My name is Rachael and i'm 20 (nearly 21) years old.
And I'm DESPERATE for help.
I went to the doctors recently, and having struggled with my diabetes for as long as i've had it, I had a bit of a wake up call.
Basically, my hbA1c's have shot up, AND my cholesterol is up to...
I've been a bit of a fussy eater ever since I was little, although I eat much more fruit and veggies now than I ever did before...I have huge problems with textures and smells too. How am I still alive you ask? Well I'm not so bad-I've found out what works for me, and eating quorn (fake meat) products with veggies i do like, and soups, I enjoy (as long as they're blended!)
But not eating meat, and having a limited diet, I guess I've fallen into bad way.
My doc said, that its common in diabetics who have had it since they were young, that they often "forget about it" kinda just wishing it wasn't there anymore.
But I don't want to die earlier than my time. And I don't want to live out my life half heartedly either!
My question? Please please, ay advice, on favourite meals, exercise regimes, healthy eating, anything regarding diabetes, vegetarianism, healthy lifestyle...
I feel like i have so little support from the hospital, my partner although he tries, doesn't understand and I live away from my parents...
Any help of suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Peace and Love,
ps I'm maybe about 1-2 stone above "my" ideal weight just now, but am trying to go to the gym 2-3 times a week on top of uni and working 3 days a week...
Hey I'm a vegan (and a pretty picky one at that) so I know what you are going through. My advice is to stick to whole foods, meaning unrefined grains, unrefined sugars, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and beans. That should probably help your cholesterol and will make you feel fantastic too! Here are my favorite sites to go to for recipes or info that you might want to check out.
Oh She glows
The Kind Life
Collegeveganista (my own)
When it comes to exercise I'm a big fan of yoga, pilates, and intense cardio (either running, biking, kickboxing, hiking, etc). My biggest advice is to find something you like and don't try to force yourself to do an activity you hate.
I am neither vegetarian nor vegan, but thank you for the links! Some of those dishes look amazing, and I can't wait to try them!
Hey! These are great! Thanks so much! x
Go to a dietician - they are as important to a diabetic as an Endo. :) Good luck!
I actually hardly ever fry anything and I don't have more than one or two eggs a week.
I do eat cheese, but not much more than most people...
I eat low fat dairy products, but I do need to balance out less carbs I guess...I will try and find a dietician for some extra help! Thanks for your advice!
I think one of the key conflicts you will need to figure out is dietary fat. A huge part of the vegan and vegetarian community has the belief that dietary fat of all kinds is unhealthy. And since you generally cannot or should not get more than 20-30% of your diet as protein, a low fat diet has to be high in carbs.
Personally, I believe that a wide range of dietary fats are actually very healthy and following a low fat diet conflicts with attempts to reduce the amount of dietary carbs. I actually think that as a vegan or vegetarian the challenge is not to find low fat carby foods, it is to find healthy high fat and high protein foods. If you eat eggs, then you shouldn't ration out one or two eggs a week, you should think about a couple a day. And if you eat yogurt, you should think about eating lots of yogurt and maybe even making your own. And don't forget the avocado.
But in the end, if you don't get your head around eating dietary fat, you will have a constant conflict that low fat diets are inherently high carb.