What should diabetics do the next time they go to a restaurant?
If you use a little common sense, you can still eat out at restaurants
or fast-food places when you have diabetes.
There is no reason why you cannot make the same healthy eating
choices in a restaurant that you make each day at home. And there
is no reason why you need to think of eating out as 'going off'
your usual eating plan.
Most restaurants today - even fast food ones - offer at least
a few healthy alternatives on their menus.
The first step you can take is to plan ahead. Know what food groups
you need to include in your meal and the serving sizes for each.
Try to stick to your regular eating schedule too, at least as closely
as you can.
Here are a few tips you can follow once you get to where you are
- Eat the same serving sizes as you would at home even if the
restaurant serves large portions. Take the rest home, it can make
a nice snack for the next day.
- Ask that high-fat sauces and salad dressings be served on the
side. Then you can use just the right amount for you.
- Try to stick with foods that are broiled/ roasted/ baked, poached,
grilled, or sautéed with no extra butter added.
- Avoid deep-fried, breaded, or creamed foods.
- If you can, avoid high-fat ingredients, such as cheese, butter,
cream, avocado, and sausage.
- Ask if you can make a substitution for unhealthy foods. For
instance, ask for a baked potato or more vegetables in lieu of
- It is OK to ask for what you want. Don't be afraid to say you
want to leave the potato chips off the plate or ask for whole
wheat bread instead of a croissant.