Give & Get Healthy

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

In the 1980’s when I first heard about the cruelty in the dairy industry, I was shocked. I made changes in my diet by reducing the amount of dairy I consumed. But I didn’t cut it out one hundred percent. I think I was scared of deprivation. Unfortunately it was only in the year 2000, after a severe disease and more wisdom that I cut it out completely. I was already vegetarian, so eliminating dairy made me 100% plant-based. Colds, coughs and fever – minor irritations that most people think are normal – virtually disappeared. My memory improved, and I experienced an incredible clarity of mind and a dramatic psychological shift. I now understand that much of our stress comes from adrenaline in animal products. As you can imagine all the animals that we exploit for food are in situations of extreme stress, and this comes back to us through their body parts or secretions that we consume.

The effect of the diet change led me to practice a new kind of medicine – helping prevent and reverse diseases with food rather than drugs. I found the results so dramatic that I can say with clarity that no other form of treatment can produce results that come even close to this. The best part is that once you know about it, it's free. You don't need any doctor or therapist. And not just me, but others who have made the shift have experienced the same results. Medical costs drop, and health gains abound. And the very best part – I'm no longer contributing to the suffering of other beings. Ecologically too, this is the very best diet.

While cruelty towards cows exploited for dairy was what inspired me in the first place to embrace the approach, I turned out to be the bigger winner.


Giving the world healthy food to eat!

Nidhi Nahata, food therapist and founder of Justbe resto cafe in Bangalore, is bringing the same change to the world that SHARAN brought to her life.

My journey towards clean eating began with an epiphany three years ago. I was undergoing health issues including high cholesterol, migraine and rosacea, and I was adamant about not taking any medication to control these conditions. The 21-day health retreat conducted by SHARAN changed my perspective towards clean eating. It was interesting to learn about the profoundly beneficial effects of a whole food plant-based (WPB) diet. The fact that such an approach is also evidenced by science and research as the healthiest form of nutrition for humans made it even more convincing and compelling for me.

When I returned from the retreat with the newly acquired power of knowledge, I first changed the way food was regarded and eaten in my family. I implemented the whole food plant-based diet concept in our kitchen and saw my son’s chronic asthma being cured, my husband’s gastrointestinal issues and various other health concerns of my family members and friends being resolved. I was keen to extend this awareness to others as well. Thus was born the Justbe resto café, a SHARAN certified eatery.

I believe in the saying ‘You are what you eat’. Good and natural food not only provides for the body, but also nourishes the soul. I have replicated the same concept of healthy eating at Justbe – to serve nutritious food designed by nature for the human body and brain with no added sugar, oil and dairy, free of all refined and processed ingredients, and free of synthetic colours and preservatives. This to me is the ultimate tribute to SHARAN, which changed my life and those of my dear ones.

Cabbage Rolls 


  • 1 large cabbage
  • 1/2 kg carrots
  • 1/2 kg beetroot
  • 1 large onion, grated.
  • 1 grated fresh coconut
  • salt to taste
  • ginger chili paste to taste


Peel off the cabbage leaves one by one, keeping them whole. Boil water in a large pot. Turn off the heat and dip the leaves in the water and leave them for a few minutes.

Wash and grate the carrots and beets. Mix all these ingredients and add salt and ginger chili paste to taste.

Flatten the cabbage leaves and cut off any hard stems. Spread the carrot beetroot mixture over the cabbage leaves and roll tightly. Cut into 2 inch pieces and serve.

Serves 10-15

Food for the mind


If you love Facebook, then join us to be supported on your plant based journey. we are offering three possibilities

1. SHARAN India This is SHARAN's main Facebook page which you can like and follow for getting useful daily updates and news from the plant based health world. You will also get news about the latest SHARAN events, see testimonials, and more.

2. SHARAN's Vegan Support Group This is an open support group to know more about vegan/plant-based lifestyle. Here you can ask questions and share inspiring stories, tips, recipes, etc.

3. SHARAN's Plant Powered Health This is the new group only for the past attendees of SHARAN's events: seminars, cooking classes, retreats or longer programs.

All our doctors and presenters will be here to answer your questions and give you tips. If you have attended our events join this group to be a part of our family.

Please like the main SHARAN page and join the group(s) applicable to you.


Simply Give!

One day a thief sought shelter in a church. The priest took him in, gave him supper and a bed to sleep. Next morning, the maid came running to the priest telling him that the silver candlesticks were stolen. Later, two policemen brought the thief with the candlesticks and enquired with the priest if they belonged to the church. The priest replied indeed and that he had actually gifted them to the thief. The embarrassed policemen went away, leaving the surprised thief behind. The priest's sentence that day changed the thief’s life – 'My son, life is to give not to take'. With this attitude, he went on to become a mayor.

Each aspect of nature only gives, with no expectations whatsoever. And, nature is healthy and radiant. If we start giving, our mindset changes, as we think less about ourselves and more about others. In turn, our life undergoes a transformation. It has been scientifically proven that giving to others affects our hormones and lifts our spirits.

Read here to find out ways in which you can simply start giving: 

1. Smile

A smile is a curved line that makes everything straight! Use it with everyone. Keep smiling, it's contagious.

2. Apres-vous

This attitude of 'after you' is simple yet so beautiful Give way to others to move and grow. A simple example could be to just stop your car to let another vehicle or pedestrian walk by.

3.  Materials

Give away what you don't need to others that need it. When gifting, give something worthwhile that will help another. Gift a plant instead of flowers. Gift a book instead of a toy.

4.  Wealth

This is the easiest thing to give. It requires minimum effort.

5.  Physical help

When you help a sick person, a neighbour to cook dinner or help your gardener in his work, it feels really good. This requires some amount of effort and is equally satisfying. 

6. Emotional help

Be kind and considerate. You need to patiently hear someone out, be there for them, spend time and do your best to make them feel better. 

7. Intellectual help

Education is a means to help someone become financially independent. Spirituality is a means to make someone emotionally independent. These are subtle changes and hence take more time and effort.

6. The best help

The best help you can actually give to society is your own development. This takes the maximum effort and yields the optimum result. When you start working on yourself, you become a source of inspiration to one and all. You are never the taker, just the giver.

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Vasanti Sundaram, Bangalore who has also benefitted from the SHARAN programmes, and now spreads awareness of plant based lifestyle through her talks.

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