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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Supplements! Do you take them? Do you need to take them? Why should someone who is eating healthy even think of them? Through the course of my work, I found out that if we always choose the highest quality of food, we do not need supplements. None, except for Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.

These must always be checked and supplemented if necessary. Far too many people are low in these 2 vitamins. The deficiency is a result of our modern lifestyle.  The consequences of deficiency are huge and supplementation is so simple. Don’t miss this boat!

This month I also have the pleasure of introducing you to Shukul Kachwala, of High Carb Health. He is visiting India all the way from New Zealand, and has a few programs in Mumbai and Pune in collaboration with SHARAN. If you get a chance, don’t miss this opportunity.

Read Testimonial of Jordana Sciloros

Jordana Sciloros was suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease and was told by doctors that there was no cure for this health condition, until she met SHARAN Digestive Health expert Shukul Kachwalla, who got her to heal in three months!

I suffered from the Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Ulcerative Colitis for almost a year, with several flare ups even when on medications. I was always told by doctors that there is no cure for this health condition, therefore one day browsing on Youtube I found Shamiz Kachwalla’s video and his testimonial about how he was cured from colitis, I did not hesitate in contacting Shukul Kachwalla Health straight away.

The 3 month journey went by so quickly and I had all the necessary support from Shukul via Skype and emails, I also had explanations to my doubts and fears. If you’re about to start this journey you truly have to believe in yourself as you have a self healing body which is optimised when exposed to the right food.

Shukul taught me how to eat for long term sustainable health, this is how I was able to heal this medically incurable condition (Ulcerative Colitis).

It is possible to follow this lifestyle and thrive, at first I thought it could be too restricted but it’s just a matter of getting used to it, people only drink milk and eat meat because they were taught this way and are used to it. If you were raised on a whole foods plant based lifestyle you would not think it is ‘too restricted’ so believe in yourself and in the capacity of this amazing health professional, if I made it you can make it as well. Be happy!

Food for Mind

Those who have the head, hand and the tongue trained, are the truly educated, the truly cultured.

How to Cook Mushroom Risotto


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1½ cups button mushrooms sliced
  • 1½ cups oyster mushrooms – either use fresh or dried, soaked mushrooms
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions sliced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp olive oil or other cooking oil
  • Gomasio


Wash and soak the brown rice in 3 cups water for 1 – 2 hours. If you don’t have time, you can cook immediately but then it takes much longer to cook. Put the rice and water on the fire on a low flame in covered pot that is larger than what the rice would require. Take off the lid temporarily if the water tends to boil over, and lower the flame. When the water is almost boiled away, lightly sautee the onions separately and add these, the mushrooms and a cup of vegetable broth and the salt to the rice. When the water reduces, stir and keep adding water till the rice is completely cooked.  Add more salt if needed. The salt needs to be a little less to compensate for the saltiness of the gomasio and soy sauce. Serve with gomasio (and soya sauce if desired).

Serves 4



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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

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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.

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Vitamin D deficiencies have become very common

Vitamin D deficiencies have become very common

Vitamin D is very essential for overall health and strong and healthy bones. The best way to get Vitamin D is to expose your bare skin to sunlight. However most of us are not getting enough because we are not out in the sun enough or because of sunscreen, clothes, windows or even smog that gets in the way.  The next best solution is supplements.

Find out why you need to make sure you are not Vitamin D deficient..

Did you know that 40% people in the world are Vitamin D deficient, and more than 70% of Indians are deficient.

Lack of vitamin D can cause

1. Osteoporosis and osteopenia which leads to cavities, breaking nails and easy fractures

2. Muscle weakness aches and pains

3. Depression, schizophrenia

4. Sleep disorders

5. Diabetes

6. Prostate, Breast and Colon cancers

Its vital to get tested for vitamin D and supplement if required. For more information, log unto


Time to Think

If we keep our body clean, healthy and nourished, parasites cannot live in our body ecology, and even mosquitoes won’t bite us.’- Victoria Boutenko

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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