Eating Out Healthy

Dining out does not mean you need to abandon your diet and blood glucose control. You want to be able to enjoy your meal and the experience. When you eat out, restaurants can sometimes serve too much food.

Here are some things you can do to have a good time and not jeopardize your diabetes control or compromise your transplant. Individuals in the transplant process can also have other dietary restrictions (i.e. low fat, low protein, low sodium, low potassium, need to avoid concentrated sugar, etc.) You can make healthy choices while eating out that will accommodate your needs.

The following recommendations should be used as a guide for healthy meals. It is important to consult with a registered dietitian when designing individual meal plans that will fit within your diabetes management program and transplant process.

Be Careful Where You Eat

Many restaurants now have healthy choices on their menu. Make an effort to go to a restaurant that does this. If you are not sure, call and ask.

Also, ask if they will make a special request; this has become very acceptable as our society becomes more health conscious. 

Examples:

Try Not to Overeat

Many restaurants have a "Super Size Mentality" where more is better. If you have eaten everything on your plate, typically you have eaten too much. These tips may help prevent this:

Healthy Hints

Here are some additional healthy hints that you can try while eating out. These hints can apply to restaurants and fast food. In general, to optimize blood glucose control it is necessary to control the total carbohydrates that an individual ingests.

But it is also important to remember that part of a healthy diet for individuals in the transplant process with diabetes is to also monitor fat intake and maintain a lower sodium diet. To limit fat intake, follow these simple hints.

Watch for Fats in Foods

Fats are the hardest item to control while eating out, but there are ways to watch for fats on the menu and at the table.

Here are some words that can mean fat in food:

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