Monday, November 1, 2010
Seriously - almost every nutrition book you can grab will tell you that vegetarians have a much lower incidence of diabetes than consumers of the standard American diet (SAD). This would lead you to believe that there are no diabetic vegetarians in the world. A Google search will further qualify this idea. Try searching for "diabetic vegan recipe" and see what turns up. I already did that, so I can save you the trouble: not stinkin' much.
This is interesting, since Dr. Neal Barnard (in conjunction with the ever talented Bryanna Clark Grogan) produced an entire book about the benefits of a vegan diet on diabetic patients. He argues that a lack of animal fats in the system, combined with healthy starches and plenty of fiber, will actually help you control blood sugar levels better than the modified SAD the American Dietetic Association recommends for diabetics.
I don't normally care much at all about blood sugar or fats, but right now I'm riding the diabetes train, and I have no scheduled stops until March. I'm expecting a little bundle of veggie joy near the end of that month; and just like my last pregnancy, I have gestational diabetes as my fun little friend on the way. Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary condition. Last time mine lasted until about the time they wheeled me out of the delivery room. Since I now have a second helping, though, it's likely that I'll be fighting type 2 diabetes a few years down the road. So it's time to get serious about my health. And I can't think that eating modest portions of lean hamburger is my road to health and wellness, no matter what it says in the ADA handbook my nutritionist gave me. The hamburgers I ate until age 28 are probably the reason I'm in this mess now.
So that means it's time to get serious about food, too. And this month, it's all about the vegan food. I'll be trying out some of Bryanna's veg-abetic recipes, of course, but I'll also try to improvise and cull things from the web that might be of use to those of us with blood sugar issues. I figure that I can't be the only veggie diabetic out there. Let's get together, insulin-resistant friends! Together we will fight the glucose demons!
(Don't be scared away if you're not diabetic, though - come and play, too. Please?)
Whatever the situation, we need to have some breakfast first. More on that tomorrow...