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Vegetarian diet

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by suelivers, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. suelivers

    suelivers · Newbie

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    How have any of you coped with this kind of diet. Looking for some pointers and or help. Low carbs I fine not filling enough. And how much to eat. I know I can get there.
  2. Delphinum

    Delphinum Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello :)

    I'm vegetarian and have been since I was diagnosed at 12 - throwing up meat for weeks put me off eating it - but don't low carb. I'm type 1 and on a pump, however, so it's a bit easier for me to bolus for my carbs than if you're type 2.
    I try to eat low GI carbs like wholemeal bread instead of white and put some protein in every meal.
    I eat Weetabix in the morning as I find it doesn't affect my sugar levels as much as say Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and even though it's high GI, it works for me. I also have 200ml orange juice.
    I tend to snack on fruit, I'll eat a banana, apple and clementine/peaches/handful of grapes a day and a naughty packet of crisps at work.
    I'll have a cheese/fam (fake ham) sandwich and yoghurt or a yummy M&S pasta salad (I love those with the pine nuts and pesto!) for lunch then for dinner, it's usually some kind of Quorn thing with salad/chips/veg or a pasta like 4 cheese tortellini in arabiatta sauce... though sometimes I just can't be bothered eating so it's boiled egg and toast. :p
    I probably don't eat as healthily or as much as I should as my job is pretty sedentary so if I eat any more, I put on weight(I'm 5ft9" size 12 BMI 21.6). I walk the dog for 30-45 mins a day so that's the only exercise I get during the week, more at weekends.
    For a long time, I ended up replacing meat with carbs rather than with protein like you should which is a hard habit to get out of. I'd eat packets of crisps to fill myself up because I was always hungry. The lower GI carbs seem to help with this now though and eating the fruit instead of snacking on crisps is better for me.
    The Vegetarian Society have a lot of information on their website if you want to look... www.vegsoc.org there's a section on nutrition there if that's any help to you. :)

    Anyways, I've persevered for the last 18 years as a vegetarian and diabetic - people seem to think I'm hard to feed but actually I'll eat what everyone else is eating, just minus the meat. I'd say speak with your dietitian about different options for keeping yourself full. They might give you some good advice on what suits you. :)
  3. WhitbyJet

    WhitbyJet · Well-Known Member

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    I have gone vegetarian on/off several times, stock up on veggies, rhubarb, berries, cream, cheese, eggs, tofu, soy, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, shirataki noodles and quorn, create some truly delicious meals. Check out low carb recipes thread and chocolate paradise in this forum, there are plenty of recipes for you to try, including low carb cereals.
    Depends on how low carb you want or need to go, you can add a small amount of pulses to your meals, best way to test your bg, you will soon know what you can safely eat to keep you healthy.

    Here are also a few links for you to look through, but google for more



    http://aveggieventuresrecipebox.blogspo ... cipes.html

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vegetarian-Low- ... 0749926988
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