The event saw the following speakers from the fest on the dais: NutriChef Vinita Contractor, fashion designer Monica Chopra, marathon runner Siddharth Shukla and Dr Rupa Shah of the Ahimsa Parmo Dharma Group.
In a Q&A format with Simona, the speakers shared their stories about why they turned vegan and how this inspired them to follow their passions. The talk focused on how veganism also inspired them to follow their passions. Dr Rupa wrapped up the session with a motivating speech about compassion and outlined the upcoming festival’s offerings.
(Above: Monica Chopra, Vinita Contractor, Siddharth Shukla and Simona Terron speaking at XChange Thursdays October edition)
(Lead pic) Speakers look on as Dr Rupa Shah shares her story)
Focus On Dramatic Tranformations
Vinita Contractor spoke of how her two young sons cemented the decision to go vegan as a family, which ultimately led to her training and getting certified as a plant-based NutriChef who now teaches healthy vegan cooking workshops.
Monica Chopra recalled how her understanding of the dairy industry’s inhumane practices propelled her to start offering sustainable, cruelty-free, and vegan alternatives through her portal to people who felt the same way she did, but didn’t know where to start.
Barefoot runner of ultra-marathons, Siddharth Shukla revealed how turning vegan transformed his health so radically that despite having had surgery four times for kidney stones, he began to run marathons. He is now in training for one of the world’s most gruelling, one-day international sports competitions called the Iron Man Triathlon, which takes place next month in Malaysia.
Dr Rupa Shah, a core member of the Ahimsa Parmo Dharma Group that is behind The Ahimsa Fest 2017, shared how she heals people and reverses diseases by helping them change their diets.
The XChange Thursdays is an initiative by Simona Terron, raises awareness about important social movements happening around us.
Text Courtesy: Simona Terron
Images Courtesy: Simona Terron