Nature is really Sweet too!

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

When our eyes are opened to the intense cruelties that are involved when we consume animals and their secretions, very few people can resist the change. But ignorance is bliss, and far too many of us prefer to remain ignorant or in denial. We don’t want to give up the comfort foods that we have had for ages. We are reluctant to give up foods that we have learnt to love.

Imagine if you could have your cake and eat it too? Many who have made the shift realise that they are missing nothing. Many say that they enjoy their foods better now than ever before. If you have not yet experienced this, please do join us somewhere and find out how great our food really is. The bonus? Better health, more energy, and the peace of mind that we are living according to our values of compassion and justice for all.


A Healthy Vegan Family

I started my vegan journey when I first attended SHARAN’s cooking class by Preethi Raghav in Chennai in early 2014 – where I came to know of the horrors of the dairy industry, and how dairy affects our health. I turned vegan the same day – from then on there was no looking back.  I started feeling light,healthy and more energetic in very few days.

When we moved to Mumbai later that year, my husband Hari attended a session by Dr. Nandita Shah (“Eat Well Weigh Less”). Her answers to his multiple concerns convinced him, and he turned vegan too.  Hari’s frequent headaches and acidity disappeared completely, and he happily lost almost 10 kgs in 4 months. (and maintains that till date).

Moving to Mumbai made me closer to the active SHARAN Mumbai community. Thanks to Reyna and her cooking classes, I started experimenting with the dairy alternatives for various recipes, and slowly started using more whole grains and millets, and started oil free cooking too. It has been an amazing journey since then.

Our three year old daughter Sahaana has been vegan from birth, except for some rare occasions when her grandparents feed her some dairy stuff. We don’t give her any processed food, and she has developed a strong liking for fruits. She is not deprived of any of the food items that kids normally have – cakes, ice creams and cookies – all vegan and homemade. Thanks to this healthy and guilt free diet, she’s been an active and happy baby.

Food for Mind

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another  – William James

Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

This delicious and wholesome soup, could actually become a meal itself, maybe accompanied with a light salad. Go light this summer!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 500 gm sweet potatoes cut into chunks
  • 300 gms carrots cut into chunks
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 ltr vegetable stock
  • 100 ml cashew cream / coconut milk


Roast the sweet potatoes and carrots with salt and different seasonings of your choice in an oven for about 20 minutes, or until caramelized and tender. Allow to cool.

In a saucepan, roast the onions until softened. Add garlic and roast for a while. Add stock, and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool.

Add the roasted vegetables in the stock and blend. Heat it with seasonings and cashew cream or coconut milk.

Garnish with cashew cream and relish.

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The Super Sweet Potatoes

One of the world’s healthiest foods, sweet potatoes have a special place in the whole plant based diet. They are fibrous, delicious and versatile, as they could be had in different ways from savouries to desserts. And did you know, you could even eat them raw with their skin!

Six reasons Sweet-potatoes should be a part of your diet…

1.  Packed with antioxidants, Vitamins C, E, D and minerals such as manganese and iron.

2. High in potassium which helps to lower blood pressure.

3. Easy to digest.

4. Relaxes muscles and steady nerves.

5. The health benefits of sweet potatoes are available when eaten raw, steamed and baked.

6. Comforting, satisfying and healing.



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.

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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