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Topic: Does anyone have any good Vegetarian/Vegan diabetic recipes?  (Read 1491 times)
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« on: April 25, 2008 01:10:16 PM »

I was recently diagnosed with the early stages of diabetes (it runs big time in my father's family), so now I've got to eat low carbs, and NO sugar. =[
I feel like I'm starving, because I'm afraid to eat anything because it might have too many carbs and sugar.
My doctor told me I should eat meat/fish, but being a vegetarian of two years I absolutely refuse to eat it.
Does anyone have any good recipes? 
Thanks so much. xoxox

cinnamon teal
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2008 11:46:49 AM »

Sorry to hear about your diagnoses.  That sucks.  The good news is that there are lots of resources online.  I did a quick google search for you and found a whole bunch of stuff including:

this website: http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/Vegetarian/

and these books:


« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2008 12:28:18 PM »

Thank you very much! =]

« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2008 01:10:56 PM »

hmmm...I don't really know what to suggest. I am hypoglycemic so I have to watch my sugar intake too. I eat carbs, fruits, veggies....hmmm. Granola bars are good. I eat apples with peanut butter. Im not sure why these work but if you eat something filling along with your fruits and veggies that helps.. Huh
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008 09:29:49 PM »

If you need a natural sweetner, check out stevia.  That stuff rocks!  It's an herb that's 150 times sweeter than sugar in is herbal form, and 300 times sweeter in it's refined form.  You can even bake with it, but you need special recipes, since sugar contributes a lot of texture to baked products.

Vegetarianism is AWESOME for diabetes, your doctor sounds uneducated on the matter.  Low fat is great, and what could be lower in fat than a food based diet?

PM me for more info, my hubby has Type I diabetes and we're veg.
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2008 10:40:41 PM »

My mother was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago.  Her Dr encouraged her to follow a high protein, low-carb diet.  However, she had been a vegetarian for almost 10 years, and that wasn't going to fly for her.  She did her own research, and has been following Dr Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes.  Dr. Barnard has a whole different idea about how diabetes works than the traditional view, and therefore a different way to go about controlling it.  My mom has been able to go off the drugs they put her on in the beginning, and keep her diabetes well under control.  The diet takes dedication, especially in the beginning.  It is very low fat, completely vegan.  You are limited on how much carbs like bread, pasta, etc you eat, but not on veggies or the like.  Like vegetarianism, it is a change in lifestyle more than a diet".  My mom has been on the diet for almost a year, and she is doing great - she is healthier than she has been in a long time, has lost some weight, and now that she's been doing it for awhile, has no problem following the diet consistently.  The only difficulty she has is in eating out, especially when she's not close to home and doesn't know the local places.

There is a growing body of research that a low-fat, vegan diet can control, and possibly even reverse diabetes. 

Over the next few years, I plan to transition myself and my family into a similar diet - diabetes runs heavily in my family, and while I have been a veg since high school and am very healthy, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

Re: the apples with PB mentioned by Bela-Kiss.  Proteins and fats take longer than carbs to digest - eating protein with your carbs slows down the digestion process, preventing a blood sugar spike, and making you feel full for longer. (ok, its a little more complicated than that, but that's the gist of it). 

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2008 08:07:29 AM »

google "chocomole"

it's a raw recipe for chocolate mouse made w/ raw cacao and avocados.
good for diabetics too.

« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008 11:55:20 AM »

So I was in the vegetarian cookbook section of Barnes and Noble today and I saw a book that reminded me of this topic. IT is a diabetic vegetarian cookbook. I actually think it is called the diabetic vegetarian. But don't quote me on that. Try going to your local bookstore and looking for it. Some of the recipes looked yummy. Tongue
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2008 08:48:11 AM »

I will have to look it up!
Thank you! Cheesy

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