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Okay, I've known one of my long-range goals is to get off my diabetes, cholesterol, and acid-reflux medications and avoid going on blood pressure meds, but I was never really completely sure that it could happen. I mean, I thought it was possible, but I have only known one person to do it. I knew someone who cured his diabetes (from a blood sugar level of over 900 too! I'm only pre-diabetic), but he works out three hours a day! I'm never going to be able to do that.

But like I've mentioned in other places here, my mom showed me a book, "Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs." He talks about doing it by adopting a low-fat, low-glycemic index, vegan diet. I've been following his recommendations for a week and a half now and it hasn't really been that hard for me.

Okay, I was already vegetarian and making a lot of vegan choices, but I was still eating lots of cheese and yogurt (he calls cheese one of the four food addictions: sugar, chocolate, meat, and cheese). I do know it has kickstarted my weightloss again from the plateau I was on.

And I haven't been perfect at it either. There have been a few things that had eggs at the end of the ingredient lists that I didn't notice until too late.

I think the thing that makes me feel the best is that the author talks about cases he has treated where they were able to completely go off the drugs (not just diabetes either, but cholesterol and blood pressure). It's easier to keep on track now that I have heard of others doing what I want.

It also helps that my mom is doing the same thing. So I've got someone I can go grocery shopping with and talk about what's working for us, product-wise.

I'm getting my blood tested in two weeks, so I'm also really motivated to keep to plan!

@ 12:45pm ET on May 17, 2007
My husband completely knocked his pre-diabetes off the charts with exercise and avoiding high processed foods! It works, it also works whiled still eating lean meat, lite cheese and dairy, but that's a personal preference, I think. He will probably be tossing out his BP medications by the end of the year. Funny thing, cardiovascular desease and diabetes go hand-in-hand!

@ 2:25pm ET on May 17, 2007
Excellent long range goals... Diabetes runs in my family and I have been 'pre-diabetic' for some time... luckily never actually triggering over the 100 mark for more than a week or so at a time.
My grandfather was diabetic and lived with us for most of my youth and in high school and college I was responsible for fixing the family dinners... planning a meal around his diabetes was just part of life and became very easy after a while... selecting low glycemic products becomes easier the longer you do it, but he never would have gone for a meat/starch free diet, but small portions of lean meat and dairy are just part of a balanced diet to me... but as long as your vegan diet is replacing the protiens properly it's really just a matter of taste.

@ 11:00am ET on May 27, 2007
I'm lucky that I live alone in that my food choices don't affect anyone else (and I don't have to fight with anyone if I want to do something different!). I see my mom periodically, so we exchange recipes and ideas and eat together then, but most of the time it's just me.

Although one thing about social eating is becoming challenging. There are several vegetarians in my company, so there are always vegetarian choices in the company-catered meals (2-3 times a month), but vegan is another matter entirely. So far I've managed the first hurdle by having a cup of tea (I was sick anyway so it was good for me) while everyone else was having bagels and cream cheese. But my company has outings where the only food you have access to is what is served you. There is one coming up in mid-June that I'm kind of dreading. I may have to bring my own food for the whole day.

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