1st to 7th September is National Nutrition Week!

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

The reason that people are getting so sick these days is because we’re eating and living the way we have been taught to eat and live by our society, culture and advertisements. But we should really eat and live the way we have been designed to eat and live by God or nature.

Just like all the animals on the planet, we too, are born with instincts as to what we should eat and what not. But we are not in touch with them. Imagine being on a farm where you see fruits and vegetables growing. Your instinct would be to pick them and eat them. But it’s not the same when you see a chicken, a goat or a cow. These are not foods that are instinctively attractive in the fresh and raw form. We have learnt to eat these.  It’s the same for milk. Every baby loves its mother’s milk, and doesn’t want to leave it, but it doesn’t appreciate cow’s milk when it is first given. In nature no animal drinks another animal’s milk. Consuming wrong foods in to our body is similar to putting the wrong fuel in your car. It doesn’t work.

If we eat the foods that nature has designed for our species and listen to our bodies then it is almost impossible to have deficiencies and excesses. SHARAN helps people reach their highest health potential by understanding and following these guidelines. Join us in building a culture of health.

At SHARAN, we do thorough medical and nutritional consultations online and guide you to make changes and help you reduce your medicines. We have a very able team, trained under Dr Nandita Shah, who can help with a host of diseases that can be reversed. We would recommend that your family members also join you during the consultation, so that they can support you. Our consultations are offered in English, Hindi and other regional languages as well. For details, click here

Doctors, too, have started recommending Nutrition to heal


Pad Thai Salad  

Raw foods can actually be very delicious! We have even tried Thai curry, unfried rice, pasta, carrot halwa, brownies etc. all raw! You need to try it to believe it. Check out this delicious Pad Thai salad, which will make you yearn for more.


  • 2 medium zucchini, julienned
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, julienned
  • 1 cup red cabbage, julienned
  • 1 cucumber, julienned
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, finely sliced
  • ¼ cup raw peanuts, finely chopped

For dressing:

  • ½ to 3/4 cup water
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 large dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp tamarind paste


  1. In a large bowl combine the salad ingredients, except the raw peanuts and fresh herbs.
  2. In a blender combine the dressing ingredients starting with only ½ cup of water but adding more, if needed, to blend into a smooth dressing.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
  4. Garnish with raw peanuts and fresh herbs.

Serves 4-6

Food for the mind


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

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.

Nutrition Concerns

Good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy body. Take a pause and reflect whether you and your family members are on a balanced diet.

A balance is required in every aspect of our life. We need to make sure we get the right amount of different nutriments. We can do this by going plant-based and ensuring a fair amount of raw foods in our diet, such as smoothies, salads and fruits.

Read on to get sorted nutrition-wise.

1. Calcium

Most women are concerned about this particular mineral for themselves and their children. The plant kingdom has a variety of calcium sources, and once we stop consuming acidifying  foods, calcium deficiency is a rarity. Read more

2. Proteins

These can be easily found in whole grains, nuts and seeds, vegetables and legumes. Animal-based proteins can be detrimental to our health. Read more

3. Vitamins

Eating a wide variety of plant based whole foods will take care of your vitamin needs. The only two vitamins that need supplementation are Vitamin D  & Vitamin B12.

4. Omega-3

Avoiding oils and animal produce takes care of this to a large extent. Add walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds in your diet. Read more

5. Iron

Some good sources of iron include leafy greens, beans, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, whole grains and nutritional yeast. Cooking in cast iron pans (dosas, chillas etc) also adds extra iron to your body.

6.  Probiotics

If you are on a whole food plant-based diet, you needn’t worry about probiotics. In fact taking probiotics routinely can upset the delicate balance of bacterial flora. A healthy diet ensures that you don’t need to take any supplemental probiotics.

7.  Iodine

This is a mineral, and is found in many soils, so if we are consuming high quality organic produce, and foods grown in different places our iodine needs should be taken care of.

8.  Fats

The good fats we need are in plants and we need to consume them with the fibre by eating coconut, seeds, peanuts, nuts, whole grains and even fruits and vegetables. Oils and animal based fats lack fibre, which is harmful for our body.

9.  Carbohydrates

Starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams etc., fresh fruits, whole grains (rice, flours), millets and legumes take care of your carbs.

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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 Gijs Van den Broeck who has recently joined SHARAN as a volunteer.

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