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Megan wrote me and wanted to know what protein sources there are out there other than nuts. I thought I had my hypo email forwarded, but apparently not. Sorry it took so long Megan! I’ll tackle your other question soon too!

If you are a reader and have something in particular you want tackled, please comment on a post and let me know! I’m always looking for post ideas and I want to make sure I’m writing on the hypoglycemic topics that are most relevant to you.

Anyway….

Sources of Protein Other than Nuts for Hypoglycemics (check your portion sizes)

  • Lean meat
  • Protein shakes (some have carbs too)
  • Edamame (soy beans, dried, steamed, etc.)
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Whole wheat pasta (also carbs)
  • Protein bars (also  carbs)
  • Beans (also carbs)
  • Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous

I’m guessing her question primarily stemmed from Megan wanting protein sources that were portable. So here’s that list:

  • Protein powder (I put 1/2 a scoop in a Gladware Mini Round and go! When I’m ready for it, I add water, shake vigorously and drink. They don’t leak so it works great!)
  • Cheese (can be unchilled for up to 2 hours and still safe to consume, I also often carry a mini cooler with me if possible)
  • Organic Milk. I recently learned that this doesn’t have to be kept cold. Starbucks sells individual portions.
  • Protein bars (I recommend Clif bars)
  • Seeds
  • Dried Edamame

Any other thoughts for Megan folks?

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Even if you know an event you are going will have food, as a hypoglycemic, you still need to carry food on you for a couple of reasons:

  • You know the food with you meets your calorie/protein/carb needs.
  • There might be long lines, they may shut the food down, etc. You need to be prepared.
  • You should never go anywhere without food!
  • It’s cheaper. Eating every 3 hours can get pricey at a festival!

The process

Normally, if I’m going somewhere where I think they will not allow me to carry food in, I contact the venue/event managers a few days in advance to explain that I’m hypoglycemic and ask what I need to do. In most cases, they are absolutely great about it. They allow me to carry a small amount of food into concerts, football games, etc. by showing my medical alert necklace or bracelet to the person searching my bag.  I should mention that even the Secret Service, when I’ve been near two different U.S. Presidents, have allowed me to have food with me.

I’ve only had one concert venue give me grief and they give me grief EVERY SINGLE TIME. They always make me “check” (think coat check) my food at the emergency station. This is stupid because it’s tucked-away in a corner and hard to get to. Every time, they make me walk there with a security guard and hand my food over to the EMT’s. What they don’t know though, is once the security guard leaves, the EMT’s vent about how ridiculous it is, have me say “I need my food” and hand it right back to me before I walk back out and join my friends.

The biggest thing, I think is to be up-front and respectful and people usually accommodate. BUT, make sure you have your medical alert with you as proof.

What I carry

I usually carry pre-packaged foods so it’s less of a security issue. I carry protein bars (mindful of not carrying one that melts), nuts and dried fruit. I try to take at least two full snacks with me and plenty of money for food. You can see my usual set-up below with a small wristlet. If I can carry something bigger, I do, with an additional snack.

If I'm only allowed to carry a wristlet with me, I have in it plenty of money for food, a Clif bar, and dried fruit and nuts. My cell phone with credit card also fits.

If I’m only allowed to carry a wristlet with me, I have in it plenty of money for food, a Clif bar, and dried fruit and nuts. My cell phone with credit card also fits.

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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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Dear Clif Bar,

Thank you so much for my very cool birthday present!  I was very excited to receive it in the mail and I can’t wait to try the bar! I really love your products and think highly of your company.

I really appreciate the kind and thoughtful gift.

-Nicole

 

P.S.

Here are other posts where I’ve mentioned your company. I love your product!

Hypoglycemic? You MUST carry food with you!

Travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters

Outline of a hypoglycemic diet

 

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