Welcome to VegDiabetic. My name is Mihir, and I live in the lovely state of California. I am a Vegetarian, so foods such as meat, fish, and egg are off-bounds for me.
I have a family history of Diabetes, and was pre-diabetic for a long time. I am a foodie, love eating Pizzas, Potatoes, and Carbs. Despite being at risk, I ignored this disease for a long time.
For many years, I have had rather sedentary lifestyle. I work a job where I sit at my desk for the better part of my day. I gained over 50 lbs over the last decade. I went from being under-weight to obese — all while eating more and not exercising.
In 2016, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with Impaired Insulin Resistance, more commonly referred to as “Type 2 Diabetes”. I maintained an A1C below 7.0 for about a year. In July 2017, I was shocked to find my fasting glucose measure at 155 mg/dl and A1C at 8.7! My physician advised me to go on a low carb diet, and avoid bread, potatoes, rice, and noodles.
After searching online for days, I was surprised to find a lack of Vegetarian recipes that were low in carbs. Most Vegetarian recipes use eggs, which I not allowed to consume. Many forum posts noted that a diet low in carb is difficult for strict vegetarians as lean meats and eggs form the basis of most online recipes.
I bought a Fitbit Charge2 band, and started walking 10,000 steps a day. My water consumption increased from 2-3 glasses per day to over 12 glasses. I purchased a new pair of running shoes, and started running on the treadmill. Since I was inactive for so long, I used the C25K app (Android / iOS), which literally stands for “Couch to 5k”, to ramp up my running and build to stamina to run 5k miles at a stretch. I started losing some pounds, albeit slowly and steadily.
After weeks of eating, experiment, and testing my glucose after eating, I created a journal of my food intake and post-meal glucose levels. I found few novel recipes that helped control my blood glucose levels. I also found several recipes online that were advertised as “low carb”, but in fact ended up shooting my blood glucose levels too high! I felt that my experiments and learnings may help others like me who want to go on a low carb vegetarian diet.
So there, the birth of my first blog – VegDiabetic!