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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

It’s been 12 years since I founded SHARAN and the journey has been hard, to say the least. My goal was to introduce a whole plant based diet to help prevent and reverse diseases to a community that didn’t even know what the term vegan meant. Things have changed a lot! Today most people know what vegan means. More and more people are producing vegan products, and it has never been simpler to be whole and plant-based. The many people who have changed make it easier for everyone else.

However we still have challenges. Earlier more people were genuinely interested in preventing diseases. Nowadays we wait till we get sick to make changes. High blood pressure, diabetes, hypothyroid have become the norm and more and more people are being diagnosed with cancer than ever before! But all of these are lifestyle diseases, they are due to our lifestyle, and this can be changed.

Imagine if you could take the reins of your health into your hands. Imagine if you could become almost disease proof. If just a few simple changes to your lifestyle today could help you avoid all these dreadful diseases in the future, would it be worth it?

Why not put your mind to trying our plan for just one month? And if you cannot do it by yourself, SHARAN is there to help you. We have regular 6-week programs in Mumbai, and hope to start in other cities too in 2018. We also have 2 21-day Health Retreats in 2018! Join us somewhere and change your health destiny.


Testimonial of Subrato Saha

Subrato Saha and his wife Nivedita attended our 21-day Health Retreat last June. They were pleasantly surprised at the impact that the food on their body and health. They both went back as a changed couple. Listen to Subrato who has been able to get off more than half his medications and is hopeful he will soon reverse his diabetes. He lost 10 kilos, and finds it easy to be whole plant based! He has now regained about 3 kgs. His advice – "when it comes to our health, we need to be selfish, and not worry about offending others." He also has a lovely trick up his sleeve – he always surrounds himself with his favourite fruits!

Strawberry Tart Raw

Strawberries are in season and have lots of Vitamin C & K to give you. They are rich in fibre and have phytonutrients which give them the beautiful bright red. Indulge in this healthy strawberry tart…which is raw too!

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 cup raw almonds

  • 1/2 cup large dates, pitted

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • pinch of salt

Ingredients for cream:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 2-4 hours and drained

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 date paste

  • 2 tbsp lime juice

Ingredients for topping:

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries


In a food processor, pulse the almonds into a flour. Add the dates, vanilla extract and salt. Pulse until the mixture begins to clump together. Press firmly and evenly into a 9 inch springform pan. Set aside in the refrigerator. In a blender combine the cream ingredients until smooth. Pour the cream over the crust and assemble the strawberries.

Food for Thought


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.

City / Country
21 Day Health Retreats
21 Day Online Diabetes Reversal
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Time to meet the New You…

We all know what’s good for us and what should be avoided, so why do we end up doing the opposite? It’s simple – it’s the MIND! But luckily we can be in control of our Mind! Our thoughts determine our actions which eventually culminate into habits, and these in turn shape our destiny. Are you ready to take your destiny into your hands?

Changing a habit may sound difficult. There are so many factors that determine the change – one’s willingness, the situation, the environment, the level of commitment, the influence of family and friends, childhood experiences and more. Simple habit changes can make all the difference in the world. Most people wait till they get a serious wake up call. A few wise people change before they have problems.

They say it takes 21 days to change a habit. Whether that’s really true or not, it’s all up to us to set the goals and then put our minds into gear for a period of time to make the change a habit. Once the habit is changed the effort required is minimal.

Here are some tips to help you…

1. Set a goal

It all starts with the awareness that you need change! So once that’s identified, set specific acheivable goals and make a plan. Start with small steps…that’s always how a journey begins.

2. Educate your mind

Once the mind is convinced, the rest is a vegan cake-walk! So if you wish to adopt to the whole plant based diet for your health, then start reading about it, watch testimonials of people who have been on this diet, join our facebook page, whatsapp support, workshops, movie screenings, pot-lucks etc.

3. Change because you want to

If you are doing it for someone else or due to some pressure, then it won’t last long. You should only change if you want to, and then it’s faster and possible.

4. Find an alternative

It’s much easier to start doing something new than to stop doing something altogether. For instance instead of stopping milk totally, why not make the alternative nut milks – that will make it easier.

5. Join a group

It always helps when you are doing it with others on the same path. Each one motivates the others. Do it as a family or at work with your colleagues or join a support group. If you cannot find a group, rope in a friend who wants to change the same habit as yours!

6. Visualisation

Visualise the results as if they have already happened. Make mental images of the same…it helps keep on track!

7. Stick notes around

Write down your goal and stick small notes around as reminders – inside your cupboard, the car, office, kitchen….wherever you can see them often.

8.  Forget the time

Enjoy the journey….it doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as you get there.

9. It’s OK to make mistakes

Making a mistake once or twice has no measurable impact on your long-term habits. Acknowledge the mistake and develop strategies to get back!

10. Reward yourself

When you have been able to stick to the new change for a while, reward yourself, you deserve it!

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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