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Vegetarianism and Diabetes

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

When you find out that you have diabetes it is easy to become overwhelmed by, all that you will need to do to manage this disease. Diet will be the first issue addressed by your physician because this is the area that has the biggest impact on treatment. Some people turn to strict diets that eliminate all animal products and sugar. Vegetarianism and diabetes has gotten a lot of attention over the years. Diabetes is the inability of the body to produce and or use insulin. Insulin moves the glucose in the blood stream into the cells to fuel them. For whatever reason many times, this process is interrupted. Either the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the cells are not utilizing it properly. Whichever occurs this leads to a buildup of blood sugar that can cause a host of other problems. Diet is the first line of defense for these issues.

There are many levels of a vegetarian diet, from strict vegetarian or vegan to more liberal plans that allow for meat on special occasions. No matter which plan you lean towards there is some evidence that vegetarianism and diabetes are a good fit. Whether you extremely strict or more lenient on whole a vegetarian diet are lower in calories than an average diet. Since weight, loss is a major goal of most diabetics this is a good plan. Weight loss can reduce the cells resistance to insulin, which in turn allows them to process sugar like they are supposed to. A vegetarian diet contains little or no animal products; this in turn reduces fat and cholesterol in the diet, which reduces the occurrence of other complications from diabetes. Namely cardiovascular and kidney disease, two of the most common complications.

There are many health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Lower cholesterol and calories will increase overall health and have been shown to reduce insulin resistance in patients with type II diabetes. Overall vegetarianism as a diabetes treatment plan has little if any downside. As with any medical condition, you should consult a medical professional before taking drastic actions with diet or medication. Many times a physician will recommend a dietitian to work with you in determining your particular needs. If you choose to take this path to treat, your diabetes is sure to include plenty of dark green leafy vegetables as well as brightly colored ones. Things like kale, spinach and peppers are all high in vitamins and fiber. Two things many people could stand more of in their diet.

Easy Way To Vegetarianism

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Take it slow and easy. Thats a good motto for learning a new skill or going through a big life transition. When you decide to explore becoming a vegetarian, it is very easy to get scared off by what appears to be a difficult road ahead. But the truth is, there is an easy way and a hard way to become a vegetarian. So in keeping with our motto of the day of “make it easy on yourself”, lets discuss vegetarianism the easy way.

First of all along with learning a new way to eat, you are also giving up something you probably have loved to eat for years. So to reduce the difficulty in going through this transition, don’t try to accomplish the entire transition in one day. We have a mistaken concept about vegetarians that the conversion is instantaneous as though one day the person was eating all the meat he or she could find and in a flash they became a robe wearing, mantra singing vegetarian. But that is complete myth. Most successful vegetarians found there way into the discipline in stages and gave up meat slowly.

Select specific items you will eliminate from specific meals and just accomplish that for a week or so.Then once you have conquered that step, add lunch and then much later add dinner. And don’t throw your hands up and give up if you have a moment of weakness and have a hamburger one day. You won’t be drummed out of the vegetarian society for one mistake in your program. Just get back with it and keep on keeping on.

Find ways to see some success by being reasonable and sensible about how you approach your meal planning. If one of your goals for switching to a meatless diet is to lose weight, don’t substitute sugars and sweats for the meat. If you find yourself eating without meat but each day you have a big bowl of fruit drowned in sugary additives, you won’t lose the weight and you might mistakenly think your program failed you. Think about what you eat so you don’t sabotage your own diet.

By doing your shopping in your own grocery store and buying more food from the produce section than the meat section, you will be working with foods like carrots, onions, garlic, broccoli, celery and cabbage and that familiarity will make the transition to becoming a vegetarian easier to take. Also by shopping where you are comfortable and eating “normal” foods, you eliminate the sensation that you are joining some bizarre cult.

Now make it fun. Yes it can be fun to be a vegetarian. You can start shopping at farmer’s markets instead at the boring grocery store and select very fresh produce and vegetables for your next cooking experiment. Not only are outdoor markets more fun, you will find them cheaper so instead of seeing your food budget go up because of becoming a vegetarian, it goes down. Then by working as a family to find fun vegetarian recipes and working together to make them, everybody gets in on the act discovering how delicious vegetarian meals can be.