Any Vegetarians?

10Bobnote
By 10Bobnote Latest Reply 2012-05-31 18:07:10 -0500
Started 2012-05-31 09:19:37 -0500

I've been Vegetarian for over a decade and don't want to start eating meat again.
The problem is trying to find foods that won't raise my blood sugar through the roof.
Help!!


7 replies

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-05-31 12:10:33 -0500 Report

Yes 10Bob, there are several Vegetarians and also some Vegans who post on this board. I expect you'll hear from many more soon as they become aware of this discussion.

MAYS
MAYS 2012-05-31 11:32:29 -0500 Report

I have been a vegetarian for 32 years as of March of 2012.
Believe it or not, you can, and should eat whatever it is that pleases you nutritionally, as far as your blood glucose level is concerned it's much more important to factor in the following (in addition to medication) the Glycemic Index and Exercise, since the G.I. will guide you into the art and habit of selecting foods based on their "conversion to glucose rate" and execise for the benefits that it offers the body in helping your cells to absorb both insulin and glucose.

http://www.health.com/health/condition-articl...

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/6...

There are so many benefits to being a vegetarian (if you choose to become one)
here is some helpful information on this subject:

http://features.peta.org/VegetarianStarterKit/

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianvega...

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/teennutrition.htm

I hope that this helps, if I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me at any time.

~Mays~

pixsidust
pixsidust 2012-05-31 10:17:18 -0500 Report

My son is trying the vegetarian route, although he is not Diabetic. I have been concerned with him getting protein. I being Diabetic have tried some of the food I have purchased for him.

Embrace Soy Products, Soy Chorizo Sausage, Soy hamburger patties, Veggie burgers, & Tofu, to name a few. Tofu has 8-10 grams of protein and 0-2 carbs. Now thats great!

The trick with tofu is to pat the moisture out of it with paper towels, then season it for the kind of food you are making in a ziplock baggy and leave overnight in the fridge. It will take on that flavour completely removing any yuck of it unseasoned. Teriaki, mexican etc…then stir fry that in with your veggies. Watch the sauce and read for sugars and carbs then measure your ingredients

I love red, yellow and green peppers stir fried with onions, mix in with the tofu and yum! The sausage is a great addition to eggs. The soy chorizo comes out like a paste and mixes with eggs throw in veggies and you have a wonderful spicy scramble. Look into crustless quiches.

We also use tofu cubed and fried to add to spaghetti sauce. I put black olives, onions and mushrooms in it. If pasta is your enemy then use spaghetti squash.

Dried soy nuts are really good, Soy Burgers can sit on a bed of lettuce with tomato's and it goes on.

The key is to get rid of pasta, even wheat, rice, potatoes, breads except in small quantities but only if you are tolerant with your sugars. Otherwise
modify your menu. Check out the recipe section here. Find something you like and share any you might have.

Welcome and all love to you!

10Bobnote
10Bobnote 2012-05-31 10:59:20 -0500 Report

Many thanks, pixidust!
Pasta, rice, bread, Jammie Dodgers (Hah! But true.) are my downfall.
I've tried lowering my pasta intake by adding cheese, extra vegetables and soy products to my usual "al forno" dishes. My low income is also a concern. All the cheap filling foods are carbo-bombs.
Hadn't considered Tofu as a replacement for my pasta addiction, but it's worth a go. I'll just have to think of it as soy based Methadone!

pixsidust
pixsidust 2012-05-31 18:07:10 -0500 Report

Become friends with cauliflower, Cheesy enough its passable for the mac & cheese craving. There is quinoa pasta that better than regular pasta. I have some quinoa flour that I may try to make my own egg noodles with.

Check out to see if you have a food pantry with refrigeration. You can get fresh veggies then, along with dairy items. I go to one bi weekly.

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