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Green Eating – starting this October!

Do you know that Vegetarian Awareness Month is observed annually in October which is initiated by the World Vegetarian Day that falls on 1 October? PolyU celebrated this by staging a special ‘Veggie-week’ on campus – VeggieLicious 2016 – with a series of fun, educational and inspiring activities for the university community.

VeggieLicious was first brought to the campus by the Campus Sustainability Committee and Campus Sustainability Office in 2015 in form of a one-day carnival. It was back again this October and spanning through more than a week. It brought about a collection of events including workshop, talks, vegan cooking class, ‘green’ reading corner, fitness test, food-tasting demonstrations and a festive ceremony with a green theme. This was supported by various catering outlets on campus as well with special green menus and discounts being offered to diners in the same period.

PolyU starts veggie week     Snapshot in the ceremony

This year, VeggieLicious showcased an impressive lineup of speakers, registered dietitians, fitness trainers, Chinese medicine practitioners and chefs. They discussed on a diverse range of topics from tailoring meat-free diets to environmental awareness and benefits of green sustainable living. They also explored into the many beliefs and unfounded myths that surround us about eating vegetarian – “Is a vegetarian diet healthy or unhealthy?”  “Is it defined by eating only leafy greens?” “Are vegetarian dishes and cuisines uninspiring and boring?”  “Do we feel hungry easily on a no-meat diet?” Through detailed explanation and sharing of their personal experience, the speakers convinced the participants and reassured them of the many health benefits of eating green which wiped away their worries.

Vegan cooking class     Fermenting local and seasonal vegetables workshop

VeggieLicious also invited the participants and the university community to reflect upon our lifestyle and our values.  Green eating is not merely a fashionable label but a lifestyle decision that takes a bit of work. It is about taking on a green dining habit which is equally nutritious and nourishing when compared to the average diet. It is about a change which delivers better health, youthful complexion and energy. It is about our contribution to lowering carbon footprint and reducing the strain on food. It further extends to making a choice that transcends individual preferences and influences our family and peers.

Let’s consider ‘greening’ your meals from today and join us as we have pledged our commitment at VeggieLicious -- Say YES to vegetarian food either once a week, once a month, or more often. It is also a good timing to start moving forward to a more organic and sustainable lifestyle which looks beyond eating and stretches into the ways we live, spend and consume.