Monday, October 20, 2008

VeganMoFo Day 20 - Hypoglycemia Woes, Kasha Pilaf & Rye Bread

I tried to behave. After Saturday's dietary indiscretions (We wound up with another pizza instead of the beans as planned), I figured I'd eat smaller portions of very healthy foods on Sunday to make up for it. I exercised as usual. Breakfast was a fat-free homemade bean burrito; lunch was a big green salad with some garbanzos and a fat-free dressing; dinner was another salad and baked beans. I had just started eating the dinner salad when the first hypo symptoms hit. By the time I finished the salad my hands were shaking and I felt drunk. Luckily we had some apple juice in the house so I poured myself a small glass to hold me while I ate the rest of dinner. Baked beans are great for people with hypoglycemia - loads of protein and fiber. I ate more than Dr. McDougall's 1-cup of beans a day recommendation, but then again, Dr. McDougall believes veggies, rice and potatoes are good for hypoglycemia. He also doesn't believe that potatoes cause abrupt rises in blood glucose levels, even though dozens of people have reported just that happening. Hypos and diabetics need similar food plans - low in sugar and refined carbs, high in protein and moderate in fats. Dr. McDougall's plan is high in complex carb starches and low in protein and fats, a hypoglycemic's nightmare. So we hypos on McDougall compromise and use a bit of oil in our cooking, more beans and other high protein foods.

Tonight for dinner I'll be making a vegetable soup with whatever bits and drips of veggies I have in the freezer, and something I haven't made in ages, Kasha Pilaf. That's kasha, the grain, not Kashi, the cereal. Kasha is also known as buckwheat groats and comes in a few different grinds - fine, medium and coarse. I like the coarse best - more to chew so it feels like more bulk. I'm modifying the recipe found on the box of Wolff's brand kasha, which basically has you add sautéed onion, mushrooms, and any other veggies you want to a batch of prepared kasha. I usually serve this with either onion or mushroom gravy, too. I'll probably pop this rye bread in the ABM to go with it, too. I substitute Earth Balance for the butter in this recipe.

* Exported from MasterCook *

Hearty Apple Rye Bread

Recipe By :
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : ABM Whole Grains

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
1 tablespoon gluten, wheat -- if using whole wheat cycle
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 1/2 cups bread flour
3/4 cup rye flour -- medium
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1/2 cup chopped apples -- "dried"
1 1/3 cups water

Add all ingredients except apples in the order shown in your machine's
user's manual.

Add apples at the fruit-and-nut beep or just before the final kneading (40
minutes in on my Oster machine - Sue)

sg 11/6/2002

"Bread Machine Favorites by Fleishman Yeast"
"1 1/2 pounds"

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Per Serving: 180 Calories; 2g Fat (8.9% calories
from fat); 6g Protein; 35g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 3mg
Cholesterol; 191mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0
Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

NOTES : The recipe says 1 1/2 lb loaf, but it was a lid-thumper in my
2-pound Oster machine

Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


  1. Hypo symptoms are the worse..happily mine have all but disappeared after following McDougall for two years and getting down to a more ideal weight (although not quite there yet!). It also helped my insomnia..don't you just love the good doctor ;)

    Your apple bread sounds great! I hope to try it soon!

  2. And I had some of my *worst* hypo attacks when I stick to strict McDougalling. It's been 25 years since my first hypo attack sent me to the ER and just when I think I've got a handle on it (hitting menopause helped) it blindsides me again.