When thinking about how to manage Type 2 Diabetes, diet is the first thing that comes to mind. I heard a lot of good things about a vegetarian diet, and actually have friends who swear by it. So I decided to do some research to learn more about it.
There are pros and cons. The pros are that the vegan diet has a higher content of fiber, unsaturated fat and a plethora of vitamins & minerals. This results in a lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and reduced risk of chronic illnesses, including high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, to name a few. It is also said to improve symptoms of psoriasis that I’m sure I can challenge as I’ve tried vegetarian diet in the past, and my psoriasis wasn’t going anywhere.
The cons are having to give up eating meat or fish. There are actually a few different kinds of a vegetarian diet; all exclude meat but some include dairy, eggs or fish.
Each time I try, I end up with craving meat or fish, and then I’m done with the vegan diet. My BMI (body mass index) is normal which means that I am not overweight, and my cholesterol levels are normal as well. There is no way I can live without meat for any decent length of time, so I guess I am not doing it after all.
And the good news is that a vegetarian diet doesn’t guarantee good health for anyone, including those of us with diabetes. So I am back to my usual diet and am feeling just fine. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal, and I don’t see a reason to fix something that isn’t broken. It seems too much of a hassle to give up on meat and fish when I fail to see any immediate benefits. I am not going to succumb to a constant craving for a pork chop or an ocean perch, or cereal with milk for breakfast when I don’t feel like cooking, or an occasional omelet. No way.
I am back to my old ways of pork chops and chicken with an occasional fish and am feeling fine. I think that vegetarian diet just isn’t for everyone.
This post was written in response to The Daily Prompt: Craving