1st November is World Vegan Day

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Nov 1st is World Vegan Day. It was first celebrated in 1994 and created by Louise Wallis, a British animal rights activist to raise awareness about animal rights. However, now there are so many more reasons to be vegan.

For a future to be possible, we have to go vegan. Since you are reading this, I am sure that somewhere you, too, are aware. We are in the midst of a pandemic that started in a wet market, and that shows no signs of receding. In fact this pandemic has spread further to animals in confinement on mink farms, in zoos and is rampant in meat packing plants.

Thanks to the pandemic, we all have now experienced the effects of curtailed freedom on our own state of mind. We, as a species, still allow animals to be exploited for our entertainment in zoos and circuses. We still allow animals to be bred and sold as pets or for experimentation, as if they are some commodities and don’t have any rights to a decent life. We breed animals and slaughter them as babies so that we can eat them. And as this makes us sick, we also use them to test our deadly medications on. As we build our cities we  destroy their homes.

We can change. Maybe the unending pandemic will force us to understand and change. Veganism means doing the least amount of harm to any living creature. I am grateful to you for being one of the first to understand and change. Every person that changes is the inspiration for many others and it helps build a viable future for all.

This Sunday, 1st November join us for a special free talk Meat, Protein & Covid-19 with Dr Nandita Shah, nutritionist Shalu Nijhawan & health coach Vineeta Punjabi, where you will understand the connection between all three. To register, click here


‘I have never felt better’ – Sunali Mehta                                                 

It’s been a year since I started my journey with SHARAN. I am so excited to share that I have lost 20 kgs  and for a 56 year old newly minted grandmom, I have never felt better!

I joined SHARAN’s Six Weeks to Health Gain and Weight Loss program, with a single point agenda – to lose weight! Luckily I had no ailments or health issues. I had done some research on all the wonderful work Dr. Nandita Shah was doing but for a foodie like me, to give up my favourite foods and dairy in the blink of an eye was a frightening thought. I vividly recall learning during the first SHARAN class of how animals were mistreated and was visibly shaken. That night, I loudly announced to my very surprised family that I had decided to turn vegan. That was my turning point! My family played a central role in this beautiful new journey of mine, always encouraging me in all my big and small victories.

Overnight, we turned to eating a whole food plant based diet and our new addiction was the green smoothie. We also started enjoying our two hours of exercise –  yoga, dance and walking. Our 16 hour intermittent fasts thrice a week, helped melt the kilos away!

The guidance received from both Reyna Rupani and Rose Pinto has brought me this far. They nudged me ahead to be the best version of myself! As I write this, I am brimming with gratitude. I want to thank Dr. Nandita Shah and everyone at SHARAN  for this change. Thank you all for being a part of my life!

Healthy Laddoos for Festive Times!  


Join our facilitator Somna Sachdev, who will teach you delicious and easy to make laddoos, which are dairy-free, sugar-free and guilt-free too! 

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.


Why World Vegan Day is important                                                           

The United Nations and the FAO have stated that livestock contribute more to greenhouse gases than all the cars in the world. Hard to believe, but true. There are now 20 billion livestock on earth at any given time! All these animals are reared only for the sake of human consumption. If we all want to help our Earth survive we can do our part by eating less meat, fish, chicken and dairy.

Here is a list of reasons that a plant based diet is the way to go –

1. Health 

We are descendants of primates that are primarily fruitarian, and our anatomy is similar to theirs. There is ample evidence to show that a balanced, non-refined vegan diet is the best for our health.

2. Water

The world is heading towards a drinking water shortage. It takes 500 litres of water to produce 1 kg of potatoes, 600 for 1 kg of wheat, 2000 for 1 kg of rice, but 100,000 for 1 kg of beef. Livestock consume 80% of the world’s water supply. 

3. Food

60 million people die of starvation each year. It takes 12 – 16 kilos of grain to produce 1 kilo of meat or milk. Livestock consumes 40% of the total grain grown worldwide. A vegan needs 0.5 acres of land for sustenance, a non-vegetarian 30 times this amount! Starvation can literally be wiped out by wiping meat and dairy off our diets.

4. Trees

Our diminishing forests are seriously threatened by grazing animals. Large numbers of wild animals are killed each year to protect or to make room for grazing animals in our food chain. Millions of acres of virgin forest in the world have been cleared for cropland to support a meat-centred diet.

5. Energy

Meat and dairy are energy intensive. Energy is required to raise animals and their food, to slaughter them and refrigerate their body parts. Moreover, they cannot be eaten without the energy of cooking.

6.  Pollution

Animal husbandry and slaughter result in air, water and land pollution. 

7.  Animals

Death is never a pleasant affair, least of all for the animals killed. 70 billion land animals are killed each year to appease our appetites! (This does not include aquatic animals) They suffer claustrophobic confinement, terrible transport without food, water and rest, to meet their final bloody end in the slaughterhouse.

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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 Deepa Ballal, a freelance writer based in Dubai.

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