World Diabetes – Free Day

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. The reason diabetes has its own day is because it is emerging as one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the world.

In our belief that every person can be free of diabetes with just a little knowledge and willingness to commit to that knowledge, we at SHARAN envisage a day when November 14 could be renamed as World Diabetes-free Day. This comes out of our vision to create a diabetes-free India and world.

Diabetes has so many complications – the most annoying of these are neuropathy and erectile dysfunction. But other conditions like heart disease, loss of vision, amputations, and chronic kidney disease are seriously debilitating. The good news is that all of these can be completely avoided with simple lifestyle changes. The time to make that shift is right now with so many vegan friendly products coming into the market.

SHARAN holds your hand as you prepare to embrace the change through our complimentary talks, 21-day online diabetes reversal programme and our much sought after 21-day health retreats. We also offer consultancy over phone, Skype and in person. SHARAN periodically hosts seminars and supported programmes on reversing diabetes and hypertension, as well as cooking classes on ways to cook delicious food using whole plant-based techniques. My book ‘Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days’ is a valuable resource. SHARAN can help people with both type 1 and 2 diabetes. 

World Diabetes Day Special:
 We are offering a week-long 50% discount on our 21-Day Reversing Diabetes Online Programme. If this is for you, grab this coupon and register now!


I am totally off my diabetes and blood pressure medicines!

An article in The Times of India and his strong desire to be healthy and off medications led 67 year old Umesh Thakker to heal through food. Now he tells everyone that food is your Medicine!

Malai Peda 

Diabetes and sweets – a big no! This is because sugar and jaggery are highly refined. However, natural sweeteners are always permitted and welcome. So, fruits including bananas and mango along with dates, raisins and figs are perfectly safe to consume on a whole plant based diet. 

No sugar and no jaggery does not mean you need to deny yourself of those delicious pedas! Click on this link to find out how to make them without sugar or milk!  Try them out and indulge to your heart’s content.


  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cashew flour
  • 2-3 tbsp desiccated coconut/ dried coconut
  • 3 tbsp extra firm tofu, crumbled
  • 3 – 4 tbsp dry dates powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2-3 tsp non dairy milk if needed
  • 2 tbsp date paste
  • a pinch salt


Mix the almond flour, cashew flour, desiccated coconut, tofu, dry dates powder, salt and cardamom. Add the date paste and roll into small balls. If the mixture is not binding add non dairy milk and form small balls. This can be consumed as it is or it can be baked at 180 degrees C for 5-6 mins.

Makes about 12-15 pedhas

Food for the mind


If you love Facebook, then join us to be supported on your plant based journey. Since 1 January, 2016, we have been offering three possibilities

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.


Diabetes can be reversed 

If you want to get rid of any problem, you need to understand the cause of that problem and remove it. The reason that cutting out sugar or carbohydrates does not resolve diabetes is because sugar or carbohydrates are not the cause of diabetes. High blood sugar is the result of diabetes. The cause of diabetes is lack of insulin or insulin resistance. And the causes of insulin resistance are as follows –

1. Diabetes is a hormonal problem

It is linked to other hormonal problems such as hypothyroid, PCOD, infertility, or vitamin D imbalance. When one hormone goes out of balance, the others can be affected.

2. Foods

All animal products are likely to be high in hormones. Non-organic plant foods may contain hormones too, while hormonal medications like steroids could contribute as well.

3.  Fat

Fat stored inside the muscles cells causes insulin resistance. Therefore, we must reduce all fats without fibre – oil, ghee, butter, and animal products including dairy and eggs – as they too are full of fat.

4.  Lack of fibre

Only plants have fibre although refined and processed plant foods also lack fibre. Fibre holds on to fat and flushes it out of the body

5.  Chemicals

These are hormone disruptors – medications, personal care products (soaps, shampoos, hair dyes, deodorants, toothpaste, hand sanitisers, perfumes, makeup etc), home care products (incense, air fresheners, detergents, pest control, phenyl etc), non-organic fruits and vegetables and other foods, readymade products, plastics, artificial sweeteners all have chemicals that can impact your condition.

6. Dairy

Dairy and its derivatives contain fat, no fibre, hormones, chemicals (pesticides, PCBs, urea, antibiotics, adulterants) and is therefore the leading cause of diabetes. Dairy is also packed with hormones.

7. Stress

This is often the precipitating cause of diabetes. Check your levels each time you are stressed or sick – you will be surprised to see how blood sugar shoots up.

8.  Lack of exercise

Exercise helps reduce stress by increasing serotonin and endorphins. It also helps to burn fat. Choose a form of exercise that you truly enjoy.

9.  Lack of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a hormone and unfortunately almost everyone in urban areas suffers from a lack of it. It is important to regularly check the levels of this hormone, and supplement if necessary.

10.  Beverages

Tea, coffee, colas, alcohol, smoking raise blood sugar levels and should be completely avoided.

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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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