In Aug 2011, Vinitha Ang, the founder of Nutrihub was interviewed by the Vegetarian Society of Singapore (VSS). Below is the interview script published in VSS Newsletter:
Vinitha Ang is a registered nurse who runs NutriHub organic cafe – http://nutrihub.blogspot.com/ – now at 46 Temple St , in Chinatown . The cafe is closed on Sunday, but available for group booking or hosting events / classes. Opening hours are Mon to Sat 11am to 8pm (available for dinner after 8pm based on reservation). Vinitha also offers a range of cooking classes. Recently, Vinitha was interviewed for the VSS e-newsletter by Ana Laura Rivarola Oneto. Here is Vinitha's story in her own words.
Having nursed my parents through their battle with serious illnesses and sufferings, I realised that we have to take good care of our diet, especially those of us with high risk family history. Since 2004, I have totally changed my diet to vegetarian and progressively to a more wholesome organic vegan diet.
Working at the National Cancer Centre for 7 years, I saw young and old patients suffering from both cancer and its treatment's side effects. Sad to say, there is no emphasis on a healthy vegan diet as part of the cancer management. As a health care provider, I've also seen people suffering from diseases that might be easily cured with a change of diet. This is why I have been giving consultation and dietary advice since 2007, when I started my Organic Retail & Cafe business to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Although I've made losses in my business, I have strived on, as I gain the happiness and satisfaction which I did not get it in my career in hospital, especially after seeing my customers and students improving their health status and recovering from their illness. I create lots of innovative dishes in order to attract non-vegetarians to like our vegan, healthy – no MSG, no mock – foods.
If someone is considering becoming a vegetarian and asks for my advice, I would say not to rush – do it one step at a time. Change progressively by increasing intake of fruits & vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts & seeds, then reduce intake of meats, poultry and dairy products. I also guide those who want to convert to vegan or raw food diet, as I walked the path myself and understand all the difficulties and concerns about diet deficiencies.
Raw foods not only contain the essential nutrients we need, but they are also more alkaline and boost our body energy with lots of enzymes. That's why it is very important to include more raw fresh fruits & vegetables in the daily diet as our body falls sick or our recovery is slow due to the acidic environment. To teach about this, I created the "Raw like cooked" raw food class where my students enjoy the raw food as if it was cooked.
Please remember: "Good Nutrition does not just add Years to your Life, but also Life to your Years."