Eating Out With Diabetes

Diabetes, Diabetes Type 1, Diabetes Type 2, Featured Article, Healthy Living
on May 19, 2010

Having diabetes doesn't have to mean skipping your favorite restaurants. With these tips from the American Diabetic Association, you can nix the stress of eating or ordering out.

Inspect the menu. Try to avoid ordering foods described as jumbo, giant, deluxe, biggie-sized or super-sized. They may seem like a good buy, but the additional saturated fat, cholesterol, salt and carbs my be more than you bargained for.

Beware of how it's cooked. Choose meats that are broiled or grilled rather than fried or breaded.

Talk to your server. Request that your meal come with no added salt, and with sauce or gravy on the side.

Get creative. Top baked potatoes with salsa or veggies instead of butter; Ask for a squeeze of lemon juice or small amount of olive oil on your salad instead of dressing; Order fruit for dessert; Choose a salad and appetizer for dinner instead of an entrée.