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I am writing to share my experience with a low carbohydrate diet tailored to meet our needs as vegetarians. We have two people with type 1 diabetes in our family, and we have been vegetarians for over fifteen years.
Animal rights is an issue close to my heart. I don't eat meat or fish. My husband eats fish occasionally, and we do consume free-range eggs, rennet-free cheese, cow's milk, and soya milk. To reduce carbohydrate intake, we avoid starchy foods like potatoes and pasta. We eat lots of green vegetables and foods rich in good fats, such as avocadoes, peanuts, and olive oil. Tofu and beans are important ingredients in our cooking because they are good sources of protein and very satisfying.
We have found that this low-carb vegetarian combination of foods is very helpful in our diabetes control and management. Over the years it has improved our health and helped us lose excess weight.
Liz Glover Melbourne,
Dec 26, 2007