I read your post and am wondering why you think that red meat is a no-no? As a diabetic, you can eat most anything as long as it doesn't effect your blood sugar. I eat green peas all the time- they are little powerhouses of nutrition and full of fiber- I count the carbs and cover it with protein so my sugar level doesn't rise. Real eggs are a great source of lutein (for your eyes) and many are enriched with heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Egg whites are as close as you can come to a perfect protein.
I hesitate to tell you what I eat during the day- only because I have tested it many times and tweaked things so that my bg level remains stable. You need to test the foods you want to eat to see what, if any, effect they have on you. I know that I can eat many things that make others here shoot through the roof. I am a vegetarian which complicates the matter too- but I'll give you an idea and you can take from it what you will.
I eat as much fresh, unprocessed, and unadulterated food as possible. I try to eat locally grown, organic, in season food. I grow most of my own greens from spring (cold frame) through early fall.
For breakfast I eat: Greek style low carb yogurt; berries; and 1/8 cup long-cooking oats+1/2 cup water. I add a tsp of fresh ground nut butter to the oatmeal (a trick I learned from Jeannie -now I'm hooked on it)- some days I make omelets filled with cheese, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, grilled onions and roasted garlic, maybe with some veggie sausage or bacon.
For lunch I eat: a large salad made with dark leafy greens, cucumbers; 2 egg whites, 1 oz of cheese; grape tomatoes; roasted red peppers; 2 oz of tofu; green peas; avocado; scallions, radishes, mushrooms, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage ( I make a big bowl of the greens and dry fixings- and grab some for my bowl)- I use walnut oil and apple cider vinegar to dress it.
For dinner I eat: grilled, roasted, stir-fried or steamed veggies (non-starchy) and 2 portions of a vegetarian protein - this can take the form of lentil soup, vegetable 'beef' soup; lasagna; chili etc (regular dinner food) I either use konjac shirataki or Dreamfields pasta for the 'starchy' part.
I snack on raw nuts.
I treat myself with Lindt 70% dark chocolate squares or parfaits made with real whipped cream and the low carb yogurt as a base.
hope this helps you- sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett