Diabetic goes vegan for 180 days. This happened.
I’ve been on a low fat plant based diet for 180 days. Being a diabetic, I’ve seen major changes in my insulin sensitivity after switching from a low carb diet to a healthy high carb vegan diet. I cover what exactly I eat in a day as a type 1 diabetic, how I prepare my meals in a blood sugar friendly way, how my blood glucose reacted, and how my insulin needs changed during and after this transition.
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Thank you for sharing your experience! I am also type-1 and follow a low fat vegan diet. I typically eat 400g carbs per day with an 18/1 insulin/carb ratio. A1C 5% with a 97% time in range. There are so many great benefits of eating this way and I’m glad you’ve discovered it and shared it for others! A applaud your willingness to try new things.
I’ve done this diet and got my A1C down to 5.3% as a type 1. Time in range 80-90% consistently. It works. I’ve fallen off the wagon unfortunately but intending fully to get back to it
I appreciate your analytical approach to your diet. Also, I appreciate your forthrightness. Your results on this vegan diet seem very impressive. My question is, how can you compare your vegan results against your low carb results when you admit that you were drinking a lot before but finally quit drinking alcohol 6 months ago? I would think that the load on your liver from the alcohol could affect your carb to insulin ratio. Would you be willing to take the same challenge of 180 days low carb without any alcohol?
Congratulations!! This is remarkable, I agree with you that a strict carb controlled diet is hard to sustain in the long term but please also take into consideration that the weight loss is also a factor for less insulin need and resistance
I have the book mastering diabetes but when I started reading it I was put off by the push to sell you their coaching and other programs. Even though I was interested in the diabetic vegan subject that was a turnoff. That is unfortunate because I think they have something important to say on the subject, and they seem to have good credentials. I am trying to do low carb with varying success but my heart is with eating food without killing animals. I found this video surprising and informative, and somewhat inspirational. Thank you.
This is a great video. I’m not diabetic but stumbled across this video and am so glad I did. I’ve cycled on and off Vegetarian Keto for weight loss and then done a vegan diet before going back to Vegetarian Keto for more weight loss. However, I always feel clearer and more vibrant on a vegan diet. I need to recommit to a vegan diet again and your video has inspired me.
This is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Did you find that your improved insulin resistance made it more difficult to correct a hypoglycaemic event?
In other words, did you need more carbs than usual to correct a hypo?
I looked at the Mastering Diabetics way a while back and although intriguing, it did not produce the desired results for me in the short term, but I did not persist, so who knows. My diet was similar to what you seem to be doing. I wonder if you have taken the protein conversion into account in the calculations you were doing for the ratio of insulin to carbs. 2 to 1 seems really low. I read a good book by Dr. Brenstein called the “Diabetes Solution”. It recommends a low carb diet, but also suggests allowing for 1 unit of insulin for every two onces of protein (60grams). It is because with a low carb diet, protein breaks down into the carb chain for energy and the amino acid for the protein part. If you allowed for this you might find that you ratio was actually quite a bit better on your original diet.
If you are looking for some professionals to get help from. The authors of Mastering Diabetes are both great researchers. They are both type 1 diabetic as well.
I’m not type I or II and eat like this… type II runs in my family but it stops with me. I do eat some nuts (2oz per day), a tablespoon of oil on my salad (linseed or avocado usually)per day on average, and very little processed vegan food (like some vegan ice cream in the summer). It keeps my post bg lower than 120 in hours 1,2&3 after eating. It very rarely gets above 120. Fasting bg is between 70-90. I love it and eat plenty of fresh, whole vegan foods
I really recommend this type of eating for everyone, diabetic or not
i am neither type1 or 2 and eat like this too. I just include some chicken, fish, egg whites, yogurt, and protein powder in my diet also. But other than that the diet is the same. Am 34 and have a sixpack and hgihly active for decades straight doing this.
Great video, thanks for sharing. Curious what diet was like when you were low-carb. Protein breads, like what is seen in the video tend to still be pretty high in carb. Also, were you doing any electrolytes when you were eating lower in carb? Low carb diets don’t hold on to water like high carb diets do… so its very important to make sure you are getting salt in on a low carb diet… otherwise fatigue, brainfog, poor sleep, muscle aches can come.
This is fantastic. Really appreciate you putting this up. I’ve wanted to try this type of diet for a while but refuse to pay to follow a program. So I’ve been reluctant to try without any genuine insight from someone, so thank you for this. Definitely helping the planet by adopting a more vegan diet, not necessarily full vegan. How many calories are you getting per day. ? I wouldn’t want to lose weight
Your testimonial is very credible because of where are you have been and where you are and how things have improved for you since going higher carb and minimizing processed foods (I do HCLF with fish twice a week and egg whites once a week). I appreciate you sharing this information, and wish you continued good health. Just subscribed to your channel.
