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Tips for Dining Out With Diabetes

Tips for Dining Out With Diabetes

Tips for Dining Out With Diabetes

Eating less salt can substantially reduce the risk of health problems associated with high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke — a cause of death for more than 2 out of every 3 people with diabetes

Appetizers

fruits

  •        Select fresh fruit or vegetables.
  •        Avoid creamy soups .
  •        Stay away from bread and rolls with salty, buttery crusts.
  •        Stay away from fried food or breaded snacks.
  •        Muffins, croissants and garlic toast are rich.

Salads

  •        Select fresh fruits and vegetables.
  •        Avoid pickles, canned or marinated vegetables, cured meats, cheeses, salted seeds.
  •        Order salad dressings on the side and use small amounts of them.
  •        Be careful of mayonnaise based salads.

Main courses

  •        Select plain foods including broiled, grilled, or roasted meat, poultry, fish, or shellfish.
  •        Select plain vegetables, potatoes, and noodles.
  •        Ask about low salt menu items
  •        Request food to be cooked without salt or mono sodium glutamate (MSG).
  •        Avoid restaurants that do not allow for special food preparation (such as buffet-style restaurants or diners).
  •         Avoid casseroles, mixed dishes, gravies, and sauces.
  •         At fast food restaurants, skip the special sauces, condiments, and cheese.
  •         Avoid salted condiments and garnishes such as olives and pickles.

Desserts

cakes 3

  • Select fresh fruits, ices, sherbet, gelatin, and plain cakes.

Controlling Portion Size at Restaurants

Servings at many restaurants are often big enough to provide lunch for two days.

  •   Ask for half or smaller portions.
  •   Eyeball your appropriate portion, set the rest aside, and ask for a take home pack.
  •   If you have dessert, share.

Beware of the urge to order more and the urge to eat all that is on the plate…

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