I was wondering what kind of foods you all eat and if a certain type of diet is beneficial or not for a diabetic?
I've had T1 for about 19 years now. Since I was 3, my mom included fruits and vegetables before I knew they were a health food. So I naturally have a tendency to eat fruits and vegetables without thinking about it . However, as I'm growing up, I notice a lot of people my age are becoming health conscious and adapting to diets, like vegan or paleo-which I have no personal problem with except the tendency for them to and show a little bit of this healthier-than-thou attitude. It does have me genuinely wondering if any of these diets are better-taking diabetes into mind. I know that is a relative question, but but I am always experimenting with meal plans, etc. In my diet now, I mostly eat fruits, vegetables, cheese, nuts, grains (bulgar, quinoa, etc.), eggs, beans, flax, fish and poultry etc. I drink cow's milk + saltine crackers if my overnight blood sugar is most likely hitting a low. Occasionally, I will have a pizza, desert, wheat breads and pasta, whatever. Overall, I don't strictly restrict myself from anything. I am a student and I take in a ton of stress, so my insulin is dosed a little higher and my A1C controls fluctuate in the 7s.
I've been researching veganism and heard some Type 1s do eat solely vegan. I am wondering if this is necessarily worth it to give up lean meat, egg whites, greek yogurt,and cheese-which all make it into my daily meal plan. I don't know where else I would get calories from + maintain a blood sugar that is not high nor low, but a few testimonies seem to show that vegan diets can be very healthy. I also worry about the deficiencies-I do eat a multivitamin (sometimes), but I have had vitamin D and hypothyroid before, which have been since normal or near normal.
I am really just curious. As of now, I don't see it practical for me to adapt a certain diet plan but instead to eat what a general consensus can call "healthy". But I am wondering if removing foods which I assume are not bad, namely dairy, eggs, fish + poultry, is better than keeping these foods in or not.