Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Diabetic vegan in need of low carb diet/cookbook.

Monique, Does this kind of book exist? I've been going through my 200+ cookbook collection and can only find a few recipes here and a few there in between the vegetarian ones that are vegan and low carb. Have been recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes2 and cautioned to go on a low carb diet. I went to a nutritionist who did draw up a meal plan, but she argued that I can't remain vegan, that I had to become vegetarian that I wouldn't be getting enough protein (and I of course became very hypoglycemic following her recommendations which were heavy on the peanut butter and not high enough on the fiber). This isn't working too well. Thanks for your help, Holly 
Answer: Some excellent low carb, high protein vegan foods include tempeh, textured soy protein (TSP, also known as textured vegetable protein or TVP), seitan (wheat gluten), seeds, nuts, edamame and other beans and legumes.

Tempeh, TSP (TVP) and whole beans are especially great because they are also high in fiber. You may want to try lettuce wraps. Saute some tempeh strips and vegetables like onions, peppers, zucchini and mushrooms, and wrap them up in lettuce leaves. Seitan also works very well with lettuce wraps.

You can make a terrific chili with TSP (TVP), pinto beans, tomatoes, onions and peppers. Edamame can be eaten on its own as an appetizer, or a between meal snack. Salads are wonderful when topped with garbanzo beans, raisins, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

These are just a few examples of ways eat more vegetable proteins while lowering carb intake. I am not aware of a specific cookbook that focuses on a vegan diet for diabetics. However, you may want to go to for recipes, cookbooks and practical information about managing diabetes. You may need to be creative in your cooking and learn how to substitute lower carbohydrate foods for higher ones, and increase your consumption of vegetable proteins while still maintaining a balanced diet.

You may also want to read my book
Virtues of Soy: A Practical Health Guide and Cookbook

Other Recommended Books...

The Vegetarian Low-Carb Diet: The Fast, No-Hunger Weightloss Diet for Vegetarians
by Rose Elliot

Low Carb Vegetarian
by Margo Demello

The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle Cookbook: Stop Diabetes with an Easy-to-Follow Plant-Based, Carb-Counting Diet
by Bonnie House, Diana Fleming, Linda Brinegar, and Linda Kennedy

The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook: 80 Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes Made Easy with the Glycemic Index
by Dr. Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller M.D., Kaye Foster-Powell M. Nutr & Diet, Kate Marsh, and Philippa Sandall

Plant Based Nutrition and Health
by Stephen Walsh

The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet
by Vesanto Melina & Brenda Davis

Also read...

"The Vegan Diet How-To Guide for Diabetes" at
and "Diet and Diabetes" at

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Vegan diets, go to

Diabetes, go to

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