Is anyone here a Diabetic Vegetarian?

By HisTxLady Latest Reply 2011-03-01 13:36:11 -0600
Started 2011-02-21 10:14:42 -0600

I am getting to the point meat just does not taste good anymore. I have wondered about going vegetarian but I am not real sure how it will effect my Diabetes. So I was wondering if anyone has tried it yet? Now I don't mean eating a little sometimes is breaking the law or anything but like no meat but maybe 2 or 3 times a month. I can always eat beans and nuts and peanut butter, I eat it all the time just plain peanut butter on a spoon cause of carbs in bread and as my hubby calls it fake meat lol. My great niece is a 1/2 time veggie head lol and she eats veggie burgers and stuff and seems to like them. I don't know just an idea I wanted to get some points of view on.

Thank Ya'll
God Bless, :o)

15 replies

brownbunny4340 2011-03-01 13:24:35 -0600 Report

I am a Vegetarian I have been one for 9 years and I am a diabetic too, when I first becam a vegetarian it was hard, Because I couldn't find receipes that fit into my health iissues, but along they way I have collected alot of receipes that I love and my family love too, each week at my house we have a meatless day so everyone can have the chance to be a vegetarian for one day.

EmiliaK 2011-02-23 18:25:10 -0600 Report

Hi Lori,

I have written several articles in my blog about inflammation and I wrote specifically on peanut butter you may want to read at

Peanut butter contains a large portion of omega-6s fats versus omega-3s and makes it a highly inflammatory food.

Do you like fish? It will be an excellent source of protein for you. If you decide to go vegetarian and do not include animal protein make sure you take a supplement of vitamin B12. It is essential for everybody, but especially for diabetics because a B12 deficiency affects negatively the nervous system.

Have a great day,

Emilia Klapp, R.D., B.S.

Armourer 2011-02-23 00:37:36 -0600 Report

I'm 56 and since I was three I haven't eaten meat cause I don't like the taste of it! And chicken and fish are even worse to me!!! Being diabetic is a big problem for me cause I'm so limited on protein. I have high cholestral (sp?) so eggs, cheese and peanut butter are a big problem, and they are my source of protien! I've had to cut down on the amount. I've terrible reaction to carbs of anykind. Wheat, brown rice, wheat pasta, can't eat them, or fruit. Nuts are out cause of other medical problems. Was doing well with quinoa but the cost of veggies to mix with it is pricey, and so is toa-fu, can't afford it very often anymore. If you can find a way to get protien great and good luck!

CaliKo 2011-02-21 13:19:00 -0600 Report

I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm eating meat less and less often too. I love peanut butter on pear slices. That is sometimes my lunch or even dinner with a green vegetable on the side.

HisTxLady 2011-02-21 14:00:49 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for your response. I will have to try the peanut butter and pears not sure about the sugar in the pears but I shall test and see. But it sound delicious.

God Bless :o)

CaliKo 2011-02-21 14:13:56 -0600 Report

I should have mentioned that I do choose the very smallest pears I can find, or just have a half of a larger one. I was afraid it would spike my levels, they taste so sweet, but for some reason it doesn't. Maybe the protein and fat in the peanut butter slows down the asorption of carbs. Good luck, I hope you can enjoy it, too.

MAYS 2011-02-21 11:12:57 -0600 Report


I am a diabetic vegetarian, or should I say a vegetarian diabetic.
I have been one since I was 18 years old (30 years this March), of those 30 years 9 of them were as a Vegan, it wasn't hard at all for me, it was a personal choice that I made long before I was diagnosed as a diabetic.

I neither promote it, nor discourage it in anyone, to each his\her own.
My advice to you is this, if you decide to do it, take your time, ween yourself away from meat gradually, I stopped eating meat suddenly (it was part of a bet) but I never missed it, now I consume dairy products and fish (no seafood) after consulting with my doctor who was worried that I wasn't getting enough protein in my diet in 1992.

I was always a thin, fit person as a child \ young man, but after becoming a vegetarian and damaging my pancreas during my 30's my weight began to increase from 163 to 232 over the years as my metabolism decreased but I have never felt better, (I am now at 205 lbs, 6 ft. 2 in.) although you do have to seriously count your carbohydrates as a diabetic vegetarian.

It can be done, it may seem tough at times, and it may benefit you, then again it may not!


HisTxLady 2011-02-21 11:50:29 -0600 Report

Thank you very much for your answer. I am thinking harder and harder about it. By saying you have to really watch your carbs do you mean like potatoes and rice and bread and… I try very hard to stay away from that stuff, even tho it is a fight with the family over it they say "some won't hurt" but it does. It shoots my BG#'s up and if I eat a bit of carbs and my sugar goes up then it's a "well sure it went up you just ate" and I just feel like ok fine and give up the fight. I have to watch it because I shake and sweat and go hypo at below 105 so I have to watch it but I don't need to be 200 to 300 either. The seafood part is no problem I can only eat Tilapia and only if it is fried to death lol in cornmeal so I can't have that anyway. I eat nothing else that swims in water…well except alligator but it is fried too lol…so that stuff is all nono's. I guess thats what I get for being raised in the south lol. Thank you again for your answer it is appreciated.

God Bless :o)

MAYS 2011-02-21 12:13:55 -0600 Report

All I suggest is that you really explore all of the possibilities associated with becoming a vegetarian 9as a diabetic) if you choose to do so.
There are so many different types of fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes that many people are not familiar with that are very beneficial to ones health.

Counting the carbs will allow you to see the effects that the different items of choice will have on your blood glucose level.
Here is a book that I posted that has been very helpful to me for various reasons, as well as a site that may interest you also, please take a look at them.

Whatever your choice, always manage your diabetes.
Life is so much easier without the complications, and the worries that diabetes
can bring along with it, when we miss manage it.


HisTxLady 2011-02-21 14:08:21 -0600 Report

Thank you very much for the links I will check them out for sure. I will do my best on managing for I watched my Mother go down over the years from hers, and ya know you would think she would of been a lot sharper on hers cause she was a RN. Go figure. But I will agree with the old saying of "Drs and nurses make the worst patients".

God Bless :o)

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2011-02-21 10:39:24 -0600 Report

When my niece became a vegan in her 20's I nearly croaked! Not eat meat or things that come from animals!? Well she modified somewhat and had the healthist pregnancy and a 9lb girl in Dec.

When I was diagnosed I dutifully ate legal. What I LEARNED was (1) I am allowed to purchase and eat my favorite vegetables and fruits. My health is worth. (2) Cooking several vegetables fills me well. I don't crave or long for meat. (3) Eating "illegal" makes me crave things I don't even care for such as chocolate as well as limitied as in meats.

Bottom line: One can be a vegetarian. Be sure to have good supplements.

HisTxLady 2011-02-21 12:07:22 -0600 Report

Thank you kindly for your response. I too almost fell out of my chair when my Great Niece told me she was going veggie head but the more I watched her the more I thought about the foods she was eating and it was the way I feel I should be eating. I mean meat is so full of grease and fat and do we really need to put that in our bodies? No wonder our artery's harden and clog up on us lol. Sometimes I think it's as bad as sugar. I do know for a while now if I eat hardly any sugar I get the feeling like it is secreting from the pores of my skin, and more recently all I have to do is smell the sugar and I get icky. Thank you kindly again and I will remember your answer when weighing my decision.

God Bless, :o)