I am type 2 diabetic and vegan and now have my diabetes well under control . I do have to be careful about eating carbs as I find potatoes send my numbers high . Moderation is the key and cutting sugar right out of my diet . I enjoy seeking out new recipes to use and have not found it difficult . I love the " Forks Over Knives " plan and also Dr Neal Barnards book of curing type 2 . I wish you well on your journey to keeping control over your diabetes , if I can do it at 77 years old I am certain you can too .
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I am a type 2 diabetic and so is my husband so we started working on the Forks over Knives program which is vegan and without added oil. It's a little tough at first, but I've lost weight and feel more energetic. We just started so I don't see a change in my sugars but I have no doubt I will soon!
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There is a great movie out right now called FORKS OVER KNIVES that is available right now as an instant watch on Netflix for those of you who have it. Excellent source of info on the benefits of a whole foods plant based diet. Dr. Barnard is also having a 21 day kick start at the end of Nov of vegan Indian food I LOVE INDIAN FOOD. So excited
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I felt such deep happiness when my mother told me she ate a few peaches in peach season, and now that it is grape season she is eating a few grapes. I hear pleasure in her voice. She continues to follow Dr. Neal Barnard's diet recommendations for diabetics and life is quite other and better than what it was. She has even had a bit of brown rice now and then. I feel quite sentimental about the biting into a ripe peach, the pure joy of it. I wish that for all.
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Hi there!Good luck.I noticed someone gave you a link to Dr. Fuhrman and his eat to live books,I have recently purchased it.Will be starting his 6 week vegan plan tomorrow so heres to us being successful!! Diane
It is not as hard as people think it is to eat vegan. Good Luck!
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A little update: My mother felt a positive shift very soon after beginning Dr. Neal Barnard's diabetic dietary recommendations. Her blood sugar level has gone way down. She ate 1/2 an orange today, the first orange she has had in 8 years. I feel grateful for having stumbled upon this thread and gratitude to you all for sharing. Thanks again.
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Thank you everyone on this thread. I feel such hope. My mother has been eating a plant based, complex carbohydrate diet for about 50 years. I don't know how, she is so fit, but as an elder, she has acquired diabetes. First, she attempted to work on just diet, then tablets were added, recently, the idea of injections has cropped up. She eats what she always has, just eliminating the brown rice and such. She eats almost nothing. No way can she eat meat. I sent her a link to this thread as well as ordering the Dr. Neal Barnard book for her. I believe a major shift in her diet is possible while it is in the no-animal realm. Thank you, thank you.
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Also, 100% consult your Doctor just to make sure that this change in lifestyle is safe for you.
Plus it's a really good idea to get a referral to see a local nutritionist/dietian. I know that Universities usually always have an RD available for appointments for WAY cheaper than offices. Make a list of your goals for your new vegan way of life and make sure to convey those to the RD. She/he will definitely help you out to show you how to eat well balanced meals with low glycemic index for your condition.
You have gotten some great tips but I also wanted to offer that a great way to get started is to use a meal planning approach to help ensure you are meeting important nutrients. This blog can help you put that into practice -
Be wise with your fruit selections and amount at meals and monitor their influence on blood sugar responses and use vegetables in a great amount to round out your meal. Even though you don't choose milk, use the dairy section of the meal plan to ensure you are getting important calcium sources. This resource might help too.
The kickstart is great. You might also like Dr. Neal Barnard's DVD, "A New Approach to Nutrition for Diabetes", wherein he extols the benfits of a vegan diet for diabetics. You might also like to check out his new book, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.
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