Mind It!

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

When I was young I would wake up in the morning with a sense of fear or anxiety which went away as I moved on in the day. I did not notice that this had disappeared till one day, after I had turned vegan, I happened to have some (non vegan) mayonnaise. To my surprise I found that I woke with the same anxiety and this recurred for at least 10 days before it disappeared!

I realised that eating foods with the energy of fear and anxiety of the animals in our food chain that suffer in silence, brings us similar feelings. This fear is transmitted by a hormone, adrenaline in the food. I started studying my patients and found that they too found a huge shift in their state of mind just by changing what they put in their mouth.

Today human beings eat more animal products than ever before. We also suffer from more mental health issues than ever before. Try plant based diets and see if you experience a better sense of clarity and confidence.


Testimonial of Vijaylaxmi Singh

47 year old Vijaylaxmi Singh who was going through mental health issues, describes how the whole plant based diet, is nothing but miraculous….

Hi I am 47 years old  My name is Vijayalaxmi Singh  I was having depression, anxiety and panic attacks since 25 years almost off and on. Later due to this stress, I got hypo thyroid since the last 12 years and the additional bonus due to all this stress was high blood pressure since the last 3 years.

I had almost left hope and was in a bad condition when I came for the SHARAN seminar.  I attended only due to Dr Nandita Shah, as I knew her since very long and trusted her.  After the seminar I don’t know WHY but I continued the diet without any hope and just did it as there seemed to be no other solution.  However to my surprise, I started losing weight. It inspired me as I always wanted to lose weight. Later after fifteen days, I checked my blood pressure which used to be 180/90 and it was normal! That really pushed me further to continue.

After two months of religiously following the diet, one fine day something very bad happened, where it was sure that I would have got a panic attack but only my thoughts were making me feel that I will cry and get a panic attack, but my body was not reacting!  And I realised that day that this diet does MIRACLES.  Since so many months now I have not got panic attacks! I don’t know how much my depression has come down, but I can confidently state that it’s a Miracle diet which makes you not only physically healthy but MENTALLY too  You become more calm, focused and spiritual. Thank you Dr Nandita Shah and Reyna for all the support.

Ensure Mental Wellness

Just as one should not wait for disease to get back to health, one needn’t wait for symptoms and then work on one’s mental health.

Read about 6 ways to ensure your mental well-being

1) Right diet – Yes a sense of clarity and calmness prevails when one goes on a whole plant based diet

2) Exercise – Physical exercise helps one’s brain stay sharp. It increases oxygen to the brain and reduces stress hormones.

3) Mental stimulation – The more you work out your brain, the better you will be in processing and remembering information. Take up a hobby, do crosswords or sodokus, play chess, paint, make pottery, read etc.

4) Stress-management – Be realistic, take breaks throughout the day, express your feelings instead of bottling them up, set a healthy balance between work and leisure and focus on one task at a time, rather than multi-tasking. The best would be to attend a spiritual or philosophy class which helps you understand life in a broader perspective.

5) Quality sleep – Over 95% of adults need 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep every night, otherwise memory, creativity, problem-solving abilities and critical thinking skills do get affected. The best thing to do is to have a regular sleep schedule and avoid all screens for at least an hour before bed.

6) Stay socially engaged – Human beings are highly sociable creatures, so one must engage oneself meaningfully. Volunteer or join a social group or take group classes or go for inspiring films, parks etc.


If you love Facebook, then join us to be supported on your plant based journey. We offer 3 possibilities from 1st Jan 2016.

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.


Health is Mental Too!

When it comes to health, diet and exercise stand paramount. However there is one key factor that we tend to ignore – our mental health. Holistic Health is not only about absence of disease, but it is a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being.

According to the World Health Organisation, Mental Health is defined as ‘a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.’ If any of these are not possible, then one cannot be classified as ‘healthy’!

Read about 12 signs indicate concern –

1. Eating or sleeping too much or too little

2. Pulling away from people and usual activities

3. Having low or no energy

4. Feeling numb or like nothing matters

5. Having unexplained aches and pains

6. Feeling helpless or hopeless

7. Smoking, drinking or using drugs more than usual

8. Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried or scared

9. Experiencing mood swings, yelling or fighting with family and friends

10. Having persistent thoughts and memories that can’t be removed from one’s mind

11. Thinking of harming oneself or others

12. Inability to perform daily tasks

Food for Thought by Leo Tolstoy


This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Associate Reyna K Rupani, who is based in Mumbai. She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health & Weight loss program and also conducts Health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more. Find out how she has benefited in so many ways by going on a whole plant-based diet here

Sanctuary for Health and Re-connection to Animals and Nature (SHARAN) is a non-profit organisation with the goal of spreading awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable compassionate lifestyle.

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