Pink, sorry I didn't answer your question. Sometimes I get lost on this group and neglect to go back over something. I am overweight having come down from obese and continue to lose but slowly. Despite being obese over the last twenty years, my fasting blood sugars are normal, no retinopathy or neuropathy and four years ago when I went for a blood panel, I think the HbA1c was somewhere in the 5's. As I lose weight I pick up exercise and currently exercise at least one and usually two hours per day. I am a gym member but also walk a lot. If I am very faithful to exercise my fasting sugars are in the 70's.
Unlike most on the group, I try to restrict calories to 1200 per day. I do not want to restrict calories much more than this. It is hard to know if I hit that mark because I eat a lot of soup. Today I am eating vegetable soup with crushed tomatoes and puree, lentils, oatmeal, onions, mushrooms, eggplant, savoy cabbage and cauliflower. And two ounces of clams in fourteen quarts of soup. (That is the size of one of my soup pots.)
No oils or fats.
I eat lots of beans, raw vegetable salads and cooked greens and other vegetables. I love potatoes. Right now my fridge isn't working so I am not cooking rice. Corn is the one thing I will only buy organic.
Donna, you are scaring me. Being vegetarian for twenty six years and still having by pass surgery and diabetes. Did you eat dairy or fats and oils?
Normally I wouldn't worry about this because after twenty years I have no complications (that I know of) and normal fasting sugars and Dr. McDougall doesn't seem concerned as he points out in his video on diabetes. I visit the diabetes support group on web md and they are all low carbers and insist that their sugars always stay under 140, even after meals. However, I believe there are only two low carbers on the group who control diabetes without meds. I have said that my fasting sugars are normal despite eating starches and no animal protein at each meal. They came after me with pitchforks and flaming torches.
Didi, it seems that an intake of 1,200 Kc daily would enable you to reach a low BMI unless you are extremely short!
Do you normally eat 14 quarts of soup/day? Best wishes as you fine tune what you are doing to reach your goals!