The more active the role you play in your health-care decisions, the easier it is to manage your diabetes. For instance, cooking your own meals allows for better blood-sugar control because Â you know exactly what and how much is in your food. Â However, itâ€™s not always possible Â to prepare home-cooked meals. And living with diabetes doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t enjoy dining out.
Follow these tips for smart dining :
â€˘ Choose a restaurant with a large menu of healthy items. Â Many chains have nutritional information available online.
â€˘ Call the restaurant ahead of time and ask whether they can handle special requests.
â€˘ Have a small snack before going to a restaurant, when you are dining later than usual, so you arenâ€™t too hungry.
â€˘ Review your meal plan before going out, so you will know what your carbohydrate allocation is.
â€˘ If you arenâ€™t sure how a dish is prepared, ask your server.
â€˘ Watch your portion sizes. For the main course, Â order an appetizer and either split an entrĂ©e with your companion or eat half of it and take the rest home.
â€˘ Ask for substitutions. For example, order vegetables instead of French fries.
â€˘ Avoid breaded, fried foods and foods in heavy sauces. Try fish or poultry that’s grilled or broiled, without butter.
â€˘ Ask for salad dressing and sauces on the side.
â€˘ Limit to one serving drinks that contain alcohol.
â€˘ Be careful of all-you-can-eat restaurants. When you do eat at a buffet, fill up first on vegetable dishes.
With these tips in mind, you can keep your blood glucose in control and make dining out an enjoyable experience.
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