Fast Food

By MC_Haynes Latest Reply 2013-03-12 19:38:33 -0500
Started 2013-03-07 12:43:24 -0600

So, I am always busy, and fast food is sometimes the best option. What are some good fast food places I can go, that will not 'cause too much damage?

21 replies

JiMMy DCC 2013-03-12 19:38:33 -0500 Report

Sorry about the iPhone typo's. But wanted to clarify the salads I have at Chipotle. I get the salad with no rice. Add black beans, fajita with extra, pork, green and red salsa (hot), thin line of sour cream or small amount of cheese. That's it. I can sometimes take no insulin. But usually take 2u that covers about 10carbs. But that sometimes makes me run low later. But no issues ever going high.

Type1Lou 2013-03-12 18:00:21 -0500 Report

Subway will convert many of their subs into a salad…no bread = fewer carbs and usually, a healthier choice. McD's salads are also good. Of course, my favorite fast food is Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza, but at 45 grams of carb it's at the top range I allow myself for any meal. (Plus, it's probably higher in sodium than is wise)

JSJB 2013-03-12 17:02:27 -0500 Report

It all depends on what you order. If we go out I will usually have salad or order chicken. I do not think there are any places that cater to D people.

JiMMy DCC 2013-03-12 16:40:17 -0500 Report

I travel 90% of the time. So my only choices are to eat out. I usually try to stay at a hotel with better choices than ALL CARBS. And for lunch and dinner it's usually a Subway salad or Cipiyle salad. At Chipotle it's no rice, heavy fajita, green salsa, a sliver of sour cream or a tiny bit of cheese. At either place I Bolus about 1.5 to 3u of Novolog. And I'll only go up about 10 to 15 on my BG levels. I sometimes don't bolus at all. And my background value from my pump can get it under control in 2 hours. I don't do any other Fast Food at all except Wendy's for Chili. At restaurants it's all a hidden mystery. I use Calorie King on my iPhone to make decisions. And work hard to have no more than 15 carbs at each meal. Oh - and I snack on jerky and pistachios - they help keep my hunger down as well.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-03-10 07:02:33 -0500 Report

I usually will eat grilled chicken, without the bread. Sometimes I can eat Burger King salads, but be careful they sneak kn cranberries and apples, so can be high carb like the others said. I doget away with some Spanish food, I will order chicken tacos, take out the ingredients, extra garnish and a little salsa over them. For breakfast I usually stick to veggie omelets, or ham sometimes one slice of toast. Breakfast is hard for me because I used to love just a small pancake after breakfast, but I haven't had pancakes since diagnosed. Home is the safest place for me, or packing my foods!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-08 11:13:26 -0600 Report

There are no good fast food places and should never be the best option. However, if you must eat there, go for the grilled chicken. You can get a salad and add the chicken to the salad. You can always eat the burgers without the bun.

old biker
old biker 2013-03-08 07:51:19 -0600 Report

The only fast food I eat is a couple of pieces of grilled chicken from KFC. I eat breakfast out 4 or 5 times a month. I order a 3 egg western omelet with whole wheat toast and pass on the home fries..

RebC 2013-03-07 23:34:13 -0600 Report

Zupas!!! Now you all know where I live.

davidhogan 2013-03-07 22:33:02 -0600 Report

I hate fast food but sometimes there is no other choice if my schedule gets altered when I'm away from the office. I have learned to throw away the bread and grab a fork to eat a burger. I don't know that I would call anything healthy in fast food so you choose the lessor of evils when you have to. Healthy is subjective but I steer clear of the carbs as in tossing the bread as much as possible.

GabbyPA 2013-03-07 19:26:00 -0600 Report

Fast food is hard to make healthy. The only restaurant that I go regularly that can be low carb is Cracker Barrel. They have a low carb menu and that helps. I also get unbreaded wings if I can't find something lower in carb or something baked. That being said, most fast food is off the menu.

SandySilvers 2013-03-07 18:05:09 -0600 Report

I have given up Burger King and Wendy's. There's just nothing on the menu that I feel comfortable eating anymore. Even Wendy's salads can be pretty high carb. When we're out and about and I don't have a huge choice, I'll opt for a salad from Subway (I get grilled chicken, spinach, and tomato-but I've heard that they will make any sub into a salad for you). I will also eat McD's grilled chicken Caesar salad (minus the croutons) with some apple slices for a side. Oh and I'll steal a couple of my husband's fries :)

ShellyLargent 2013-03-07 14:12:37 -0600 Report

I like to eat the Veggie Delite salad at Subway - no cheese and no meat. Only have them put oil, vinegar, salt and pepper on it. I also will eat at Panda Express. I get the steamed veggies over rice or noodles and then for my entres, I pick the lower carb choices: mushroom chicken, string been chicken, black pepper chicken or the broccoli beef.

locarb 2013-03-07 12:50:34 -0600 Report

I think that's a contradiction in terms. You may be able to find a salad at a fast food place. I used to think it was okay until I read the sodium content even in salad. At this point, I no longer eat "fast food." The only possible exception I can think of is Pollo Loco provided you ate only salad and skinned grilled chicken.
Almost all other side dishes are a potential problem.

Perhaps others here could provide you with more information. There is no real dispute that fast food restaurants, and most restaurants in general leave much to be desired n terms of health and nutrition.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-08 11:15:36 -0600 Report

I agree, even the salads in fast food places are not healthy. I don't eat at fast food restaurants on a regular basis.