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Old 05-19-2011, 16:45   #1
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I'm 3 months into Dr. Barnard's program to use vegan diet to reverse diabetes. Meanwhile, my wife Julia experimenting with cooking vegan meals. I cut down Lantus from 170 to 80 daily, and Novolog from 80 to 20. My A1C went down from 9% to 7.3%. I'm looking forward to learn more about the "beast", since 2004, I was mostly degrading with progressing neuropathy, so as blood sugars (up to 350mg/dL), now I keep them below 200.

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Well, Ed, glad that diet works for you!

I prefer a low-CARB vegetarian diet myself -- controls my blood sugar, and I always feel sated and happy.

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Thanks for your input, Foxl. Before vegan I was working on carbs with FitDay, logging all the food into it. But I felt hungry often and end up my day with 300g of carbs. With Barnard's vegan diet I can eat with no counting; in 3 months I lost 10 lb and I can see my insulin sensitivity upped. I would relly appreciate your input on cravings and carb monitoring and do you separate sugars from fiber? Thanks!

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I do not count fiber grams in my carbs. I eat somewhere around 30 - 60 g carb per day -- I do use insulin.

I use Truvia, erythritol and stevia sweeteners.

I do not really have cravings that cannot be covered effectively in my diet ... although I do miss peanut butter occasionally. The starch in spikes my blood sugar.

Other than that, I do not have carb cravings on this diet.

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Well Ed, congratulations on bringing your numbers down under 200. I hope in the NEXT three months you'll be able to get under 100.

Take care and good luck.




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To eliminate cravings I found I had to eliminate the carbs in my diet. I did a diet similar to Dr Barnards before I was dx'd. It was a vegetarian with almost no fat. Even with tons of exercise and a normal weight my bg climbed to 240 fasting. I now eat meat, preferably organic and freerange and have reduced bgs to under 100. Today 75. The only thing I count is carbs , usually between 30-50 a day. For breakfast I rarely have more than 3-4 carbs, Lunch and dinner I allow myself a little more 15-20. I eat to my meter, which means I choose food which keeps my after meal bgs no higher than 120, usually less. I found that was the only way I could finally get HbA1c close to normal. No one knows where damage starts. It could be 100, 120 or 140, we just don't know so we need to get as close to normal as possible.

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... although I do miss peanut butter occasionally. The starch in spikes my blood sugar.
Question: How do you determine starch in peanut butter? I thought peanut butter was mostly fat, with a little bit of protein.

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I'm 3 months into Dr. Barnard's program to use vegan diet to reverse diabetes.
I'm learning to eat vegan too, but not because of Dr. Barnard's book. In the past eight months, I've figured out that proteins cause intense muscle pain. The grain carbs I eat are usually low on the glycemic scale, and they have fiber. i.e. steel cut oats, barley, quinoa, buckwheat, and millet.

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Read the nutrition label -- carb grams, and those not sugar or fiber are likely to be starch. Or maybe phlogiston?

Peanuts are a legume. The seed of this plant stores much of its energy as starch.

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I usually buy the natural peanut butter which only has peanuts and salt in it. I think it is 5 carb and 2 fiber per 2 T so not much. Beware many of the commercial peanutbutters may have added sugar, avoid them. Most of my diet is proteins and fat. Unfortunately I have had to give up things like steel cut oats, whole grain bread, quinoa, barley,etc.

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