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June 6th, 2011

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08:49 pm - Vegetarian jerky? Or other travel snacks?
I have kind of an unusual specific issue. I have reactive hypoglycemia, which means I need to manage my diet very carefully to keep my blood sugar stable. Every few hours, I need something that contains complex carbs, fat, and protein. And doesn't contain sugar. And also something that doesn't have to be kept in the fridge so I can keep it in my purse for emergencies. Nuts are off the table because I always get ill from eating too much of any oily food. I've tried and they just do not work.

I've considered something like vegetarian jerky, but the commercial brands I've found so far contain some form of sweetener. Does anyone know of any good recipes for a type of vegetarian jerky? Or some other snack that meets the above requirements?
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Date:June 7th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
I am hypoglycemic, and it is quite severe. I pack my lunch every day for work with healthy foods that keep my blood sugar very stable, but I use the little blue ice things in my lunch to keep the things cold. Even when I am going to be away from the house for a day for running errands, etc I also pack my lunch that keeps my blood sugar in good shape and helps me make good food choices.

What I carry in my purse for emergencies are glucose tablets for when I start to crash quickly, and both Zone and Balance Bars that are a perfect vegetarian option with a balance of protein, fat and carbs.

If you end up being interested in the lunch type items, homemade soups, chili, salads, vegies, low carb hummus/vegie wrap, yogurt/cottage cheese with a couple of cut up strawberries are the kinds of things that I eat through the day that keep me steady. I minimize my grain based carbs just because they make my blood sugar go wonky and it is very predictable.

Good luck.
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Date:June 7th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I make sure to pack a good lunch when I'm going to be at work/out of the house too. Unfortunately I keep running into situations where I'm out longer than expected, and didn't bring or already ate my lunch. Yesterday I was stuck at work for 11 hours and had no food to eat between lunchtime and when I could finally go home (way past my usual dinner). And of course I was stuck in meetings all afternoon/evening so I couldn't go anywhere to get something.

I'm really sensitive to corn syrup and any refined sugar, so protein bars have unfortunately never been much use to me. I'm not sure if glucose tablets would have the same negative effect? Basically anything that bumps my blood sugar up too fast causes an immediate crash, a migraine, and a return of the low blood sugar symptoms.

So far, cheese and whole wheat crackers have been the perfect emergency food for me, but of course I can't carry cheese around in my purse without it spoiling (and those Kraft snack pack "cheese" things contain corn syrup).

It's weird, it seems like hypoglycemia affects different people differently, because I find complex carbs (as long as they're paired with fat and protein) work really well for me, but I see some people on hypo groups say they have the same issues you do with them. And some can do fruit, but others can't. Seems like sadly this is one of those issues the medical community still doesn't know much about.

Anyway, those lunches do sound tasty. I'm a big fan of hummus actually. It's too bad that needs to be kept cold, or I'd just carry that around all day with me!

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