A Simple Guide To Dining Out & Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
It can be difficult to order food from a restaurant when you are constantly maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. While difficult, it is possible to make healthy decisions when ordering at any restaurant.
Dining Out: Ordering Tips
There are many tips for ordering food that cater to any individual watching their blood sugar. The following is a list of several suggestions.
- Serving Size: If you are unsure about the serving size ask your server.
- Portions: Control your intake. Restaurants often serve twice the amount of food you would eat at home. Split a meal or ask your server for a container to take home.
- Eat Slowly: Enjoy your food. Eating slowly is strongly correlated with eating less.
- Choosing an Entrée: If you are not sure what is in a specific dish ask your server.
- Meat/Fish: Order these without extra butter and broiled.
- Baked Potato: Order this plain, use low calorie butter or margarine for topping. Better yet, top the potato with salad bar vegetables.
- Salt: Ask that no additional salt be added to your meal.
- Sauces/dressing/gravy: Ask for these to be provided on the side. Using these in moderation is easier if you do it yourself.
- Fried Foods: Avoid fried foods.
- Substitutions: Substitutions are always possible, remove foods that are high in empty calories and sugar with fruits and vegetables.
- Alcohol: Limit alcohol intake.
Dining Out: Timing
Often, individuals follow a time schedule for insulin injections. It is usually advisable that time schedules also be created for eating.
- Group Plans: If dining out with a group, attempt to schedule it during your typical hours of eating.
- Make reservations: Reservations decrease overall wait time, therefore decreasing the chances of eating later than scheduled.
- Be timely: Once reservations have been made, it is necessary to show up on time, it is better to be a little early.
- Time Conflict: If there is no chance of eating at your typically scheduled hour, eat a small amount of starch or fruit at the usual mealtime to help regulate your blood sugar.
Dining Out: Fast Food Tips
Fast food is all too commonly full of empty calories, fat, and sugar. However, there are typically healthy foods on the menu.
- Nutritional Values: Know these values before making your order.
- Fast Food Meal: If you decide to eat one fast food meal, it is advised to make healthier substitutions at other meals.
- Size: Avoid foods containing the words; deluxe, giant, super-sized, jumbo.
- Meat Choices: Choose foods that are broiled or grilled, or lean cuts of meat.
- Condiments: Avoid condiments or use sparingly.
- Bread: Avoid biscuits and croissants, substitute for an English muffin or bun.
- Salad Bar: This is a good choice but avoid cheeses, bacon bits, and croutons that add unnecessary calories and sugar.
- Pizza: Typically, vegetable topped thin crust pizzas are the best choice.