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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

With coronavirus topping the news these days, I have many patients asking me what they can do to make sure they don't succumb.

Coronavirus, like any other virus whether influenza or SARS, can affect anyone who has come in contact with it. Confirmed cases are even being reported in India. It might help to know that the virus is not too deadly, it also resides in healthy carriers. This means that anyone with a high immune system may not succumb to this virus even if they are unfortunate enough to contract it. Building our immunity will not just help us withstand this novel virus, it will also help us build resilience towards other known and unknown viruses.

With a growing and a particularly dense population, India is perennially at risk of a viral epidemic. It's up to each one of us to take charge of our health right now. We can do this by eating and living the way we as humans are designed to eat and live by nature, i.e. eat as close to an organic whole food plant-based diet as possible, keep a check on vitamin B12 and D, consume plenty of water, have enough exercise and rest at the right time. This is what SHARAN recommends to anyone who takes their health seriously.

The incidence of coronavirus is therefore a good wake-up call and we must remember its lessons if we are to safeguard ourselves from the fatal health implications of epidemics.

A healthy Bharat, a disease-free India and healthy, happy Indians everywhere in the world is what we truly deserve. In association with LiveMast, we at SHARAN have initiated a satyagraha plea to our Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modiji  to go 100% plant based in 2020! Join us and sign the petition on



Testimonial – Salad Stories

Salads are one of the best ways to strengthen your immunity. And they can be really delicious if we put in just a little effort. Watch our Salad Stories video where participants confess how they have fallen in love with salads! And a quick tip – just empower yourself by learning seven different salad dressings and you can repeat the same every week! Click here for salad recipe ideas.

The complete meal salad 


  • salad greens of your choice – lettuce, rucola, etc.
  • herbs of your choice – dill, parsely, basil, spring onions
  • chopped red vegetables of your choice – red capsicum, tomatoes, red cabbage
  • chopped yellow and orange vegetables of your choice – yellow capsicum, carrots
  • onions thinly sliced (optional)
  • boiled potatoes, cubed
  • chickpeas soaked overnight, boiled and cooled


  • 2 tbsp of date paste
  • 1-2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a little water
  • pepper to taste


Mix all the salad ingredients together in a large salad bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients together and toss over the salad and serve.


The chickpeas and potatoes are what makes the salad filling. The chickpeas can be replaced with other beans – butter beans, boiled kidney beans, etc.

The potatoes can be replaced with boiled sweetcorn kernels, sweet potato or even steamed green beans, steamed cubed beetroot or whole wheat bread croutons etc.

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.


Lessons from the coronavirus outbreak

Here are a few lessons that we have learnt from virus-driven conditions like influenza, SARS, and now coronavirus:              

1. Population density

Any contagion has a greater chance of spreading among dense populations. Unfortunately, hospitals can also be places that harbour these germs. In the case of the coronavirus, closely confining live animals in horrible conditions in the market weakened the animals and gave the virus a chance to quickly multiply and spread amongst them before infecting people. Raising large numbers of animals for food was the cause of the spread of the SARS virus and the swine flu too.

2. Live in accordance to nature

Although humans have been eating animals for years, they are not our natural food as we cannot attack them with our own appendages, nor can we eat them raw as other animals do their prey. We are actually herbivores, and we also do not have a digestive system adapted to eating animals.

3. Invest in health

All too often we think about saving money by not buying organic or high-quality nutrients. but health is always cheaper than disease. Our reliance on medicines, doctors and hospitals is far beyond necessity. 

4. Avoid immunosuppressive therapy

Immunosuppressive therapy becomes essential when we have had an organ transplant, or contracted certain types of autoimmune diseases. But if we think holistically and work to prevent these diseases before they even set in, it would go a long way in avoiding such lines of treatment. Today chronic kidney disease has become commonplace, requiring kidney transplant, simply because the causes of this disease – medications, hypertension, and diabetes – have become so common. If we took charge of our health, these lifestyle diseases could be avoided to begin with.

5. Watch out for the environment

It's common sense that we will be healthier if our air, water and land is clean. Yet, we continue to pollute our only home and allow forests to be decimated.

6. Think holistic

Everything happens for a reason. If we put nature out of balance, the repercussions will be on us.  Our every endeavour should be to live according to the laws of nature.

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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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