Vegan picnic in Cubbon Park: 19 December 2009

The monthly Bangalore vegan meet is open to everyone: new and long-term vegans, vegetarians or anyone who would like to learn about veganism and sample some delicious vegan dishes. This is a great way to meet and make friends with vegans in Bangalore and share experiences, tips and recipes. There is no agenda, just come, eat, socialise and enjoy! But please do bring a vegan dish to share.

The December meet will be a vegan picnic in Cubbon Park! Bring your friends and family members.

There will be a magic show for the kids!

We will meet at 2pm near the Queen Victoria statue at Rani Park (the small park adjacent to Cubbon Park). It’s located across the road from Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium. Once all of us meet, we will probably walk up to the ‘rock’ for the actual picnic.

For more information, contact us: bengaluruvegans AT

Doctors Outline New Nutritional Approach to Diabetes in Seminar

Research Finds a Low-Fat Vegan and Wholesome Diet More Effective Than Diabetes Medication

More than 75 million people in India may suffer from diabetes by the year 2030. But healthy eating could reverse this devastating epidemic, according to American nutrition researcher and author Neal Barnard, M.D.

Dr. Barnard of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC, USA will present a seminar in Bengaluru on 4th – 6th Dec to share findings from his latest research showing that a low-fat plant based diet can help many patients cut their blood sugars, improve their insulin sensitivity, and reduce, if not eliminate, their medications. In this three-day seminar, Dr Nandita Shah will present cooking classes to demonstrate how to prepare healthful plant-based meals that can help prevent and treat diabetes.

In a long-term clinical trial published in May in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Barnard and other researchers found that a plant-based diet helps people with diabetes lose weight and improve their blood sugar and cholesterol. The randomized, controlled trial is a milestone in diabetes research because previous studies had collected data for six months or less.

“A low-fat vegan diet has proved its staying power as one of the most effective long-term treatments for type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Barnard. “Meat-heavy Western eating habits and high fat processed food diets have driven India’s diabetes rates through the roof, but a return to plant-based wholsome & low fat food diets could reverse that trend and save lives.”

The vegan diet represents a major departure from standard diabetes diets because it places no limits on calories, carbohydrates, or portions. Patients can eat to satiety and still experience weight loss, lower cholesterol, and other benefits. Global diabetes rates have climbed rapidly in recent years, and the disease often leads to kidney failure, blindness, amputations, and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Barnard’s unique nutritional approach to treating diabetes is outlined in his book, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes. The book is based on years of clinical research the author conducted with George Washington University and the University of Toronto.

Seminar Details

What: Reversing Diabetes: A Life-Saving Seminar

Who: Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Nandita Shah

When: December 4 – 6, 2009. First 2 days 9 am to 7 pm and 3rd day 9 am to 3 pm.

Where: Sampurnah at Evoma; #14 Bhattarahalli, Old Madras Rd, KR Puram, Bangalore 560 049

Cost: Rs 5250 for the three-day event with all meals included. Accompanying spouse Rs. 2500

Special rates for hotel stay at EVOMA HOTEL.

Registration: Nathaneal: 09687605543, Shekhar 080 41903077 or

See the e-brochure here.

Meat the Truth at the next vegan meet – 24 October 2009

At the next  vegan meet we will be screening the documentary Meat the Truth in association with FIAPO (Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations), IYCN (Indian Youth Climate Network) and is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.

There have been several high-profile films which have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming. But they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and vegan tea and snacks.

October 24 is the International Day of Climate Action. Actions have been confirmed in about 135 countries so far and the list is only growing:

This event is open to the public.

Venue: CED ( Center for Education and Documentation)
No. 7, 8th Main , 3rd phase
Domlur 2nd Stage
Bangalore – 560071
Time: 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Contact info:

Sowmya Reddy: 98447 47771,

Brinda Gourav: 98864 84315,

A special way to celebrate World Vegan Day on November 1st


November 1st 2009 (World Vegan Day) will mark the opening of the Sthitaprajna Vegan Life Centre in a picturesque location near Byndoor, Udupi District, Karnataka, India. Here, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, one can learn how to live happy and healthy in harmony with nature without hurting or harming others.

A vegan event is planned for the occasion with many vegans and other important people planning to attend and endorse the vegan lifestyle. Be part of this historic moment! For more information, please write to Vn.Shankar Narayan, President-Indian Vegan Society and Councilor and Regional Coordinator for India, South and West Asia-International Vegetarian Union, UK at or visit for more information.

If you would like to travel to Byndoor from Bangalore for the November 1st event, please contact Sandesh who is organising the trip from Bangalore:

Dr Nandita Shah will join us at the next vegan meet


During the next vegan meet, we’ll have a special guest speaker. Dr Nandita Shah will present a short talk on being vegan in a non-vegan world, and the health aspects of being vegan. She’ll be happy to answer your questions after the talk. We will also share a vegan meal, as usual, so please bring your favourite vegan dish!

Being vegan in a non- vegan world

Being vegan in a non vegan world is not that easy, and though we are determined there are many stumbling blocks. But there are many reasons why everyone should go vegan – there is the environmental argument, the health argument and last but certainly not least the animal rights argument. In a country like ours, vegan diets could also save many from going hungry.

Dr Nandita Shah regularly conducts Peas vs Pills workshops to help people prevent and reverse diseases with a whole-food plant based diet. This is not a new concept. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine food”. Unfortunately today doctors don’t get much training on either preventive medicine, or nutrition. This is why there are many myths floating around about foods that are good for health.

Dr Nandita Shah will be speaking to us on Being vegan in a non vegan world. She will be especially covering the health aspects of being vegan and will be answering your queries about the health aspects of a vegan diet. Hopefully this talk will help you further when people ask you why you are vegan and will give you advice to guide them to a healthy vegan lifestyle as well.

The presenter: Dr Nandita Shah.
Dr Shah has been practicing homeopathy in India for over 28 years. She believes each of us can be our own best doctors most of the time. For the past 5 years, she has presented the Peas vs Pills workshops in India, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA, inspiring others to make dietary and lifestyle changes resulting in positive health.

Date: Saturday 29th August 2009

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Times Foundation, 40/1 S&B Towers, MG Road, 1st Floor Training Room, Bangalore.

As usual, please bring a vegan dish to share with everyone!

Why vegan?


1.      Because we don’t want to eat our animal friends.

2.      Because it’s important for us to have a compassionate lifestyle.

3.      Because we care for the environment.

4.      Because we care about our health.

5.      Because we don’t want to support a food industry which has industrialised cruelty.

6.      Because we don’t want to drink the hormones, antibiotics and other crap which is fed to cows and then transferred to milk.

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