Time for healthy holidays

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

For most of us the pandemic has been a time where going out and traveling was restricted. Now that things have opened up, many people are traveling a lot! And with the rising temperatures we yearn to get away from the heat. Schools will have holidays, and travel is on everyone’s mind. We need to visit our families. Or we just need a change.

The pandemic has also been responsible for a surge of lifestyle diseases due to increased stress, prolonged living in closed spaces and using food as a major form of entertainment and comfort. Fortunately many people have become more aware about the need for health and there has also been a surge in healthy food providers and holistic health providers.

I keep seeing patients who were doing well or getting better and then they travel. And unfortunately this causes some regression in the improvement. It’s obvious that it’s not possible to live these days without some degree of travel. So what can we do? How can one enjoy the travel and yet keep health at a maximum? If this is on your mind, read on.

I am sure that we can travel and take care of our health at the same time.

The products that we use every day impact our health, the environment, and others. Sonali Purewal has founded a unique app, Zoobop, that helps you shop responsibly and according to your values. Learn all about this in our FREE Smoothie with SHARAN episode this Friday.


The food is so amazing and the best part is that you can eat how much ever you want!


If we can get teenagers to love our healthy retreats, you can imagine how much fun it will be for you!

Granola Bars

Check out this easy-peasy recipe. Homemade granola bars don’t have preservatives and can fill you up at any time!


  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup raw almonds / walnuts / pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup pitted and tightly packed down dates
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds (roasted or raw)
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds (ground or whole)
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter
  • ¼ cup date paste
  • ¼ cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter


Toast oats and almonds in a pre-heated oven at 180 °C (350 °F) for 13 – 15 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Process the dates in a food processor, until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should be of a “dough”-like consistency.

Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl. Add seeds and keep aside.

Warm the date paste, coconut butter and peanut or almond butter in a small saucepan, over low heat. Stir and pour over the oats mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout. Use a spoon or your hands to thoroughly mix. Transfer to an 8″ x 8″ dish, or any other small pan lined with parchment paper, so that they can be easily taken out.

Cover with parchment paper and press down firmly with something flat, such as a book, to get them really packed tight. This will help them from being crumbly. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer, for 15 – 20 minutes to harden.

Remove the slab from the dish and cut neatly into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a few days.

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 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 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.


Ways to travel and stay healthy

There are ways to travel and stay healthy, and they require intention and a little planning ahead. Here are some suggestions

1. Choose your location carefully

There are lots of places that are known to have healthy cuisine that are fun too. If you want to travel abroad, Bali could be one such destination or Phuket could be another.

2. Choose a healthy resort

There are many spas and resorts that are relaxing and fun but also serve healthy foods. Prakriti Shakti is one such resort in India, or The Farm in the Philippines. These are both raw food resorts that focus on health, and there are many others. If you do some research you may find amazing ideas. Here are some examples healthista or health and fitness travel

3. Stay in an Airbnb with your own kitchen

No matter where you go, you can find these. All you have to do, then, is some healthy grocery shopping. This way you can be anywhere you need to be and have a mix of in house healthy foods as well as visit local restaurants that may cater to your needs. Check out our city directories

4. Choose a vegan tour

Surprised? There are many tour providers who offer completely vegan / healthy vegan holidays. Here are some suggestions – Flow adventures – adventure holidays, A Taste of Health – a vegan cruise. See more suggestions here

5. Try VegVisits

You can adhere to your values and may make some new friends along the way click here

6. Carry some healthy food

Here is a list of recipes for foods that you can carry with you. And remember fruits and salads are easily available everywhere in the world. We know of people who carry travel blenders and don’t miss their smoothies either!

7. Choose interesting holiday activities

Activities that make you move, like hiking, diving, swimming, yoga, dance etc. Or maybe you can visit healing sites that draw on the earth’s healing properties like the natural hot springs of Turkey etc.

8. SHARAN retreats 

Don’t forget that we have several specially curated healthy holidays just for you. You will learn more about SHARAN lifestyle, meet like-minded people, and definitely come back healthier than before. Most importantly you will have the confidence to sustain this lifestyle anywhere. Check out our next retreats


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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