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I picked up a copy of this book and was originally dismayed to see it was a vegan approach to diabetes. While I've been veggie friendly for a long time, I simply couldn't see giving up meat for any reason. After being on the typical high protein low carb diet for the last eight years, however, it has become more and more clear I need to change something. As he says in the book, even though my blood sugar is mostly undercontrol with medicines, the numbers keep creeping upward even when I'm diligent with diet and exercise.
So, here I am, reading this book and panicking over the thought of eating oatmeal for breakfast. And fruit? Actually eating fruit? I mean, after 8 years of little fruit and cutting carbs the notion of eating them again and cutting out the meat was sort of terrifying.
Instead of plunging into the diet at the holidays, I did as he suggested and started poking around at vegan recipes to find a few winners for me and my family. (Keeping six people happy on a diet of any kind is nearly impossible.)
I'd love to see how other people have experienced this type of diet.
My first carby breakfast in a long time involved barley flakes cooked with apple and wheat germ with flaxseed tossed in at the end. It was absolutely scrumptious--no added sugar...just a sprinkle of cinnamon. And, better yet? My blood sugar two hours later was only 112--lower than my usual eggy breakfast. I was floored. I've since had his high protein waffles (made with white beans) and the whole family has loved them. His oatmeal scones are delicious and easy to make. My blood sugars have remained under 140 after every meal I've tried--even things that have included spaghetti. Better yet, there's no calorie counting, and I've not felt hungry.
I've dropped six pounds since Thanksgiving, too. I'm about 2/3 vegan at this point and am feeling incredible. High fiber, extremely low fat and healthy carbs have not sent my BS skyrocketing the way I feared they would.
It is extremely restrictive of added fats, even plant based ones. However, it's not completely fat free as there are fats in the soy products and some amount in grains and quite a bit in flaxseed. I'm a little skeptical about that as well, but so far, I've not gone "all the way" as it's not to the new year. I'll be keeping a close eye on how my body reacts so that I stay healthy.