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I have recently been diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, and am looking for a Vegetarian Soy Free, Low Carb, High Protein meat substitute. I am not vegetarian by option, but since moving to the USA all meat causes incredible hormonal problems for me.
I am very new to the Low Carb/High Protein diet and am looking for any suggestions.
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what do you consider "low carb" and "high protein"?

sadly, all of the foods that are healthy for you are going to have a combo of both, like green leafy vegetables.
 

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why soy free? Do you have an allergy, or is it personal choice? If it's personal choice, do you mind sharing why?

who is asking you to follow this type of diet, as most vegetarian/vegan nutritionists/RDs wouldn't suggest it.....care to share a little more? The Atkins style of high protein/low carb has been debunked for safety issues, even though you wouldn't be eating meat.

I'm curious as to your statement about the hormone imbalances eating meat here in the US too!
 

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why soy free? Do you have an allergy, or is it personal choice? If it's personal choice, do you mind sharing why?

who is asking you to follow this type of diet, as most vegetarian/vegan nutritionists/RDs wouldn't suggest it.....care to share a little more? The Atkins style of high protein/low carb has been debunked for safety issues, even though you wouldn't be eating meat.

I'm curious as to your statement about the hormone imbalances eating meat here in the US too!
It is definitely not a lifestyle choice to avoid soy and meat. Being lactose intolerant I switched to soy milk when I first arrived in the US almost 6 years ago (I must say that before relocating to The US I had lived in the UK, France and the Caribbean, where I enjoyed all foods. I was an avid meat eater, and cheese ESP Brie and goats cheese were favourites). For about six months after arriving here my breasts became huge an incredibly tender, and my water retention was horrific. I had numerous tests - and after illuminating everything that might be the cause of the swelling and discomfort, and trying what I thought might be the cause I discovered that coffee, soy and all meats caused the problem. It's peculiar because during visits to my parents in France I am still able to enjoy meat with no I'll effects although coffee and cheese are still off the menu.
My Dr has diagnosed me with Diabetes I. It also runs in my Family. I am familiar with the Atkins Diet - I tried a similar diet years ago in the UK for health reasons and found that I craved like crazy. It wasn't a pleasant experience.
It seems the older I get the more foods upset me. I love food, and am hoping to hear from anyone in a similar situation who could hopefully share their story and perhaps suggest alternatives to meat that are 'safe' for a type 1 diabetic.
 

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I appologize for asking, but are you female? Nothing about the hormones in our meat here would surprise me at all! If you weren't really adverse to soy, I'd recommend tempeh or tofu vs the fake burger stuff,
but how about making your own seitan, made out of vital wheat gluten? It is soy free, has a high protein count, and then there are beans, and lentils which are also high in protein. If you follow a varied veg diet, it will help your diabetes, but if your body isn't manufacturing insulin, at least you will still be doing it a great justice~ stay away from the processed foods, and simple refined sugar products. Try to eat whole grain foods instead of white floured foods.

If you eat all of the colors of the rainbow, you'll be getting plenty of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
 

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I appologize for asking, but are you female? Nothing about the hormones in our meat here would surprise me at all! If you weren't really adverse to soy, I'd recommend tempeh or tofu vs the fake burger stuff,
but how about making your own seitan, made out of vital wheat gluten? It is soy free, has a high protein count, and then there are beans, and lentils which are also high in protein. If you follow a varied veg diet, it will help your diabetes, but if your body isn't manufacturing insulin, at least you will still be doing it a great justice~ stay away from the processed foods, and simple refined sugar products. Try to eat whole grain foods instead of white floured foods.

If you eat all of the colors of the rainbow, you'll be getting plenty of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Yes I am female. Thanks so much for your suggestions


There is a huge waiting list to see a nutritionist, and I really wanted to get some info together as to what I could eat. Every time I seem to have an intolerance I ask myself what it is actually safe to eat without causing more harm to my system. My diet has become very boring and limited, but I am trying to keep upbeat and positive. Thanks again
 

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are you taking insulin? How many times a day?

I love Google for searches, and I thought you might want to look through some of the info.......http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...-8&rlz=1I7ACGW

I'd also recommend getting your hands on the book The China Study, as Dr Campbell addresses type 1 diabetes in his book.
 

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Earthling has Type 1 diabetes, I highly recommend asking her
I'm not sure if she'll see this thread on her own. While I know a bit about diabetes, I think it's best to ask someone who's going through it now.
 

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You can make soy-free seitan, or peanut or sesame seed tofu. I think that Quorn is soy-free - it's got eggs though, so, not vegan.
 

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^^^^ yeah, that too!
 

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I Would do some research about plant based diets and diabetes. my dad has diabetes and recently went vegetarian and got me into it. I have read that eating vegetarian can reverse diabetes. I have also read you can have a ton of carbs if the right ones. I read about the 80/10/10 diet, which is not for me, but they even say it is good for diabetics. It seems every doctor has a different opinion, but I don't think you can go wrong with lots of veggies.
 

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is not low-carb.
but it's the healthiest protein out there~ and it has lots of fiber, so the carb issue really isn't much of one! say SUPERFOOD!
 
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