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7/22/13 11:14 A

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Very late answering here! I have read his book and really loved it. Becoming vegan made all my numbers go down. HgA1C, triglycerides, cholesterol, everything went down. I also love the books my Dr McDougal, and love the Engine 2 plan!

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2/17/13 4:03 P

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HI I just saw Dr Barnard on public television and got quite excited and so I just joined this team . I am not sure I want to go vegan but want to try it for the 21 days he suggested. I too am wondering about yogurt. i usuall have 1/2 cup 0 % fage yogurt flax and blueberries for breakfast. I will try oatmeal instead with fruit . I am concerned about digestive results but maybe it won't be an isssue with the change to vegan

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10/23/12 5:36 P

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Hi - I'm a few months late in answering but I wanted to let you know how I have done with Dr Barnard's plan. I was fully diabetic and had been recently placed on insulin. In my first 6 months I managed to lose 45 pounds and dramatically improve all of my numbers (A1c, cholesterol, BP) and go off of nearly ALL of my meds - still on metformin. I was on low level BP and cholesterol meds.
My last lab series in August (off most meds) with old numbers in (on meds):
HDL 43 (39)
LDL 88 (130)
Total Chol 148 (196)
Trigl 89 (134)
A1C 6.4 (7.2)
FBS 104 (101)
I consider that to be successful. I have been slacking the past 2 months - letting some dairy mostly back into my diet and higher GI breads and not being as good about enough fiber and fresh veggies and I can really tell. My bs are up and my weight has crept up about 4 lbs and I am no longer losing.
So overwhelming YES that it can be successful but like me, you will probably have to make it fit your life. Would love to talk more on this topic if you are still interested.
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7/21/12 12:05 P

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Babynjoe,
I hope you will read his book. It is NOT a diet, per se. It is a lifestyle, which if you are already a vegetarian, you are more than halfway there anyway! He believes in only vegan foods. I tell you what, it sure has helped me... if I stick to it. I was eating things and not checking labels all the time and eating too many sweets. He does not tell you to liimit your quantities, but does say that we should try to limit how much fat we eat.. and absolutely NO animal fat.
My only hold out, from being completely vegan, is that I can't find a suitable vegan yogurt. I wish there was a greek soy yogurt on the market.. I don't know why there isn't. But checking labels, I'm not happy with what is in the soy yogurts that I've found (and they ARE hard to find anyway!).
So, I'm still eating fat free plain greek yogurt mixed with fruit. That's the ONLY dairy I'm eating or drinking.
I'm in the same 'boat' as you... pre-diabetic (close to being a true diabetic). We can't let that happen!!

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7/18/12 11:46 P

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I haven't read it, yet, but my friend has it. I'll ask to borrow it. I'm afraid to try any one specific diet because I believe that all "diets" have flaws and weaknesses. I do need resources on non-animal based protein sources, and maybe he has ideas. I need to lower my A1C and, now, my triglycerides and overall cholesterol. They go in hand with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (my affliction). I am considered pre-diabetic because my AIC is at a solid 6. My overall cholesterol is 240 and my triglycerides are 290. Yikes!! :(


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7/17/12 2:22 P

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Hi,
I'm new to this group. And just returning to SP after a long time of being lazy and gaining some weight back.. Hence, my blood sugar has gone up again.
I read Dr. N. Barnard's book on Reversing Diabetes over 2 years ago and followed his plan pretty well for a while.. But then, after my A1c was lower than it had been in a year, I got lazy and started eating poorly (but still vegetarian, not quite vegan).

What I would like to know, is if anyone on this team has seen truly great results in reversing their BS numbers by following his plan.
Has anyone actually followed his plan as he describes?
The only part I have trouble with is limiting (non-animal) fat in foods.

I'd love to hear from all who have attempted this method.
Thanks!

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