Calling all Diabetic Vegetarians

By Robin052 Latest Reply 2011-10-16 16:20:51 -0500
Started 2011-10-15 19:13:24 -0500

I used to be a vegetarian but then went back to eating chicken and fish. About 5 months ago I went back to being a vegetarian. I was diagnosed in April 2010 with Type 2. I am so clueless right now that it's pissing me off. I am seeing an Endocrinologist in a few weeks but my numbers are all over the place. There are no cookbooks out there for Diabetic Vegetarians and they still can't decide if I'm Celiac. My mom said I was born Celiac. Two tests say yes and two say no. Did some bloodwork a few weeks ago fasting…sugars were high, cholesterol was high(which I take a statin for) and calcium was high. I get my protein from nuts and cheese. I was never taught what good or bad is and I'm frustrated. Can anyone who is vegetarian clue me in? Do I just live on plain celery the rest of my life??????? Thanks..

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100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-15 20:16:40 -0500 Report

Hi! I have just started switching over to a Vegan plus not eating any oils including canola and olive oil. The book that I got a hold of was, Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn Jr MD.
On this diet your sugars, cholesterol & weight should all lower themselves. My brother and his wife have been vegetarians for several years and they have been Vegans for about 2 months now. Believe me, they don't just eat celery. The book includes 150 recipes to get you started on the right track.

jean m
jean m 2011-10-15 20:21:33 -0500 Report

where did u find the book i have been trying to find a book on diabetes

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-15 20:56:23 -0500 Report

I got this book on Now this book emphasizes the heart but their recipes are intended to be Low Fat, low sugar, Vegan recipes. My brother and his sister has tried several of them and find the
To be tasty. I have to wait until payday before I can buy anything. He gave me suggestions on the recipes they liked so I have a starting place. You can also go on The few recipes I saw there are using an artificial sweetner instead of sugar. You can pick up the sweetener 'Truvia' from the grocery store. That is a plant based sweetener.

Robin052 2011-10-15 21:59:39 -0500 Report

Thanks for telling me about this book but it was mainly written for the heart. So I'm still not sure about the numbers and what they should look like. Bill Clinton is on a plant-based diet, that's how he lost all that weight but he did it for his heart. I'll have to look at this. I have Diabetes cookbooks and Vegetarian cookbooks but nothing together. It's very frustrating. Maybe I will gather as many recipes of all kinds together and write one myself. This shouldn't be so hard. Geesh.

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-16 16:20:51 -0500 Report

You know, I haven't seen lowfat, low sugar Vegan reciepe that has the calories, carbs, fat grams and sugar calories listed. You would be filling a great void if you wrote cookbooks providing that info. Everyone seems to be trying to break it down themselves.

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-15 23:02:48 -0500 Report

I think too what may be confusing you is that the title of the book I mentioned is for the heart. What doctors have discovered is that if you take the same diet and just watch the sugar and fat content, you have the best all around diet there is and that the diabetes generally takes care of itself. You just monitor it to make sure. Many people that have chosen this diet no longer experience high blood sugar, high
Cholesterol or high blood pressure. This diet has taken care of all of that; which makes it easier for the patient. You don't need a separate diabetic diet. Now are there exceptions to the rule? Of course. The diet is designed for the majority and then and individual may have to tweak it depending on what their system is sensitive to.

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-15 22:51:51 -0500 Report discusses amount of sugar calories in some vegetables and other items. If you Google American diabetes association
Diet, it will give you several choices to choose from. One area will set you up with a meal plan if you want. Another discusses counting carbs. This possibly is the type of help you are looking for. If you go to a bookstore and ask where the American Diabetic Association book is, they should be able to point you in the right direction. There should be one that discussed Carbs and all that in their Medical section.

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2011-10-15 22:07:04 -0500 Report

What numbers are you looking for? Ie carbs or what? What everyone is telling me is if you do your entree based on
A recipe, you will get the idea of the portion. Then have a nice salad. Then you take a small to medium apple, orange, pear, peaches or
whatever fruit you want. This concept can be for your lunch and dinner.

For breakfast, I eat oatmeal, raisins or whatever fruit I want, soymilk, and Stevia for sweetener. I use the serving size on the side of the oatmeal container. I only check my bs twice a day ie once in the morning and once at night. As long as they are okay, I don't care whether they are at the bottom of the okay or the top. Ok is ok. I do make note of which was is high so I don't mix it with something else that is high. That might push me over. From what I understand a Lowfat, low sugar Vegan diet gives you room to play a bit. It should be the fruit that can push you into highs. Don't drink fruit juice or that will spike your bs. But you can add small amounts of fruit juice for it's taste and as a sweetener. As Heart Hawk in the heart site will tell you, everyones body is different. Some people have a gene that they can't eat fats without gaining weight. Other people have a bs that tends to spike on certain grains. HH cannot eat oatmeal without his BS going high. So he has to look at other grain options. Both me and my brother have to look at packages and keep our fat grams as low as possible. So there are various numbers we watch to make sure we are doing okay. Grapes are known to be high in sugar so I stay away from them as much as possible.