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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Doctors often advise us on a diet and we all too often believe them without questioning. When a lie is repeated often enough it takes in our minds the form of truth. Sometimes it’s difficult to differentiate between true and false, because even the internet gives conflicting information. But we can always resort to our logic or we can try it out and see. Our body never lies. For example diabetic patients are often asked not to have sugar and carbohydrates. This may control their blood sugar a bit but it never cures them of diabetes! This is because sugar is not the cause of diabetes, insulin resistance or lack of insulin is. And the chemical sweeteners which they take instead can actually cause cancer.

Similarly stopping salt does not cure high BP although excess salt, like sugar is definitely not good.  Those who have attended our Reversing Diabetes & Hypertension Seminars know that the cause of diabetes and high BP is the same, and that we can actually CURE these diseases with a whole plant based diet. This is because we work at removing the CAUSE. And our body responds. A glucometer will show blood sugar readings dropping or the blood pressure machine will show lower readings and medicines will need to be stopped. Our body can tell us what is true and what is not. All we need to do is try it diligently for 30 days to see it for ourselves.

If we can identify the cause of any problem and remove it, the chances are that our body will heal. Our body is always working to heal.


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Mr Suresh Shah from Kenya had diabetes since 15 years. In just 21 days he was free of all his medicines and is feeling EXCELLENT! Both he and his wife continue on SHARAN’s plan and continue to reap the benefits. Apart from eating high quality foods, Mr Shah also has a very positive state of mind and enjoys healthy eating. Their cook has learnt to make all their favourite dishes whole and plant based too.

Vietnamese Rolls With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Vietnamese Rolls:


  • 5 rice paper sheets

  • 1 cup carrot, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup bell peppers thinly sliced

  • Cucumbers, zucchini, or any other vegetable of your choice thinly sliced and 3 inches in length.

  • Cabbage

  • 1 cup rice vermicelli (optional)

  • Bunch of coriander


Soak the vermicelli in water for approximately 10 minutes till it softens. Drain and keep aside.

Take one rice sheet at a time. Submerge it in water for 30 seconds. Remove and place on a towel/dry cloth. Place coriander leaves, and small amounts of carrots, cabbage and vermicelli down the centre of the sheet. Top it with dollops of the dressing. Close the sheet from the side, and then roll the opposite side to make rolls. Repeat for all rolls.

Serve with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Serves 1

Spicy Peanut Sauce:


  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed

  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, minced

  • 3-4 tbsp peanut butter

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari

  • 2 tsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp date paste

  • 3- 4 tbsp water

  • Sweet chili sauce or chilly powder to taste


Sauté the garlic and ginger and add the other ingredients and stir. Serve with stir-fried veggies and rice.

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Salt contains the elements sodium and chloride. Our body needs a very small element of sodium to conduct nerve impulses, contract and relax muscles and to maintain a proper balance of water and minerals. Did you know that one’s daily intake of salt should be 1500 – 2,300 milligrams, which is equivalent to three quarters to one teaspoon per day? In nature salt is found in abundance in the oceans and far less abundantly on land.

Everyone is aware that too much sodium in our diet can lead to health issues, and yet most of us do exceed the one teaspoon a day limit. Most doctors feel that excess salt can lead to high blood pressure. A high sodium diet puts added stress on your heart as more water is needed to carry it, thereby increasing the volume of blood your heart pumps out every second.

We all need some salt. Animals in nature go to salt licks. But now many of us are getting too much of it. Salt is habit forming just like sugar. Salt brings out the taste in food and when we are used to more, our food doesn’t taste good without it. But when we reduce it, we need less. Some vegetables like celery and leafy greens are naturally high in salt too.

How to reduce your daily salt intake…

1. Get off packaged and processed foods

Since salt is both addictive and a natural preservative, most packaged and frozen foods contain salt, along with sugar, preservatives, additives and more. Best would be to make your own snacks at home.

2. Reduce eating out

Most restaurants use a lot of packaged foods in their cooking. The tomato sauces, soup stocks, soy sauces, cheeses, ketchups, mayonnaise etc are all brought ready-made

3. Opt for organic sea-salt or rock salt

Not that the sodium levels are less, however you will skip the damage done due to refining and the chemicals which come from additives.

4. Have more fresh fruits and vegetables

These contain potassium which help counter the effects of sodium

5. Taste your food after it is cooked without salt

Use fresh lemon juice or freshly ground black pepper instead of salt for flavouring

6. Use herbs and spices to flavour your meals

Rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, allspice, basil and more!

7. Avoid adding salt in boiling water for rice, pasta or vegetables

8. Hang in there!

It takes about 6 to 8 weeks to get into the habit of having food with less salt. But after you have crossed this, then you won’t have any issue as you will start finding even the basic potato chips too salty!

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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