Saturday, November 10, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
'I made fruit parfait, peanut sauce salad and cabbage-coconut sabji...Coming from some one who can't cook at all, and everyone loved it!' shared by a participant of the first healthy cooking workshop...The workshops are about inspiring everyone to cook and connect with the food we eat! Coming up the next workshop on 14th August...it is getting filled very quickly.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I have been vegan since around 3years and it has made a big difference to my health. However I never thought that this cruelty-free diet would change my dog's life too. Angel is my 7 and a half yea old golden retriever and this is a story about how it helped change her life for the better. When Angel was around 4 years old she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart condition. The doctors informed me that the heart was enlarged to a great extent and she used to get breathless and could not even climb one floor of stairs. She loved playing ball but could not chase it like she used to. I was asked to start her on a whole course of allopathic medicine which I did. A few months after her diagnosis I happened to attend the Peas vs. Pills workshop and there I spoke to Dr Nandita about Angel's condition. She advised me to make Angel vegan but I felt that since dogs are carnivorous animals, it would not be fair for her to give up meat. However I decided to stop all dairy products for her , especially ice-cream, her all time favourite food. This helped her to a great extent as the heart stopped enlarging and during one check up her cardiologist felt that the size of the heart had even shrunk a little!
Then when she turned 7 she was diagnosed with a kidney problem. Her creatinine was 1.9 and the doctors said that I could cut down on meat as that would help reducing the creatinine to some extent. I did do that for a few months but it did not help at all and I was told to keep increasing her allopathic medicine. I then decided that some major changes needed to be made in her diet and decided to meet Dr. Rupa Shah. During our first meeting I realised that one cause of her kidney problem could be the allopathic medicine. We did some research and found out that one of the side effects of the drugs she was taking were kidney failure. From that day onwards I made Angel vegan. I began to give her small meals in a day along with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Along with Dr. Rupa's flower remedies, we slowly weaned her off all allopathic medication and after just 3 months of this new diet her creatinine dropped to 1.09! Angel enjoys her new diet and her new favourite foods are steamed sweet potato and red rice idlis. She is now able to run up a flight of stairs and chases the birds and of course her ball. Angel was also overweight by around 10 kilos just before she became vegan. She has now lost all that weight looks slim and trim. She also looks younger and behaves like a younger dog!
Now Angel is a healthy vegan dog and off all her medicines including the flower remedies that she took for awhile. What a transformation!
----------------- Rohini Fernandes, Animal Angel Foundation.
( Rohini Fernandes is a Mumbai Vegan!)
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Bangalore Our Native Village- April 2010
In the year 2002 I went for a Complete Health Check -up at the Lilavati Hospital.
The Scheme included a Consultation by a Physician who at the time was Dr.Sashank Joshi, an Endocrinologist.
After he went through my Reports he advised me to go on " Glycomet " tablets saying that although my blood sugar levels were
on the borderline, I was a potential " Diabetic " because of my family history- ( both my parents had died of heart attacks ).
I scorned at the idea that I was a potential diabetic and told him so.
I didn't wish to deal with it and " forgot " about it all.
Late October 2009 I received an e-mail from Dr.Nandita Shah inviting me for a 21 day Retreat for Reversal of Diabetes - A Pilot study undertaken by Sharan- in a Spa- Our Native Village(ONV),Bangalore and that I could participate.
Rules and Regulations were all laid out.
Oh yes! Now was my chance of really finding out about my health from a very Trusted source!!!
I applied for a seat and landed up at ONV, leaving my life ( my animals ) behind in Mumbai!
In retrospect now I think that was a very brave step- leaving things behind for somebody else to manage- I would never be able to do it again!!!
The Retreat was absolutely Divine!!
ONV is a Spa, very beautiful, and we were 21 members very well taken care of by Dr Nandita Shah.
The first day were self-introductions.
Early the next morning we went for a 45 minute walk, and after coming back we had to undergo a health check up and Complete blood tests
by Religare Laboratories.
The reports came in by evening and to my horror my blood sugar levels showed up very high.
Fasting was 126, and PP was 164.
That was a shock!!!
Now I had to face the fact that I was Diabetic!
But Dr.Nandita was very helpful and positive that I will reverse it by a healthy Vegan diet.
Although I have been brought up as a Vegetarian, I was not a Vegan.
That is when my tryst with a Vegan diet began.
That was the 1st day of my Retreat.
And a wonderful day.
After the health check up, including BP check up, we had a wonderful vegan breakfast of Mangoes, at least 2 each, Organic red rice idlis, red rice dosas, coconut chutney, a lot of sambhar and a lot of black Tea- caffeinated as well as Herbal Tulsi tea, lemon grass tea, Mint tea.
We were told that regular black tea will be served only for 4 days after that only herbal teas will be served.
We all took it very well.
After breakfast we had Marathon Power Point sessions with Dr. Nandita, all related to Diabetes and Hypertension.
They were wonderfully Informative Interactive sessions.
I learnt so much about myself, my Health!
No Medical person has imparted so much knowledge to me.
These sessions changed my life, about how I have been living my Life, about the rights and wrongs of living.
Then 1 PM was Lunch, again a delicious Vegan fare including lots of salads, dals, vegetables, brown rice, Ragi rotis, an endless menu!!!
The food cooked was Vegetarian, without Oil,No Dairy, No Sugar, No White Flour.
And we were told we could eat as much as we liked.
It was a treat for most of the diabetic participants who have always had to curtail their portions of food.
They were delighted that they could eat as much fruit as they like!!!
After the wonderful Lunch we could go to our rooms and rest, read or whatever one liked to do.
At 4 Pm was Yoga and Meditation class.
After that at 6 PM was tea, and then a luxurious 45 minute walk in the green pastures.
7 PM back for a delicious spread of Vegan dinner.
8.30 PM some discussions over what we learnt that day, and then a treat to some wonderful documentaries for an hour.
And then to bed.
The next morning would begin with a long brisk walk, coming back to blood sugar checks and BP check up.
Gradually my blood sugar levels came down to 100 Fasting and 110 PP.
The food was whole, Organic, and with a lot of fibre.
I lost 4 kgs of weight in those 21 days, and 4 kgs more in the 1st 2 months after coming back to Mumbai.
I have stuck to my Vegan whole since then and have successfully Reversed my Diabetes.
I am on no medication.
It has been about 20 months since the 21 day retreat.....I am well. Free of the label of 'diabetic'! What a relief!
I know of other Diabetic participants cut down on their Insulin doses since their blood sugar levels were coming down.
I know of a participant who was on 13 tablets of medication when he came to the Retreat, but now is on only 3 tablets a day.
And he lost 7 kgs of weight.
I will be forever grateful to Dr Nandita for helping me with my health! I highly recommend everyone to think about choosing healthy living...as priority in life! If you can go for the next 21 Day Disease reversal program at 'Swaswara Resort'...go for it! It will be life changing experience!
Monday, January 16, 2012
We had a very exciting potluck lunch event on 31st December 2011. Saroj Choudhary and Monika Mehta organised the whole event. More than 25 Mumbai vegans came...with more than 30 tasty vegan dishes to eat....posting a single picture here which tells the story of how happy Mumbai vegans are....Also Darshana Tacker was here with us from California. All the young vegans are very inspiring. If you want to meet them, do join in for future potluck lunch/dinner events....
Friday, January 6, 2012
Lisa Pitman event in Mumbai was a complete sold out event. It was for the first time that Mumbai people go to see raw vegan food, so delicious! Lisa was very enthusiastic and everyone loved her style of teaching! Here is the link for more pictures of the event.
Loved the cashew cheese recipe....yummy.