a chore, these TikToks can provide you with a shortcut to eat healthy and save on delivery. We hope you enjoy your meal!

Follow us on TikTok for self-care ideas.