I am gaining weight like never before and I’ve considered just keeping my sugars high to lose my weight but I’m going to try this instead. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️
@Eli Triona most people hit a plateau and start disintegrating at around 3-7 years
@Keylanos Lokj please provide a valid source for your information.
Thank you so much for sharing this. I am also a type 1 diabetic and tried eating keto and wound up in the emergency room at deaths door. I knew better, not sure why I bought into that hype. I have spent my whole life eating low carb, but as you said that can be hard to maintain. I am going to try your approach and hopefully get as good of results as you did. This is scary for me, I don’t think I have ever eaten more than 75 carbs in a day LOL, so eating 300 or more, doesn’t really register in my mind. But, I am going to try the whole foods plant based vegan approach, you have encouraged me!!!!!! I have hardly ever eaten any fruits but various berries, being able to eat a fruit bowl like that has me really excited. LOL
Wow, that is truly amazing. I am a type 1 diabetic, have been since i was 6 years old. I tried keto and was eating almost 0 carbs and literally almost died from it, which was so dumb of me, I knew better, but bought into that hype. I always eat low carb, I rarely go over 75 carbs a day, but after watching this video and reading your post I feel so encouraged to try a whole foods vegan approach!!! Thank you for sharing!
@Harry Turnbull actually the current school of thought by medical professionals is that fatty liver causes type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is of course different and an auto immune disease with a similar outcome. I am a type 1 diabetic, and tried keto and literally almost died from it, and ended up in the emergency room. I was eating almost zero carbs and was eating all that fat and protein and ended up going into ketoacidosis and almost dying. And when I got out and went off it, my body was much less efficient at metabolizing carbs and I had to use a lot more insulin than before, which was a direct result of eating all that fat in a keto diet. Fat causes insulin resistance.
@JustAnother Person I thought the current thinking, as evidenced by Prof Roy Taylor ,is that it is the pancreas,
Hey, how did keto put you in the emergency room?
I’m also t1d. I’ve spoken to some people on youtube videos, and some said they’ve been able to completely get off insulin (and they confirmed they were type 1, some for many years. They knew the language). Most just lower the insulin they take, but it seems there’s some hope out there. And lots of danger too.
@Marley They really aren’t “great researchers”. They are vegan activists looking to make a ton of money in the process. A good bit of the legitimate research finds that many diabetics do better on low carb diets than low fat diets. I was diagnosed in 1998 and started reading books about diabetes shortly after. I haven’t spent a night in the hospital yet. I’m not a vegan. My last A1C was 6. Good luck though of course either way.
Could you please show me a picture of some days of your sensor readings? It would be great to see three days, in the first two weeks, after 3 months and after 6 months. I just can’t wrap my head around that bowl of fruit and less insulin not equaling a shark fin.
@Jack Schitt are you type 1 or type 2? my sister is type 1 and been going thru the same symptoms this guy describes while on keto. She has felt like crap and then will cheat and eat some carbs then the sugars skyrocket and will feel bad.. try keto again .. then cheat.. repeat. I am going to recommend those books to her and see if she will switch. Guessing her insulin resistance is truly out of whack now. Also mean’t to note. she was fine for about 6months on keto. No issues.. then the symptoms kicked in..
Thank you for describing your hypoglycemic episodes during transition and what you did to improve them along with the data of eating one way compared to the other.
@Ghost inc That’s a long story actually. My diagnosis was type 2 in 1998. A few years ago I had to start with a new Endocrinologist and he changed my diagnosis to type 1. This was based mostly on a low c-peptide test result number. The test tells you how much insulin your body is still able to make on its own. I really might be more of a type ONE.5 though but supposedly that’s more of an unofficial thing still currently. Type 2 diabetics can experience a decreasing ability to make insulin as the years go by and that is called beta cell burnout. Not all type 2 diabetics are obese and still making the normal amount of insulin but have insulin resistance. Many type 2’s eventually need insulin too even if they have long since gotten interested in “healthy” diet and weight management etc. She should read Diabetes Solution by Dr Bernstein who is both a medical doctor and a type ONE diabetic since 11 who is now 88! He’s even still active here on YouTube. I don’t know if there’s a test a doctor could run to see if she is failing to consume enough of a specific necessary nutrient that could be responsible for her not feeling well.
What does one eat on “vegetarian keto” when keto to most means you eat little to no carbs and live on mostly protein and fat from meat and cheese and eggs and fish etc?
As a recently diagnosed prediabetic, I have been combing through information on the internet and feeling extremely confused. This video is BY FAR the most rational, balanced, scientific and helpful video I have seen, free of all dogma and one-sidedness. THANK YOU!!
Just following up because I see you are still creating on this topic of the Mastering Diabetes diet and it’s effects on you and your insulin sensitivity. Please share your data.