IMO, you would have a tough time with Dr. Bernstein's diet. However, I believe low-carb is the proper diet for all diabetics.
My view is this: my diabetes dictates my diet. By that I mean, if I do not control my blood sugars, I'm in serious danger. What is the point of eating what many consider a healthy and moral diet if it's going to kill me, a diabetic? There is nothing moral or healthy in that scenario. So a vegetarian diet is simply out of the question for me (and IMO, s/b out of the question for all diabetics).
If you ate eggs, you would have a much less difficult time with this type of diet.
You may also want to check out the low-carb vegetarian forum at lowcarber.org. There seems to be a good bit of information there.
I do urge to to take control of your carbohydrate intake. At the end of the day, carbs are simply sugar in another form, and they will harm diabetics if they are not strictly controlled.
I'm going to have to agree with Santoz here, who I think has summed it up rather well.
I've been type 1 for 25 years and was also a strict vegetarian for 16 of them. Looking back on that time I now recognise that my diet relied far too heavily on carbohydrates and too little on protein which was always difficult to obtain in quantity. There really is only so much tofu one can eat. Eventually, and for a number of reasons, I abandoned vegetarianism 5 years ago and, maybe counter-intuitively, my health and blood sugar control has improved as a result.
I appreciate the morality of your position, but I've found that since I started putting myself first and eating what works for me my diabetes has greatly improved as a result.
That said, and Santoz is right here also, if you were to include organic free range eggs then it probably would be do-able?
Best of luck,
Thanks for the info- other than the meat, your eating plan sounds very do-able to me. I have been eating 3 meals, and 1 snack(locarb skim milk, doctor's orders, with my night dose of metformin) around 120-130 total carbs (always low GI/GL) with about 35 grams of fiber, so I am not doing too bad in the carb department based on your numbers. The diabetes dietitian that I was sent to prescribed 180-200, 3 meals, and 3 snacks, which kept my BG levels in the 170's or higher all the time, even with 500 mg of metformin three times per day. And as an added bonus- I gained weight! She kept saying..if you only ate meat, this would be so much easier...Since dropping down to my current levels, my BG is around 115 - 135 during the day, but it rises to 150 overnight. I am going to try adding egg whites and hi protein veggie burgers (Boca, Morningstar), soy based protein powder, and lo carb skim milk to up my proteins and change my carb/protein/fat ratio. We'll see how that goes for a start. There are so many conflicting opinions/eating regimes/doctor directives that my head spins around like that poor girl in the Exorcist. I need to be my own lab rat I guess to determine what works best for my body and you've given me a good starting point.
You must be one heck of a cook. Didn't I make a terrific brown rice/barley dish that you posted? I am also bread maker fan and have burned out 4 of them over the years. I love my current machine - a nice Zoshirushi (sp?)- Would you be willing to send me the specifics of your bread recipe and the size loaf you make? It sounds great- I grind my own grains, and I would be glad to abandon my Whole Foods Lo Carb Flaxseed for something I could make and slice myself. I'm sure my husband would be glad to get away from the 'carb-board' bread too. Thanks!
I agree with you. There are a lot of charlatans and conflicting opinions out there. And I have been mightily confused since receiving my diagnosis 2 months ago. I tried the balanced approach prescribed by my diabetes dietitian and I gained weight and saw no signigicant drop in my BG numbers. So I started to look for real experts - the people who have my disease (and yours, I presume) and who have gained some semblance of control over it. That's how I wound up on this forum. So far, I have used the experience of a poster named cmkeyse to overcome the side effects of my medication. I know there are folks who have dropped their BG numbers and A1Cs, and improved their lipid profiles and blood pressure readings using dietary approaches like Dr. Bernstein's and herbal supplements. I thank my lucky stars that they are willing to share their experiences with me and other newbies. I am happy that the balanced approach to eating works for you- and I thank you for your input. It, apparently, doesn't work for me so I plan to continue to ask the experts for their helpful suggestions. sandy
I'm with you, gelchick!
I listened politely when the diatetian gave me the "recommended" food plan when I was diagnosed 3 yrs ago. Then told her I had no intention WhatSoEver of following it. She finally understood that I was adamant and left it with a "call if you need me" - which I haven't. Oh well, she was just doing her job, telling me what she had been taught - not her fault she was Wrong.
Low carb works for me. Always.
What I have trouble with is fluids - hate water, love coffee with Hood's 'milk', love diet soda, hate Crystal Lite, like tea but it gives me heartburn. I've yet to find the perfect liquid and now, with 7 month old permanent colostomy, must somehow rectify that.
I still find it surprising to come across other diabetics who mistrust the low-carb idea. Logically, practically and empirically it makes complete sense. At the same time, I'm encouraged to find that it's making a difference to you guys too.
Wmnak, I agree, any dietician that simply spouts the official party line (the food pyramid!) has very little to offer us without a much more open mind. By the way, how about low cal (slimline) tonic water? I find it has no effect on my bg and yet is really good to drink.
All the best,
I live in the UK, Scotland to be precise, so we may not have access to the same brands. Besides, over here we wear shoes on our heads and hamburgers eat people!
I buy Schweppes Slimline Indian Tonic water, the stuff one would put in a G&T, only without the sugar. It comes in both regular and lemon flavours. If you can't find it, you must have your own versions I suppose. The ingredients for a decent G&T are the very bedrock of a civilised society after all.