Fibre & Faith

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

I am always amazed at how much one can learn from every aspect of nature, particularly from animals in nature. Isn’t it interesting that animals are never overweight? During my visit to Africa, I saw a lot of grass but no overweight zebras, a lot of zebras but no overweight lions. Why? No animal goes around with a calorie chart or a menu plan. They never need one. Every animal eats what has been designed for them by nature (or God), and every animal eats its food whole and raw. All except us.

In natural foods, wherever there are lots of calories, there is always a lot of fibre.  Take for example coconuts. Tender coconuts have less fat, and also less fibre. Mature coconuts have more fat, but also more fibre. Eat any coconut and it will not be harmful. But refining coconut into coconut oil or even coconut milk can cause weight gain as it’s possible to consume a lot more calories when the fibre has been removed. The same holds true for sugarcane. You can never ‘overeat’ sugarcane because of its high fibre content. The same cannot be said about its refined derivatives such as juice, jaggery and sugar. In short, fibre in whole foods prevents you from over-eating. All ‘God-made’ foods are therefore safe. But man-made foods are refined or processed, and can easily be had in excess.

Nuts are calorie dense too. Nature, in her wisdom, has designed them in a way that they are very difficult to access. Walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pistachios are difficult to access without tools.  That’s nature’s way of telling us to have them with caution!

Eat foods in their most natural form, and only those that are meant for us. Also, have faith that your weight will be in check and so will disease. Nature would never have it any other way.

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Going vegan indicates your ability to question and to make the right choices. In adopting a vegan way of life, you display your conviction to walk the right path, your faith in nature. And if you are already a healthy vegan, your conviction indicates the depth of your faith in the body’s healing powers. 

Creamy Potato Pumpkin Soup 

Thick soup coupled with sumptuous salad makes for a wonderful wholesome meal. Do try this rich, filling and creamy soup that is delicious despite zero oil or dairy!


  • 1 russet potato chopped, steamed.
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, chopped
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup almond milk (or any other nut milk)
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • coriander to garnish


Sauté the potato, onion, garlic and ginger till the onion and potato are soft (this step can be avoided and all ingredients transferred to a blender directly, but this step gives the soup a flavor).

Transfer to a blender. Add all other ingredients (except coriander). Blend on high for about 5 minutes until you see steam emerging. Pour into bowls, adjust salt and pepper, garnish with coriander leaves. You can add a slice of almond on top for added crunch.

Serves 2

Food for the mind


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Fibre & Faith

Time we focused on the cleansing within. All the cosmetics that we use on our faces only enhance our external look, and only temporarily. What is within us is what truly counts. So for a complete clean-up within, fibre is key. It is the broom that cleanses our internal systems, scrubbing the fats and toxins that are stuck within and allowing them to be released. Fibre is equally important for our digestive health and bowel movements. Plus, fibre helps you feel full and therefore eat less.

If fibre is vital for our overall wellbeing, faith serves as the foundation for our mental strength. It is only when we have faith in our body and its powers that it truly heals. The health benefits that faith brings on have been evidenced by a number of scientific studies.

So, arm yourself with fibre and faith for your health to be truly insured. It can’t get simpler than that.

Read on to find out how:

1. Start your day with   

Wake up and be with yourself. Use this time to self-reflect. Read inspirational books of life-coaches and masters and study their observations. The earlier you wake up, the better you feel.

2. Have a green smoothie  

The best way to break your fast after a good night’s sleep is a green smoothie. Greens are the highest quality of nature’s food that you can fuel your body with. For recipes, click

3. Be aware    

True meditation is to be constantly in the present moment. Train the mind to be in the present. This comes with practice. Eventually, your sense of awareness increases and you begin to respond instead of react.

4. Fruits & salads  

Mother Nature has packed her goodies with loads of fibre. So do ensure you pack in fruits on an empty stomach and salads before your lunch and dinner.

5. Join a spiritual class  

Consider a spiritual class as your mental gym. A teacher who motivates you to make positive changes in your life and helps you evolve is invaluable. Take out time to listen to the masters.

6. Go plant-based 

All animal products including dairy contain zero fibre and are full of fat and protein.

7. Exercise

Sustained activity releases a feel-good hormone that helps you to maintain a positive state of mind.

8. Go organic

Chemicals cause hormonal imbalances. Stay away from them. Invest in your health by procuring fresh organic produce. This includes your dry groceries as well. Stay away from packaged and processed foods that are replete with chemicals. Stay away from toxic thoughts too!

9. Harbour an attitude of gratitude

The more grateful you are, fewer the reasons for you to complain. Maintain a journal and make it a point to write how grateful you are every single day.

10. Eat mindfully

Be aware of what you feed your body and when you do it. It is best to eat when hungry and drink when thirsty.

11. Sleep well

There is a good reason why it is said that ‘early to bed and early to rise, makes you healthy, wealthy and wise’. Sleep truly heals.

12. Digital detox

This is truly vital. Don’t waste time on online stalking or trolling. Instead, get into a productive activity such as sport, reading, walking, spending time with family or acquiring a new skill.

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Vasanti Sundaram, Bangalore who has also benefitted from the SHARAN programmes, and now spreads awareness of plant based lifestyle through her talks.

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