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From: Leslie ( -
Subject: diabetes
Date: January 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm PST

My mom has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and she's really struggling with how and what to eat, etc. etc. She has been nearly vegetarian for some years, but her diet has been full of what I consider to be overly processed foods - meat subs, desserts, etc, she has a wicked sweet tooth. She drinks pop every day, I've seen her do it but she'd deny it if I pointed it out to her (I have). She also likes white bread, again, I've pointed that out to her and she denies it too. You'd have to know her personality to understand, she's an extremely single-thinking individual that believes only what she wants to believe (she'd deny that too).

Anyway, she's been telling me how she physically craves sugar at certain times of the day, HAS TO HAVE some kind of sugar, believe it or not something as utterly sweet as powdered sugar (yuk) to get through the day. She also has a deeply ingrained idea that protein from animals is superior -- I have been unable to convince her otherwise so she'll run out and get cheese and eggs because she says she's "falling apart." Anyway, I figured I should get her a book she can read about the best diet

Been doing some research on the internet and some say high protein is best some say high fiber is best but I understand simple carbs are bad. I assume there is an excellent vegetarian/vegan plan for this, any recommendations for books or resources?

And what is best, high protein or high fiber which would also be high carb but good carbs? Is the confusion on high carb diets related to the good carb/bad carb thing?

Any comments, suggestions welcome.

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