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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

New Year is the time for resolutions. It’s important to make those resolutions sustainable. That’s why we always recommend food that is delicious. Deprivation never works. In case you are not there yet, we can help you get on the healthy and delicious bandwagon with our website recipes, youtube videos and cooking classes. I have heard so many say that they started to enjoy cooking only once they began cooking our way. That’s because it’s short, simple and delicious, and your body responds.

And another resolution could be exercise! This too doesn’t have to be boring. My favourite tip is to do your own work, whether its shopping, cooking or climbing the stairs instead of using a lift. It’s important to make the exercise fun, challenging and meaningful so you feel like doing it.

And finally, you can get rid of any medicines that you may be on when you reclaim your health. For health is fun, health is freedom. 

I will be personally going to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi for Reversing Diabetes and Hypertension seminars. Peas vs Pills will be held in Mumbai and Delhi. All these will take place by mid March so that by the end of the year many can be free of medicines. Check out our events schedule If you are not in any of these cities, you can avail of consultations which can be done on phone and Skype And of course if you would like the best holiday of your life, check out our 21 Day Health Retreats in June and end August where you can have fun and get healthy at the same time!

I wish you a very happy and healthy 2017.


Testimonial of Arun Bansal

A diabetic for 16 years, Arun Bansal, who also had high cholesterol, sleep apnea and weight issues speaks about how he got off his medications and lost five kilos too in eighteen days!

Seasonal Illnesses

A senior manager (who wishes to remain anonymous) of a Dubai-based company recently noted a lot of staff members reporting sick due to weather changes. As someone who understands the role of diet in our health, he sent out a short interesting note to his employees. We are grateful that he agreed to share it with us, so that we too can take a cue…

Read the note here

With seasonal changes, we are susceptible to falling sick. Common colds, viral fevers etc.

It is said that the body has power to heal itself. The source for healing is the energy which is prevalent and obtained from the food we intake.

Now, the body likes food in the most simplest form. It is easily broken down and the energy and nutrients are easily obtained from such food.

In our normal day to day lives, we are eating cooked food. In short, this is a process which modifies the food and makes it complex. When we ingest such food, the body, has to work hard to convert the food from complex into a simplified form and then obtain the energy and nutrients. So to do this, it consumes more energy than storing, which otherwise can be diverted to the problem areas in the body to heal itself.

Even when you visit a doctor, he/she often guides you to have simple food and avoid oily and heavy food etc. He/she knows how our body works and how it heals.

The best thing to do during such period is to take fresh raw foods like salads and fruits. The body easily absorbs the nutrients and energy without spending energy towards digestion. Such saved energy now is being used by the body to heal itself.

Food for Thought

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The Most Common Resolution!

Any ideas?

Yes the most common New Year resolution is to start Exercising! And did you know that it’s the most broken resolution too! Ever wondered why? Everyone knows it important, but for a lot of people exercise does take a backseat in daily routine. Why???

Well, the answer lies with the mind! The mind loves to laze and who wants to work out. Most of the excuses it generally whips up – I am thin, don’t need it! Or tomorrow for sure! With too many commitments so no time, weather, boredom or fatigue completing the list.

The best way to get out of this circle of excuses, is to educate the mind on the importance of exercise, trick it and get going. And the magic mantra is that in a few days, the mind loves to exercise and you win the battle!

Read on for 10 tips and tricks to slip in exercise into your daily routine!

1. Understand the Health benefits

Just like a machine gets rusted for not being used enough, our body deteriorates with not enough exercise. Moving your body regularly improves your muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness and your bone health. It also reduces your risk of getting a number of diseases to include blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and even some cancers. Remind yourself everyday WHY you need to exercise.

2. Split into shorter sessions

If 30 minutes of continuous exercise doesn’t work for you, split it into three 10 minute sessions!

3. Dance like no one is watching

In the comfort of your home itself.

4. Never miss a chance to walk or take the stairs

5. Indulge in household chores

Wiping the windows work your hands, mopping the floor your back! Chopping vegetables work with your fingers and dusting is good for stretches.

6. Jog or exercise at the spot while watching television

7. Play with kids!

If they are yours, its spending quality time with them too! If not, neighbourhood kids always like it when an adult joins in.

8. Pay Up!

When you pay for an exercise class, you don’t want to waste money, do you? Also group work-outs pep you up and get you going!

9. Change your routine

The mind is like a child…get’s bored easily. Switch your routine every three months. There are so many options to choose from!

10. Sleep early and wake up earlier

Remember early to bed and early to rise, makes you Healthy, Wealthy and Wise!

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

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