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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

All too often we don’t make the connection between our state of health and the food we eat. Proteins are the food for growth and repair. Excess protein is a key contributor to all sorts of growth – from fibroids to cancers.  And, dairy contains growth hormones that may also cause tumours to multiply. Today, all the animals in our food chain are given hormones to increase their productivity and rate of growth, and these too can cause us harm. 

Many women have fibroids or growths of the uterus that cause a fair amount of discomfort. Sometimes surgery and even hysterectomy is advised. But when we want to get rid of any problem, it is best to address the cause of the issue in the first place. Shifting to an organic whole food plant based diet (WFPB) can shrink tumours.

The reason that a WFPB diet works is because it comprises foods that nature intended for our species; foods that we are instinctively drawn to when we see them in nature, that we could eat in the raw form. We have the dentition and digestive system of a herbivore. If we always fuel ourselves with the best food for our species we can be at our healthiest at all times!


Not only did my fibroids shrink, I felt so many other positive changes!

Rashmi Lala was diagnosed with fibroids and even got treated but nothing worked until she changed to a whole plant based diet.

A wholesome minestrone soup

This wonderful soup is a great meal replacer and can be had as your lunch or dinner. Filled with the goodness of tomatoes, vegetables and beans blended with the taste of basil, it's a must-try.


  • 100 gm spinach, coarsely chopped
  • ½ a head white cabbage, cut into fairly thin strips
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled
  • 100 gm any kind of beans
  • 300 gm fresh peas
  • 3 ripe plum tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded and cut into strips
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium-small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 rib celery, minced
  • a small bunch parsley, minced
  • 1/3 pound short pasta (either hollow or long flat pasta, crumbled)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp vegan pesto
  • 2 quarts water
  • salt


Wash the vegetables well. Combine the minced celery, parsley, onion and garlic and sauté them until the onion is a light golden colour. Lightly salt 2 quarts of water and keep on fire; when the pot comes to a boil add the spinach, cabbage, beans, peas, tomatoes, potatoes and zucchini. Stir the onion mixture into the pot and simmer everything for about 45 mins.

Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon, mash them with a fork or a potato ricer, and return them to the minestrone together with the pasta; continue simmering until the pasta is done. Remove the pot from the fire, stir in the pesto sauce and serve.

Serves 10-12

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.

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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.

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Fibroids are growths that develop in or around the uterus. These are non-cancerous and made up of muscle and fibrous tissue. They can be as small as pea to as large as a watermelon. It is estimated that about 80% of women develop fibroids in their lifetime; however, the symptoms may not be apparent in everyone, nor does every case of fibroid require treatment. 

The exact cause is yet to be determined. It has been proven though that women with hormonal imbalances, as well as obese women are more likely to develop fibroids. So, the connection with food cannot be undermined. Women post their 30's tend to develop fibroids that shrink after menopause. The only time you really need to be concerned is if you plan to conceive and also if you experience symptoms such as heavy bleeding, painful periods, lower back pain and a feeling of fullness in the pelvic area.

Dietary changes will help you avoid fibroids in the first place or even help shrink your fibroids should you have any. Read on to find out what will help:

1. Stop the meat and dairy

Animal products are high in fats and packed with hormones. Many delicious and healthy plant based alternatives for dairy, chicken, fish, mutton are possible. Start exploring!

2. Add in the fibre

Salads, fruits, smoothies and whole foods are full of fibre that aid in weight loss and also help balance our hormones. 

3. Stay off processed, packaged foods

The preservatives are chemical disruptors and best avoided.

4.  Cut back on alcohol/smoking

Consuming any type of alcohol raises the levels of hormones needed for fibroids to grow. Smoking too can trigger fibroid growth.

5.  Work on your blood pressure

Research shows a high number of women with severe fibroids also have high blood pressure. The whole plant based diet reverses blood pressure.

6. Check your Vitamin D

This surely helps in reducing the risk of fibroids. So if it is low, please start on supplements.

7. Get moving

Exercise is key to ensuring the release of existing fat as fat is one of the primary causes of fibroids. 

7. Emotional stress

According to Louise Hay, fibroids are indicators that one is nursing a hurt from a partner. It is a blow to the feminine ego. Work on this aspect with the affirmation –  I release the pattern in me that attracted this experience. I create only good in my life. 

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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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