Reading & Health – is there any connection?

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

I love reading because it’s a way to discover other worlds. As a youngster, I would read autobiographies of people and understand what makes them tick. More recently, I enjoy reading about new discoveries in the field of health and environment.

I was invited by Penguin Random House to write a book in January 2015. It was perfect timing, because I had already decided to write a book. And now, I had a publisher on a platter! The universe works in mysterious ways.

I decided to write a book on reversing diabetes, suitable to Indians, because India has the largest population of diabetics in the world and it is a disease where one can actually track progress on a day by day basis with a glucometer.

My book, ‘Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days’ was published in November 2017, and I’m happy to say that it’s already gone into reprint. I tried to make it very simple, and logical, so that everybody can get the results. If you have bought this book and got results, I would love to hear your story. And if you have bought it and it is still lying on your bookshelf, I hope this newsletter will encourage you to read it! Whether or not you have diabetes, it can help you take charge of your health! And if you want to read even more, don’t forget that we have a health library in Mumbai, and a resource section on our website to guide you.


Testimonial of Shilpashree

Pune-based architect, 33-year-old Shilpashree, was suffering since the past two and a half years, from urticaria. It was traumatic, until she made one change and she was on her way to a smooth recovery.

I suffered from severe urticaria for nearly two and a half years. I would wake up in the middle of the night with unbearable itching and big red hives on my hands and legs. I had tried everything, nothing cured my condition, no home remedies, no tablets, not even skin specialists! I was somehow temporarily subduing the allergy by taking anti-allergic pills, but was suffering both physically and mentally. It was traumatic.

Thanks to my pregnancy, last year, I started averting milk. Gradually,  I stopped consuming dairy products and by the 6th or 7th month of pregnancy, I quit dairy completely. Within just 5-6 months of quitting dairy, the allergy had gone! It was like a new lease of life for me. Now there was no looking back at dairy.

But there was another major health issue. I had gained a lot of weight, close to 25 kilos, during pregnancy. I also had anxiety issues, and post delivery lacked energy to do just about anything. And I was still consuming oils, sugar, jaggery, refined and non-organic products, unaware of their harmful health effects. I had been doing a lot of research on the net on how to live a healthy, dairy free life and I was lucky to have found SHARAN. One nutrition consultation with SHARAN and I was clear about my future health dietary/lifestyle choices.

Dr. Poonam, my nutritionist at SHARAN gave me a detailed synopsis and diet plan to follow. Within a month of following the lifestyle, I was able to lose close to 7 kilos. Thanks to SHARAN, I am consistently losing all those extra pounds with more energy and enthusiasm. My anxiety has reduced, and as a result, I feel less emotional now. I hope more and more people get their awakening for food and live a happy healthy life.

Almond Ginger Bites Raw

Travelling this summer? Carry some interesting almond ginger bites, which will help fill you up when you get the snack pangs in between meals, and will satiate your sweet cravings too!


  • 1/2 cup almonds

  • 1/4 cup almond butter

  • 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts

  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (dried)

  • 1/2 cup of dates, pitted

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or sesame seeds powder


In a food processor, combine the nuts and ground ginger. Pulse into a fine meal. Add the almond butter and the dates and pulse until well combined. Roll into 1-inch balls. Add the sesame seeds or shredded coconut into a small bowl. Roll each ball in the bowl to coat with sesame seeds powder or coconut.

Food for the Mind


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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.

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.

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Readers are Healthier, is it?

Yes, book lovers rejoice, it’s been scientifically proven that reading is good for your health! Not only is it fun and gives you pleasure in the present, you are actually building up on your mental health too!

Reading helps improve your memory, as it stimulates different parts of your brain to work, and hence can help prevent Alzheimer’s. Reading is also therapeutic, as it takes one away from one’s worries, reducing stress. Reading a good book can actually make one feel positive and inspired too. Reading fiction has proven to make people more empathetic and also enhance one’s emotional intelligence.  

And yes, we are talking books here, not newspapers, magazines, blogs or whatsapps! Not that they are not useful, but reading books is ‘reading’! Want ideas how to get into real reading? Well read on!

1) Get the book!

Well, obviously that’s the first step! If you haven’t been into reading, then get a slim book to begin with. No comics please! Ensure you get a title that interests you – fiction or non-fiction. Slowly and steadily start increasing the size of your books.

2) Join a library

That’s a great way to start. It’s good for the environment and your pocket too. Also it’s best to feel the book, see it, read the blurb and then take it up. Online shopping doesn’t give you that privilege.

3) Set up a time

Analyse your daily schedule and see how you can seep in the reading time. This could be 3 or 4 times of 10 minutes of reading a day, or reading at a stretch. You could also set a target – like you will read 25 pages a day!

4) Keep the phone away!

5) Read as a family or to your children

This could be a before dinner or after dinner routine. A lovely way to embark on some discussions too.

6) Join a book club or start one!

This ensures that you read as you are answerable to a group. It also opens up different perspectives, as each person will view the same book differently! If a group isn’t possible, maybe this could be an activity you could do with a friend, relative or your spouse, wherein you decide on a book, set a deadline and have a discussion once over.

7) Always carry your book

Like your wallet, let your book be with you and whenever there is a wait time – read the book!

8) Make a list

Jot down at least ten books that you would like to read. The pleasure of ticking after reading them is something that needs to be experienced.


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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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