What adjustments to my diet? (Type 1 diabetic + limited animal products)
Hello everyone, new user. I am a type 1 diabetic eating mostly plant-based (fully on my own, with fish/seafood and occasionally cheese with bf) and looking to lose some weight.
I started entering my food into the app a few days ago but was baffled as to how my diet contained so much fat. I had assumed that my eating of vegan greek yoghurt, nuts and seeds were providing plenty of protein, but they seem to provide twice as much fat! Then again, I was also looking at regulating carbs rather than fats, because fats do help regulate my blood sugar very efficiently - and as mentioned above, nearly all the fat comes from plants, seeds, olive oil... But it turns out that I end up over the target calorie limit very easily, even though I feel like I'm eating like a little bird. (Snacked the other day on 50g of roasted pumpkin seeds, +300 calories?!?! 😱)
So I've been thinking of what substitutions I can make that would limit the amount of fat and increase protein, and I'm coming up short - sure, I could snack on tofu and healthy vegan meat substitutes, but I'd most likely fry or roast them, y'know? I imagine I'll have to cut on the mayo and replace it with tahini sauce, but even that might not make much of a difference? Anyone has good tips, or could say if it worked better for them to substitute ingredients or make more radical changes?
On the other hand, my weight has been stable with this diet (and more takeout food) in the past years, with a BMI only a little over 25 and excellent cholesterol levels. (But very little exercise and according a little doughy appearance). So I'm thinking, does it really matter if I go over the calorie limit (I've set it to lose weight at a -200g a week) while eating healthy fats and keeping a low blood sugar, if this would make it still possible to lose weight, f.ex. by adding some exercise? I mean, is it possible to have a higher calorie diet but with limited carbs and lose weight without exercising like crazy?
Unfortunately my diabetes doctor did not feel it would be necessary or beneficial for me to see a dietician, and recommended this app instead, but now I have this info and no idea what to do with it...