A Guide to Being a Diabetic Vegetarian
Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 9, Marcus Grip struggled to find a natural and healthy way to manage his diabetes. After many years of research and experimentation, Marcus has found a diet that works for him and he is sharing it with the world. Read on for his vegetarian diabetic diet tips and tricks.
Are you a diabetic vegetarian or have thoughts of trying it out? With this vegetarian guide, I will show you how easy and great it is to live as a vegetarian diabetic, it is really easy if you want it!
Greens are Not Enough: You Need Smart Greens!
Just because you are a diabetic vegetarian or want to become vegetarian, does not mean you automatically become healthy. Sure, you skip the meat, which is heavy, acidic and hard for the body to handle. But you need to understand what you are putting into your body as a vegetarian too.
Vegetables have the potential to be really bad for you when consumed in the wrong form. For example, canned vegetables are garbage! They are not natural and have a lot of extra stuff in them to keep them fresh for an unnaturally long time. Vegetables instead should be local and fresh.
When I was in Costa Rica, all the local farmers had a huge fruit and vegetable market every Saturday near the house I was living in. Everything was fresh, delicious and cheap! So you can find it, if you want it! It is worth the extra money because it is an investment in your health and a way to create harmony with your diabetes. For me, this transformation is worth all the money in the world. It makes me a happier, stronger and freer person. I hope you feel the same after this vegetarian guide!
Vegetarians Need Protein
Ok, so there’s more for a diabetic vegetarian than just vegetables, even if they are the best possible thing you can eat: they have a lot of natural protein. If 10% of your daily food consumption is made up of vegetables, you will get a sufficient amount of protein.
But if that isn’t enough, there is also Spirulina. Spirulina is a protein booster like no other containing vitamin A , B1, B2, B6, E and K. So the statement that it is hard for vegetarians to get protein is untrue in my opinion.
Raw food is one of the best things you can put into your body. Organic and fresh: all the things our body was made to have.
I was introduced to raw food the summer of 2009 and got some great ideas for incorporating it into my vegetarian diabetic diet. Did you know that most of the nutritional value away during the process of cooking food? So how good is actually your food once you boil it or fry it? Try to be as Raw as possible, but not more than you are comfortable with.
Eating raw also keeps eating faster and more simple! You don’t have to boil up water or heat the frying pan or whatever you use to cook.
You are The Master!
But as I’ve said before, it is hard enough to be a diabetic and especially a diabetic vegetarian, so take in what you can and apply it to your life. Also, don’t be afraid to make your own version! That is what this is all about. Get inspired and then do it the way it fits you the best and that will make you a happier and more relaxed person.
Five things to keep in mind:
- Small portions
Now it is time for you to take this inspiration and find your own way. Maybe you will even come up with new recipes. And then you can share it with all of us here and spread more inspiration!
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This article was originally posted on Marcus Grip’s website, the Diabetic Diet Guide.
Photo of peppers by John Nyboer