Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 28, 2011

Whoa! A diabetic vegan birthday

My 55th birthday ended with a few dear friends googling “diabetic vegan dessert” and then creating a birthday menu to share together. After the spinach/zucchini/black bean enchiladas, green salad, and corn on the cob, out came the “goodness in a small sphere.”  Instead of birthday cake,  we had ground nuts, bits of dried fruit, and organic peanut butter rolled into balls and topped with unsweetened coconut for a touch of loveliness. Yummm!

Cheers! Thank you, Snow and Livja, for the dessert and beverage!

Had this event happened two months ago, it would have looked like a standard American birthday menu with one small substitution: brownies for the typical cake. Diagnoses like diabetes have a way of re-setting our normals. It takes a little getting used to, but with the help of thoughtful friends the transitions become easier.

I get asked regularly why I’m making the switch to a plant-based diet if it is not what the American Diabetes Association promotes. My answer is found in the book, The China Study, by T Colin Campbell. I’ll write a future post about this, but essentially a plant-based (aka ‘vegan’) diet has startling salubrious effects on many chronic diseases, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer.

My ultimate goal is not to co-exist with diabetes, but to reverse it with diet and exercise and other lifestyle choices. This, of course, requires a more extreme approach than the standard ADA one-size-fits-all regimen. Yes, I am taking an oral med which helps my pancreas with its insulin production; I’m also tackling this challenge with my typical gusto and passion, seeing it as an adventure in learning what my body can do if I give it my best effort.


  1. It is unfortunate that Western Medicine has historically assumed that if its ‘Not Invented Here’, it cannot possible be efficacious, but the fact is they are not going to change so it’s up to us, the presumed patients, to assume much more responsibility for our own good health.

    Comment by leroque — July 28, 2011 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  2. I am sooo excited to hear of your delicious, nutritious birthday meal-bravo! Thanks for reference to The China Study as well!
    I join you in praying for the actual reverse of your diabetes, as well.
    Shalom to you!

    Comment by Joann — July 28, 2011 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

  3. nothing you do suprises me anymore……….

    Comment by john — July 29, 2011 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  4. What a fun night with our girls! Even if I wasn’t looking for a Vegan-Diabetic dessert I may eat the “snow balls” again 🙂

    Comment by Snow Pogones — July 29, 2011 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  5. Many Happy returns of the day KB.

    Comment by midsummerman — July 30, 2011 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

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