I am interested in following a vegetarian or vegan diet. I know exercise is important, but do need to lose some weight. Can someone help me with getting set up on this type of plan?
Both vegetarian and vegan diets can help you manage your diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol, and when followed properly, can also help you lose weight. However, these kind of diets need to be planned carefully to make sure you are getting adequate nutrition. In addition, changing to a vegetarian/vegan way of eating may initially affect blood glucose levels, and in many cases, diabetes medicines need to be adjusted. For these reasons, I’d advise you to meet with a dietitian who has some expertise in vegetarian meal planning. Your doctor may be able to refer you to someone in your community, or you can visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website at www.eatright.org to find a dietitian. In the meantime, to learn more about vegetarian diets, visit The Vegetarian Resource Group’s website at www.vrg.org.