Washington: With several Bollywood celebrities participating, the Indian version of the popular '21-Day Vegan Kickstart' programme is set to begin from November 7.

The popular programme in the US, which has helped more than 150,000 Americans lose weight and improve their health, is created by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, according to a press release.

It will offer Indians in India and around the world a research-based roadmap to jumpstart weight-loss and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems, the release said.

The event organizers said that the Indian version is specifically designed for Indian diets, with Indian recipes and Indian celebrity coaches.
The coaches include actors Madhavan, Amala Akkineni, Jackie Shroff, Celina Jaitley, and Alicia Silverstone, among others, who will share nutrition tips and their favorite recipes over 21 days.

"Vegetarians in India are fortunate to have their pick of meatless options. Order a plant-based entrée the next time you dine out or travel," says Shashi Tharoor, as he shares his recipe of Idli and Samandi Chutney.

"Cooking my own food gives me control over what I put into my body. Whenever possible, cook with fresh, nutritious ingredients and avoid heavily processed foods," says Jackie Shroff, who recipes include "Black Kerala Rice with Sweet Potatoes" and "Brinjal with Green Chillies and Garlic".

The Kickstart programme is based on PCRM president Dr Neal Barnard's National Institutes of Health-funded clinical research showing that low-fat, plant-based and dairy-free diets can help people lose weight, reverse diabetes, and implement long-term changes in eating habits and health.

"India faces a health crisis like never before. Traditional plant-based diets are being swamped by meat and processed foods, dairy product consumption is rising, and these unhealthy foods are driving obesity and diabetes rates through the roof," Dr Barnard said.

He said that the research shows the best way to lose weight and reverse disease is to jump into a completely dairy-free, plant-based diet for three weeks.

"It's easy to eliminate milk, ghee and yogurt from an Indian diet," says Dr Nandita Shah, a Mumbai-based physician who has developed some of the recipes for the programme.

The Kickstart offers healthy, dairy-free versions of traditional favorites like Carrot Halwa, Palak Paneer, and Navratan Kurma, Shah said.

"Kickstart your morning with a nutritious breakfast. I like to start my day with fresh fruit, lots of water, a breakfast sandwich, or protein shake. Fuel up on greens, salad, and roti for afternoon meals, said Bollywood actor Madhavan.

He said that besides proper diet, enough sleep and regular exercises will balance our body and mind.