Unlike vegetarians who may benefit from special menus in restaurants, diabetics face a real challenge when dining out. For people with diabetes, nutrition is more restrictive as many foods can cause blood sugar spikes.
Assessing the Restaurant
Information about restaurants can be obtained either online, on their websites, or simply by making a call. One way or the other, you can determine both the style of the menu and of the foods that are served. Restaurants that have chefs willing to take special orders should be on the top of your list. Also, you may want to know whether the served foods can be cooked without unhealthy ingredients.
Recommendations For Diabetics
After making sure that the food is adequate to your diabetes nutrition, there are certain things that should become part of your routine:
- Ask for substitutions. French fries, which are rich in saturated fat due to the oil they are cooked in, should be replaced with a baked potato, a much healthier solution that abounds in complex carbohydrates. Whole grains can replace refined grains, which are not that rich in complex carbohydrates.
- Ask about the ingredients when unsure about what’s in a certain diabetes recipe.
- Pick low-fat and low-calorie foods. Normal salads and sweeteners should be replaced with low-calorie sweeteners and low-fat salads, in order to protect your heart.
- Ask for fish or chicken entrees to be broiled instead of sautéed.
- Consume the same portion as you would at home. Smaller portions or half-portions are often available in restaurants, and should be requested, since the normal portions are frequently oversized. When the hunger sensation disappears, you should not force yourself to finish the food.
- Eat at a slower pace. Doing so allows you to feel the taste to the fullest and to regulate the appetite.
- Drink water with your meal. Other beverages, such as beer, soda, and wine are sources of calories. Besides water, you can also try low-calorie drinks or soda water.
Dietary Changes in Gestational Diabetes
All diabetics need to pay attention to the foods they consume when dining out. In particular, women with gestational diabetes expose themselves to a serious risk when consuming regular foods. In fetuses, excess glucose that comes from moms is stored as fat. In order to prevent this condition, which is also known as macrosomia, pregnant women have to make some changes in their diets and follow the above tips when dining out.
Dining out may seem difficult if you suffer from diabetes. However, once you ask for the ingredients to be changed with healthier substitutes, you can stop worrying about diabetes complications.