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Vegetarian, Vegan Diets Diabetics - How I Manage My Diabetes

Eating for Diabetics

Many have this notion that if you are a diabetic, you are destined to eat only a certain group of foods – no rice, no pasta, no sweets, etc. But we diabetics enjoy these foods and should not shun away from it. In many of my posts, I discussed the importance of eating in moderation.  Select and enjoy the foods you like but make sure that you do not over eat.  Simple enough, right?  Over the last month, I have been collecting recipes that I found simple and easy to make.  Under the section on Diabetic Diets, I included these yummy treats.  Please feel free to copy and test these recipes for yourself.

The internet is full of recipes for diabetics.  There are too many to choose from.  What I did it scoured the internet and focused on recipes that are simple, yet nutritious. My wife who loves to cook, reviewed these recipes and made the modifications to meet what I call, “Quick Serve Simple” recipes because they can be prepared quickly and easily.  I trust that you all will give it a try and give me feedback.

Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.

One of the items I would like to share with my readers are new things I ran into recently.  I did not really know the difference between these two.  I always think that Vegans eat no meats at all, while Vegetarians have a bit more latitude in what they eat.  Little did I know that there is a wide range of food in the menus of these two types of diets.

According to the Mayo Clinic, these diets are categorized as follows:

  • Lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs.  Dairy product such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter are included.
  • Ovo-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but allow eggs.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish and poultry, but allow dairy products and eggs.
  • Pescatarian diets exclude meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs, but allow fish.
  • Pollotarian diets exclude meat, dairy and fish, but allow poultry
  • Vegan diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products.

A flexitarian diet is primarily plant-based but includes meat, dairy, eggs, poultry, fish and meat occasionally or in limited quantities.

For sure these sound very confusing.  The bottom line is that if you are a follower of these types of diets, you may find it difficult to order from a regular restaurant.  You may end up having to make the food yourself at home.