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or a few years, Ive been trying to follow a lower carb diet. All the women in my family have diabetes, and Ive been struggling with insulin resistance, so I try to keep my insulin in check.<br><br>
About 5 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with acute Mononucleosis. Not really something major, right? Well, that was until my white blood cells disappeared and I started to get some more complications. After 2 weeks, I started experiencing pain. Turned out my spleen and liver were NOT happy, and were both inflamed. At 3 weeks my LFTs were off the chart and each test they were worse. So my doctor informed me to avoid ALL dark meat, ALL animal fat, that if I wanted anything I could have white meat chicken and white fish. No added fat.<br><br>
rustrated and defeated (and not really having the energy to cook chicken and fish) -I went vegan. Yep, I skipped right over vegetarian. I expected to gain weight, after all carbs = weight gain, right? I expected to experience increased insulin resistance symptoms. I expected to be weak and miserable.<br><br>
Instead, Ive lost 10 lbs, and havent even felt the need for my Metformin. Im still a little bloated though. Damn beans. Clearly, its only been 2 weeks, but I was pretty amazed. Well see what happens moving forward.
 

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or a few years, I’ve been trying to follow a lower carb diet. All the women in my family have diabetes, and I’ve been struggling with insulin resistance, so I try to keep my insulin in check.<br><br>
About 5 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with acute Mononucleosis. Not really something major, right? Well, that was until my white blood cells disappeared and I started to get some more complications. After 2 weeks, I started experiencing pain. Turned out my spleen and liver were NOT happy, and were both inflamed. At 3 weeks my LFTs were off the chart and each test they were worse. So my doctor informed me to avoid ALL dark meat, ALL animal fat, that if I wanted anything I could have white meat chicken and white fish. No added fat.<br><br>
rustrated and defeated (and not really having the energy to cook chicken and fish) -I went vegan. Yep, I skipped right over vegetarian. I expected to gain weight, after all carbs = weight gain, right? I expected to experience increased insulin resistance symptoms. I expected to be weak and miserable.<br><br>
Instead, I’ve lost 10 lbs, and haven’t even felt the need for my Metformin. I’m still a little bloated though. Damn beans. Clearly, it’s only been 2 weeks, but I was pretty amazed. We’ll see what happens moving forward.</div>
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Congratulations <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I think so long as you have an active lifestyle, the carbs wont have time to turn into fat. I eat more carbs now than I have my entire life, and I've never been in better shape <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Maybe some of your family members will notice the positive effect and jump ship. It'd be alot easier in a vegan family.<br><br>
Keep us posted on the health updates <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome to VB! Love reading improvement stories like this, hope all goes well over the long-term. I think the bloating will improve eventually once your body gets used to the extra fiber. Have you tried other sources of protein? Such as quinoa, peas (split pea soup?), chickpeas (chickpea salad maybe), lentils, seitan, tempeh, tofu (tofu scramble), etc. I'm wondering if replacing some of the beans with these foods would help reduce the bloating. Please correct me if I'm wrong or if these aren't diabetic-friendly foods, anybody.
 

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Welcome, izzytheterrible (heehee, cute name). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I've heard nothing but good things about the connection between diabetes and veganism, how people have improved their blood sugar, have reduced their blood pressure, and just in general feel better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> How's your battle with mono going?
 

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Thanks all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I am varying my protein as much as I can but aside from almond milk and cereal, I am trying to consuming foods in as natural a state as possible so aside from edamame (and emergency boca burgers) I am trying to avoid soy, flours etc... or at least consuming them minimally.<br><br>
The acute phase of the mono passed within 3 days of going vegan and I was BEGGING to go back to work. Until you asked I really hadn't thought about it but it could be a coincidence based on he recovery period of mono anyhow.<br><br>
Still sleeping tons but that's to be expected and thankfully I don't feel weighed down ontop of tired.<br><br>
Thanks everyone for the welcome. Looking forward to future improvement as well as having the guilt weighing on me (for obvious animal issues). I am confident that if I can stay away from overly processed foods I will be an entirely new person within a few months or year!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>izzytheterrible</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2862987"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I am varying my protein as much as I can but aside from almond milk and cereal, I am trying to consuming foods in as natural a state as possible so aside from edamame (and emergency boca burgers) I am trying to avoid soy, flours etc... or at least consuming them minimally.</div>
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I don't buy all the hype about soy being bad for you - it's meat industry propaganda, as far as I'm concerned - but eating mainly whole foods, less processed, etc. sounds like a good plan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>izzytheterrible</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2862987"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The acute phase of the mono passed within 3 days of going vegan and I was BEGGING to go back to work. Until you asked I really hadn't thought about it but it could be a coincidence based on he recovery period of mono anyhow.</div>
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Awesome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Its hard to know who to trust about what these days. I haven't seen any research studies on it, but I breakou if I have too much which is a good enough indication for me to stay away from having soy everything.<br><br>
Figure whole foods are about the best option all around.
 
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