Are you using a vegan diet to treat or avoid diabetes? Following Dr. Barnard's program? The Pritikin program? The Rice House program? Feel out of place when non-vegan diabetics talk food? This is the group for you!

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Comment by andrea on August 23, 2012 at 7:07pm

hi everyone. i have recently started a vegan diet and i already notice my insulin needs decreasing! i am pumping. I went from taking about 27 total units before starting the diet, and now find that my daily totals are around 19 totals units! its an amazing feeling and i am very happy with the results, i have not lost any weight but i know that these things take time. I have been needing temp basals to avoid lows and i hardly need to correct! AND I switched from a very high meat and dairy diet. I have always been low carb and do maintain that even now as a vegan. All of these success stories are what really keeps me going, is there anybody who really dropped their insulin needs much lower than they used to be?? if so how much?

Comment by Kristen on October 27, 2011 at 11:56am
Just something I wanted to share:
I told another type 1 diabetic I know that I am vegan and he told me to watch my cholesterol levels in a very foreboding, disapproving kind of way. :P He seemed to think that veganism can attribute to high cholesterol, which he has (though he is not vegetarian or vegan).
Comment by Kristen on August 18, 2011 at 6:00am
Hello everyone! I am new on this site and also fairly new to being a type 1 diabetic. I was a vegan before my diagnosis, so I can't say whether or not I am having more success with my blood glucose levels with a vegan diet. Anyhow, it is refreshing to see that some diabetics practice a vegan diet and survive... Lol. (I say this because the low-carb treatment is quite prevalent.)
Comment by ohmyglucose on June 1, 2011 at 9:05pm
I'm new to the community and excited to see your group. I'm mostly vegan, and one of my best friends runs the site Veganish - check it out it has great recipes and purty pictures. Hope to connect with ya'll. I've found eating vegan does help me control my levels better, but there's always exceptional days, hours, even weeks. Oh well, guess no choice but to keep tryin'...
Comment by Sarah Keech on February 25, 2011 at 10:09am
Sorry. I refuse to get a slow cooker, pressure cooker or deep fryer. I am at the point where I only want to replace items that get worn out. I think I have everything else. BTW coffee grinders make excellent herb mincers if you have an extra one on hand.
Comment by Alice on February 25, 2011 at 10:04am
I could use a vegan pressure cooker recipe for excess potatoes. Anyone got one?
Comment by Chef Robert The Happy Diabetic on February 6, 2011 at 4:39am
Who's heading to TCOYD in Santa Rosa,CA next week? Stop by and say hello. I will be speaking their.
Comment by Alice on February 2, 2011 at 7:07am
Good cookbooks:
*Vegan on the Cheap*... this one is getting dog-eared fast!
New Glucose Revolution Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook
The Gluten-Free Vegan
Vegan Italiano
Comment by Rebecca on January 23, 2011 at 4:47pm
I've been following Dr. Barnard's vegan diet (about 90%) since about the first week of the new year. I dare say that my weight hasn't changed any, but my blood sugars habve greatly imroved. In fact, the average has dropped over 50 points. I was not doing well over the holidays at all and really needed a fresh start to this new year.

I am now exercising 4-5 days a week. Sometimes 45 minutes, other times 1 1/2 hours. Just depends if I'm in the mood.

I am counting calories and exercise with the daily plate by Livestrong. The site has greatly improved over the years and is similar to weight watchers online.

I am determined to beat this T1 diabetes, insulin, and plain old age, and lose these extra 10-12 lbs. of fluff. If I have to cut down to 1000 caloroies a day to shock my system then I guess that is what I will have to do.

I am enjoying the vegan lifestyle. I was already a pesco-vegetarian for the past 12 years so my diet changes just included getting rid of the fish, shellfish, and all that dairy. I did give in to a weekend binge of ice-cream, but regret insued and I'm over it now that I'm back on my own turk ( was on vacation with family).

Can't wait to see if my A1c s back down to under 6 again. Last time it was 7.3 ( my highest ever)..I'd also like to see my changes in cholesterol, although it wasn't high to start with.

So, all is well, ...except for the weight.
Comment by Sarah Keech on January 10, 2011 at 11:12am
I have added regular exercise back in my life 2 weeks ago and am writing down my meals, sugar, etc. Now I need the next step. Testing basal rates again. That helped me lower my A1C before and I am sure my needs have changed. I keep getting high sugars in the middle of the night. I have raised my basals for some of the night time periods. I have been getting lows after I treat the highs. BTW. I made a vegan spinach lasagna this week. I recommend using fresh uncooked spinach pureed in whatever ricota cheese substitute you want. I used frozen. It def. would be 100% better with fresh spinach. . .

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