What started as a potluck by a group of aspiring health enthusiasts, turned into a discussion about wfpd.

The day began with a standard potluck in mind on 16 November 2014, one of those series that Dr Rupa Shah has been organizing for more than 2 years. This time, the potluck was hosted by Martin Correa at his residence in Malad (west). Martin himself cut a successful figure as an overweight diabetic, who reversed his disease inside a year.

More Than Just Food

By noon, the venue was abuzz with introductions, as they gathered around the table and described the dish and the recipe they had brought to the table. Dr Rupa Shah presented the profiles of a few of the participant who had made lifestyle changes under the guidance of the doctor, and taken health into their hands.

During this discussion, Martin described his journey towards better health and lifestyle. Others discussed the curative powers of yoga and meditation towards peace of mind and balancing the energies.

Questions & Basics

The beginning of a journey begins with questions and that what many o the eager minds around the table pelted to each other when across the table. The participants ranged from 25 to 60+ years, and there is no age limit to incorporate better habits to become more fit.

Some of the questions that were asked:

  • Is it easy to make dairy free curds?
  • Is plant base food sufficient to stay healthy?
  • Do I need multi-vitamins?
  • What about probiotics?

These questions were answered and Dr Rupa Shah guided them with a brief primer of everyday living.

Health On The Table

The delectable dishes brought by participants were green tea drink, assorted dhoklas made with dairy-free curds, dairy free dahi puri, assorted salads, idli-chatni, buttermilk, beet pattis, baked vegetables, assorted cheese dips and apple crumble and fruit were just some of the items made by participants. All these dishes had been innovated by participants and infused the recipe with a creative and intelligent use of local ingredients that not only looked tempting and crafted professionally, but were very high on health front as well.

Infusing Health With Innovation

Through the years, Dr Rupa Shah organizes more than just potlucks. She unites people from various demographics and creeds across Mumbai and beyond, to introduce them to wfpd and inspire them to heal themselves with plant based foods.

The communion broke up later in the afternoon, but not before exchanging contacts, recipes and canny tips learnt from one another to take forward in their lives.