Eating homemade meals may reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes
Dining Out With Diabetes
You can still enjoy restaurants with type 2 diabetes, as long as you learn to make healthier choices.
By Everyday Health Editors
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Eating out at a restaurant can pose challenges for people with type 2 diabetes. Many restaurant portions are very large, and you can’t always control the way dishes are prepared. Furthermore, the festive atmosphere of a meal out can tempt you into eating too much or indulging in unhealthy foods.
Does this mean you can’t meet friends for dinner at your favorite restaurant? Not at all. Just don’t go into a restaurant without a plan. Many restaurants have online menus that you can check out beforehand so you know when you get there what healthy selections to order. A good restaurant will be happy to modify the way it prepares a dish, such as leaving off the cream sauce or grilling instead of frying the fish. Ask your server to remove the bread basket if it’s too tempting and don’t be shy about asking questions regarding how a dish is prepared. Dining out can be one of life’s greatest pleasures — even for someone who is just beginning to come to terms with a diabetes diagnosis.
A Word About Fast Food
Fast-food meals are convenient and tasty, and Americans consume millions of them every day. But fast-food establishments are notorious for their high-fat, high-sodium, high-calorie fare. It's easy to eat an entire day's worth of fat, salt, and calories in just one fast-food meal.
Believe it or not, you can make healthy fast-food choices, though. How? Just as you did when you ate out at a fine restaurant, you need to preplan. In response to consumer demand, many fast-food companies publish the nutritional content of their offerings online, and they also now post the information in the restaurants, too. Before you head to the drive-through, check out this data and decide on your selections in advance — keep the diabetes-diet ground rules in mind. Avoid fried food, sugary soda, and double cheese when you order.
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