Type 2 Diabetes – Restaurant Rules When Eating Out With Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes – Restaurant Rules When Eating Out With Diabetes – Food is the second major concern for a person with Type 2 diabetes, with the first, of course, being the control and maintenance of their blood sugar level. While you are in the comfort of your own home it is easier to control what you are eating and how the food is actually cooked. But what happens if you want to go out for a meal? Is this cause for panic? It doesn’t have to be as long as you take a few precautions.
Your first concern needs to be where you are going: most health-conscious people go to restaurants and try to steer clear of overtly high-fat high-calorie menu selections.
You will need to pick the type of food you are interested in so you know ahead of time what you are going to be up against. For instance, Mexican food is delicious but it is rather difficult to find an entr??e that isn’t smothered in some kind of sauce or cheese. Taking these extras off of the meal isn’t a fair assumption. Finding something that is delicious without these extras isn’t feasible, either. So, for a diabetic, Mexican food probably isn’t the best choice.
Once you determine what type of food to go with, you will want to take a good look at the menu. Make sure before you commit to eating there they will have something healthy for you. Many people won’t give much thought to this. Using the logic it is only one meal, so what could it hurt are famous last words. In the end, all you are doing is trying to justify not eating right. The problem is that decision doesn’t automatically stop when you get home.
As you browse the menu, stay away from sauces, creams and gravies. These are nothing but calories, fat and largely sodium. By choosing something grilled or baked, you are well on your way to making the right decisions.
One area where diabetics go horribly wrong are the side items. A baked piece of chicken with caramelized onions and mashed potatoes won’t work. In this case, two wrongs don’t make a right. Talk to your server about switching out side items. If they are not able to give you what you can safely eat, then find another entr??e. Don’t risk your health by giving in over one meal. It isn’t worth it.
If there is some question as to whether an item can be switched out of a meal, have the server talk to the cook. They should never assume it can be done. Once your meal hits the table is not the time to find out it wasn’t possible. Your server is there for a reason… to serve you. If they are not willing to do so, then ask for the manager.
Another area where dining out can be hazardous is the type of drink you chose. Water with a lemon slice is always the safest way to go. Again, taking the time and effort to order a healthy meal, with the right side items doesn’t do much good if you wash it all down with a soft drink. You started the meal out healthy: make sure you finish it that way.
The last obstacle to overcome is the portion. Most restaurants have a distorted idea of portion size. When the plate arrives, if it is simply too much for one person to safely finish in one sitting, immediately ask for a to-go container. Do this before you start to dig in. Once your taste buds are awakened by how good the food is, it is hard to argue with them. Separate your food before you take a bite and then you will be forced to stop eating when your portion runs out. Plus, you now have a delicious meal of leftovers for another day.