Connect with Us



The Physicians Committee

Help Your Patients: Diabetes Resources for Health Professionals

Vegan Success Stories

21-Day Vegan Kickstart

Nutrition CME: Free CME classes for health care professionals

The Vegan Diet How-To Guide for Diabetes

General Tips

 Trying New Foods and New Tastes:

  • Explore new recipes, new books, and new products.
  • Be strict with yourself. It is easier than teasing yourself with small amounts of the foods you are trying to leave behind.
  • Focus on the short term.
  • If you have trouble finding recipes you like, please discuss this with group leaders or participants. There are always solutions.

Convenience Foods:

  • Fat-free meat substitutes are quick and can ease the transition.
  • Buy prepared salads that are fat-free or have no added fats.
  • Use frozen vegetables or canned vegetables instead of fresh.
  • Canned beans
  • Try low-fat (less than 5g fat per meal), vegan frozen meals (Amy’s, Mon Cuisine, Cedarlane Natural Foods, and Dr. McDougall ).

On-the-Go: Travel Tips

  • Request nondairy vegetarian meals for flights
  • All hotels will have oatmeal, pasta with tomato sauce, potatoes, and vegetable plates, even if they are not on the menu.
  • Bring along instant soup cups or instant oatmeal.

Dining Out: Look for ethnic restaurants, especially Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, and Italian, as they normally have many vegetarian dishes.

  • Japanese: vegetable sushi; miso soup (ask for vegetarian broth)
  • Chinese: rice with steamed vegetables (no oil)
  • Mexican: bean burrito, hold the cheese, sour cream, and guacamole; Spanish rice. Ask the waiter to bring out warm corn tortillas to dip in the salsa and tell them to take away the fried chips.
  • Italian: pasta e fagioli (soup); pasta marinara; ask that oil be kept at an absolute minimum.
  • Thai: vegetarian selections with rice; avoid coconut milk
  • Indian: rice dishes or breads (beware of curries—they are very fatty)
  • Middle-Eastern: tabouleh; hummus with whole wheat pita
  • American: vegetable plate; salad bar; baked beans; spaghetti; fruit plate; for salads, ask for no dressing, or try lemon or lime juice, ask that fatty toppings, such as cheese, bacon, eggs, olives, and avocados, be left off

Step 1: A Vegan Diet: Avoiding Animal Products

Step 2: Avoiding Added Vegetable Oils

Step 3: Low Glycemic Index

Step 4: Go High-Fiber

Step 5: Volumetrics

Step 6: Focus on the New Four Food Groups

Meal Suggestions

General Tips



Nutrition and Cooking Classes

Diabetes Videos and Webcasts

Success Stories

Help Your Patients


Fact Sheets and Recipes

Latest Research

Frequently Asked Questions

Type 1 Diabetes Basics

Nutrición y Diabetes

The Power to Heal Diabetes -
Food For Life in Indian country

Diet and Diabetes Kit

Order our Diet and Diabetes
Literature Kit >

Diabetes Resources from Dr. Neal Barnard >

International Diabetes Conference

Nutrition CME: Diabetes Mellitus

This site does not provide medical or legal advice. This Web site is for informational purposes only.
Full Disclaimer | Privacy Policy

The Physicians Committee
5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste.400, Washington DC, 20016
Phone: 202-686-2210     Email: