Type 2 Diabetes: Tips for Dinning Out
Healthy meals are crucial for people living with type 2 diabetes. Knowing what foods to eat and when and how they should be cooked are significant factors in keeping a balanced and healthy diet. With the weekend just around the corner, dining out might be one of the things in your plans.
Here are some tips that will help you enjoy a meal out while staying healthy:
- Dinning on time:
Manage your time and keep in mind when you need to take your medication or insulin. It is important to keep a balance of time between eating meals and taking your medication. Although at restaurants it difficult to estimate when exactly your food will be served, you can always ask for a small appetizer prior to your main course.
- Ask questions:
Most often, restaurant menus do not clearly state the ingredients in a meal. Ask your server about the different choices you have, how the food is cooked, the time of preparation, possible substitutes, and the ingredients. Don’t be shy to ask questions.
- Be careful with carbs:
Although carbs are important for your diet and energy, they can affect your blood sugar and therefore it would be best to set a limit on them. Try avoiding pastries; instead choose low carb foods such as vegetables or whole grains. The three main sources of carbs are: sugars (fruits or processed food), starches (whole grains and legumes), and fiber (indigestible parts of plant foods). For appetizers you could chose salads with added protein. For main courses, it’s preferable to choose chicken, fish and a low-carb side dish.
- Beware of hidden sugars:
Sugars could be hidden anywhere, from fruits, to salads dressings, drinks and processed foods. You should always be careful of such sources of sugar and try to avoid them.
- Have it cooked you way:
Do not hesitate to ask your server if a particular meal could be cooked differently, or if they could possibly cook something off-the-menu for you. “And if you find yourself unable to avoid fried food, remember that removing the outer breading before eating it will help you cut back on fat and calories in your type 2 diabetes diet”, states Everydayhealth.com.
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