Sitting? Get Moving!

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

In the recent years I have found it difficult to commit to yoga, aerobics, dance or tennis classes – classes that I have enjoyed in the past. With work schedules and appointments, I prefer to have my free time a little less scheduled.

For me gyms and walks get boring after a while, and exercise just for the sake of exercise doesn’t appeal. But I do enjoy doing my own shopping, cooking, cleaning and running errands. The environment is important to me, so I am happy to use my legs, bicycle or take the public transport where possible. Almost every evening after dinner I take my dog for a walk. I climb stairs whenever possible instead of taking the elevator. Carrying a heavy backpack with my computer and other things, so that I can work on the move, has given me strong shoulders. And living in a hot climate makes evening swims very inviting.

We are so lucky that we have so many choices for movement. We can always find something to do that we really love. Or we can always find excuses. The choice is ours!


Testimonial of Suman Raina

Manager/Cabin Crew with Air India, 48 year old Suman Raina was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago. Last year she simply logged into the SHARAN website and managed to get her levels down! Today her readings are almost at a non-diabetic level…

Read about her journey here.

I want to share with you this amazing fact that my when my diabetes was diagnosed approximately five years back,  my fasting blood sugar was an alarming 265 and HbA1c 8.5  I was put on medication thereafter and after being on medication (which kept increasing in dosage)  I could bring it down to 7.2.

Last year I turned vegan by just following SHARAN online (as suggested by my homeopath Dr Devang Shah) and managed to get my levels to 7. It’s only after doing the Reversing Diabetes and Hypertension seminar with Dr Nandita this January, that I took the 30 days challenge and thereafter went for my annual medicals. At that time my HbA1c level was 6.5 (the lowest in the last five years).

Seeing the results was a great motivation for me to continue following the program and four months later when it was suggested that I reduce the medicines, I just felt like checking the levels just to be double sure that I’m not making a mistake by reducing medicines (you see the fear I am working out of) and I was surprisingly shocked to see my readings were almost a non-diabetic level.

I cannot explain the amount of gratitude I feel towards Dr Grazillia who I took a SHARAN consultation with, Dr Nandita and the rest of SHARAN team for guiding me through this journey.

Almond Pate

A healthy, delicious and plant-based pate…..ensure you make it yourself and standing!!

This recipe was demonstrated by Lisa Pitman during her ‘Eating without Heating’ demos in India. For more on Lisa and her recipes see


  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 2 cups almonds

  • Juice of 2 lemons (4 tbsp)

  • 1/2 cup water, as needed


In a food processor, combine ginger, garlic and salt. Blend until well combined.

Add the almonds and process into a fine meal.

Add the lemon juice.

Slowly add the water, 2 tbsp at a time, until a thick hummus-like texture is achieved.

Food for Thought


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Sitting your way to Disease

Just take a moment and calculate the amount of time you spend sitting in a day. How many hours of the 16 hours that you are awake are you sitting? Shocking right! The number can actually go up to 10 to 14 hours. So our movement is restricted to about 2 to 6 hours a day! Now that’s something to seriously think about….

Doctors have actually coined a term – ‘Sitting Disease’. Sitting is surely and slowly killing us. We are not designed to sit. Our early ancestors were always on the move and with advent of television, computers and desk-jobs, we are becoming lazy bums. This trend has fueled obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, blood pressure and more.

The opposite of sitting is standing of course. Did you know that  standing has some of the benefits that walking has? It also increases concentration, focus and overall productivity.

Read on for tips to reduce sitting time…

1. Keep your alarm far away from the bed

2. Make your own meals – or at least one meal a day

3. Get into household chores

Clean your home, do the dishes, dry the clothes, do your own errands, wash your car, do some gardening

4. Schedule a daily exercise routine

5. Take the stairs and not the lift

6. Walk to work, to the store or use the bus or the train.

7. Park your car far from your destination

8. Keep consciously moving every hour

Either for a water break or a short stretch or a jog or a conversation with your colleague. Use your mobile alarm to remind you get up!

9. Take your dog for walks – a dog is a great exercise machine!

10. Instead of going to coffee shops, schedule walking dates with your friends or have walking meetings!

11. Adopt a hobby that makes you move

Join the marathon or cycling clubs or a dance class or go swimming or get into gardening, painting!

12. Walk while talking on the phone

13. Go for long walks on the beach or park

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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