People who have type 2 diabetes can benefit from trying a vegan diet. For some, it may help lower blood sugar levels and drop excess weight, bringing better health overall. A twenty-two week study comparing those who followed a conventional diet and those who followed a vegan one found that the vegans lost twice as much weight and lowered their blood sugar levels nearly three times more.
When followed up a year later, the vegans still were healthier than those on the conventional diet. A vegan diet means no beef, fish, or chicken. But it goes beyond just that.
Vegan avoid all animal products. That means milk, eggs, and honey to name a few. They also stay away from other animal-based products, such as leather, wool, and some soaps. A vegan diet consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and legumes. When eaten in balance, this is the picture of a healthy diet for everyone.
A basic day for a vegan might consist of oatmeal and berries for breakfast, carrot sticks and peanut butter on a bagel for lunch, followed up with tofu and broccoli stir-fried with rice for dinner. Of course there are many other options for a vegan diet.
Hummus, tabouli, lentil stew, bean burritos, vegetable curries, and cheese-less pizza are some of the many options a vegan can choose from each day. Making the change to a vegan diet is difficult at first. The first thing a person should do is research the food options available to them and try out a few new recipes at a time. Going into it slowly is the easiest way for many to move to a vegan lifestyle.
Diabetics should discuss this change with their doctors before making the change. Because of their special health needs, they may be sent to a registered dietitian to find ways to make the most of their eating habits. Vegans enjoy great health because they fill their plates with healthy foods every day. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are the cornerstones of a healthy diet. Snacks of fresh fruits and vegetables keep blood sugar levels regular and prevent cravings for sweet, unhealthy foods. Whole grain breads regulate the digestive track and keep the body moving at top speed. For each typical food, there is a delicious vegan alternative. Try a black been burger instead of beef, or coconut milk ice cream.
And many food companies sell vegan alternatives that are similar in taste and texture to the real thing. Vegan can enjoy sausage patties for breakfast made from plants, instead of pork. When beginning the change to a vegan diet it is easier to avoid non-vegan foods than to try to resist it. Clear out unhealthy foods from your pantry, avoid eating places where you know you will be tempted, and ask friends and family to be supportive of your change. Few people can make any kind of big change on willpower alone. In time you will find you no longer have a taste for the processed, unhealthy foods you once enjoyed.
Many people find that they cannot stand to eat the typical foods after a vegan diet. The excess amounts of salts, sugars, and animals fats no longer taste good when their body is rid of them. Eating a well balanced, healthy diet really has no negatives. The benefits of switching to a vegan diet are great for everyone, but especially diabetics who need to lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels.
Imagine jumping out of bed each morning, full of energy and ready to go. That kind of energy and vitality can be possible with a vegan diet.
A special note to diabetics: if you are taking oral medication or injecting insulin, check with your physician regularly while making the change. A vegan diet can lower your glucose levels, changing the amount of medication that your body needs.