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As a hypoglycemic and as a human being, you really should try to limit your consumption of processed foods. This is especially true if you are trying to lose weight. However, also as a hypoglycemic, you have to carry tons of food with you at all times, so some processed foods, such as protein bars, are inevitable.

One of my stand-by protein bars is the Clif Bar (I particularly like Chocolate Chip). Although they aren’t the tastiest of bars (that honor goes to Zone Perfect Cookie Dough bars), they are quite good and much healthier!

A clif bar

A stand-by of mine for a long time, the Clif bar.

A couple of hints:

  • These are easy to carry with you anywhere! If they get swashed, it doesn’t change the flavor, so pack them in your food bag and go!
  • Because they are made with natural ingredients, the flavor can vary slightly throughout the year.
  • There are a wide variety of flavors, but only certain flavors (mostly Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie, and Crunchy Peanut Butter) are sold in value packs of 10 bars.
  • They are usually found in the diabetic food area in stores. But, in some cases, I’ve found them in the candy section or fitness sections of grocery stores.
  • These are more “substantial” than other protein bars, meaning they are higher in calories, protein, carbs, etc. So, take that into account when you use them. Sometimes, I only eat 1/2 of one at a time depending on my needs.

Other valuable posts:

Outline of a Hypoglycemic Diet

Travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters

How I lost the weight (and keep it off)!

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A single-serving bottle of Svelte cappuccino protein shake

A single-serving bottle of Svelte cappuccino protein shake

I was wandering through (well, fighting my way through) my local grocery store when a friendly woman offered me a taste of a new protein drink, Calnaturale Svelte protein drinks. “Ok,” I said assuming it would be horrible. She asked me what kind I wanted, vanilla, chocolate, or cappuccino. To my surprise, they taste great! She talked me into trying all three flavors and all three tasted very good compared to other protein shakes. I promptly bought two.

They are kind of expensive at $2.99 each, but they have so much protein/carbs/calories in each, that I got two snack servings out of each, which made the price more palatable. And, although not a perfect substitute, the chocolate flavor definitely kept me from buying the chocolate milk I was craving.

Good job Calnaturale! These are great!

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There have been a few times when the issue of low blood sugar has graced the big screen.

Movie: Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0)
Character: Matthew Farrell

Justin Long as Matthew Farrell

Justin Long as Matthew Farrell

In the movie Live Free or Die Hard, Matthew Farrell plays a computer hacker who assists Bruce Willis’ character in taking down a group of hackers trying to steal the wealth of the United States. At least twice, Matthew Farrell asks Bruce Willis if they can stop to get something to eat because his blood sugar is dropping.

Sadly, Matthew is portrayed as a “wimp” anyway and his blood sugar dropping is used as evidence towards his “wimpiness,” so his requests are ignored. This is a classic case of what NOT to do when someone mentions low blood sugar and they don’t really show the consequences of this (passing out).

Movie: Steel Magnolias

Character: Shelby Eatenton Latcherie

 

Movie: Kindergarten Cop
Character: Phoebe O’Hara

Phoebe O'Hara (Pamela Reed) in a red jacket on the left in Kindergarten Cop.

Phoebe O’Hara (Pamela Reed) in a red jacket on the left in Kindergarten Cop.

I couldn’t get the video to embed, but you can watch it here: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/an-oB7L7ntYhbJmm/kindergarten_cop_1990_the_assignment/

One of my favorite family movies, Kindergarten Cop, also shows a character with hypoglycemia. Police Detective Phoebe O’Hara plays the partner to Arnold Swarzenegger. He comments early on in the movie how he’s never seen such a tiny woman eat so much. She quips back that’s she’s hypoglycemic and, if she doesn’t eat often, she gets a little nutty.

This is probably the best representation of hypoglycemia in a movie because it does show the character Phoebe O’Hara having to eat often. Unfortunately, it’s not perfect either. Phoebe is shown eating mass quantities of foods that hypoglycemics shouldn’t eat including a heaping bowl of white pasta and blueberry pie.

I know there is more than this that show hypoglycemia and low blood sugar, but I can’t seem to find them. If you happen on a movie that talks about it, please let me know!  I’d love to add to this list!

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