Vacation and Eating Out

By dorosmag Latest Reply 2013-06-05 16:49:33 -0500
Started 2013-05-31 08:59:34 -0500

Help! We are going to the beach in just over a week and I am kind of stressing about what to eat. I don't want to stop everyone else from having what they want to eat, but eating out is so difficult. I don't know what to order because most everything will be high in carbs. My numbers are not low enough for me to not worry, but I don't want them to go back up. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can eat? Thanks!

20 replies

Type1Lou 2013-06-02 18:10:34 -0500 Report

Stay away from fried anything! You have access to lots of great seafood (as long as it's not fried) boiled lobster, steamed clams, mussels…I'm in heaven when I'm at the beach because I can have those and still eat low carb. Plus, it's getting to be strawberry season…have some strawberries and cream without the shortcake…still low carb…making my mouth water!

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-02 20:24:27 -0500 Report

Lou If I am at the beach, I am going to have the strawberry AND the shortcake. I know I am going to be burning up every carb in my body. I come home from vacations to rest…lol

snuggles11 2013-06-01 22:29:56 -0500 Report

Where do you live ?
I'm in Atlanta !
I try to control all my meals !

dorosmag 2013-06-02 04:39:54 -0500 Report

I am in NC. I have been doing very well with counting my carbs, but I know that on vacations, you tend to eat a little more than you normally would.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-31 20:00:05 -0500 Report

Eat what you would eat at home. Most places have some kind of grilled meat, fish, veggies and salads. Depending on where you eat, the restaurant may serve more food than you would normally eat. You can either share it or take it with you. When I vacation, I don't take doggie bags because I know I am not going to eat the food later.

I don't know how you would stop others from eating what they choose to eat. I would never ever ask someone not to eat something because I am diabetic. The people who are vacationing with you have a right to enjoy their vacation and eat the foods they normally would eat. Please don't ruin it for them because of your diabetes. Enjoy your vacation and have a blast.

dorosmag 2013-06-02 04:40:57 -0500 Report

I don't mean that I am going to tell anyone what not to eat, I mean my family does not want me to feel bad because they are eating something that I would like. They are very supportive and want me to do well.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-02 20:22:27 -0500 Report

No one can make you feel bad without your permission.I am so glad that I am my own support system. You should let them know that you don't feel bad because of what they are eating. Believe me if I were at the beach with you, I would be way too busy to or your family think I am going to feel bad to let them think that what they are eating would bother me. I have food allergies so it doesn't bother me that someone is having something covered in crunchy nuts while I have the plain one Hummm maybe.I should come to the beach with you. We would be having way too much fun to worry about what to eat. We would just eat what we know we could eat . and be off on our next adventure. Since I am stuck at home, have enough fun for both of us…

BrendaMarie68 2013-05-31 16:02:03 -0500 Report

Just keep in mind what you eat at HOME and apply it to restaurant eating… salads, grilled chicken, vegetables (that are NOT drenched in butter)… and ask for a take-out container at the BEGINNING of the meal to cut down on the large portion they may bring you (if it is out of sight, you won't overeat). Don't worry… you'll get the hang of it. I am still learning, myself! Oh- drink LOTS of water to fill up that extra space where food wants to be. Good luck! :-)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-31 20:03:19 -0500 Report

Brenda what are you going to do with the take out food if you are at the beach? You would need someplace to put the food to keep it chilled until you go back to where you are staying. For instance if it is lunch and you are going back to the beach, what would you do with the food? Leaving it in a hot car isn't a good idea any more than leaving it on the hot sand would be. If you cannot store the food safely when on vacation, never take the food with you to eat later. You are asking for food poisoning.

BrendaMarie68 2013-05-31 20:15:07 -0500 Report

Well first of all I don't go to the beach… but you can always just LEAVE the extra food at the restaurant if you aren't going home (obviously you don't want to leave leftovers in a hot car). It really all starts with WILLPOWER. Be smart- teach yourself portion control… learn what is good and "bad" food and stick to your guns! You can do it!

Nick1962 2013-05-31 10:19:26 -0500 Report

Give yourself a little permission to cheat. You’re always a little more active on vacations and can burn off the little cheats a lot better. Otherwise, your common sense will prevail so don’t stress. If you can make at least one meal a day a healthier one like grilled or roasted chicken, fish, and vegetables take advantage of it. Buffets are a great thing too because you can perfectly control your meal. If you’re stuck with street or vendor food, avoid the fries, throw away half the bun from that burger, or even split something with someone so you’re getting the necessary nutrition in, just not overdoing it. If it really comes down to it, pack a cooler with veggies and dip or pre-made salads. What’s better than a picnic on the beach! Chances are the rest of the group will want to raid your stash too.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-31 20:36:29 -0500 Report

Best response so far Nick. Just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you don't know what to eat. You can have an ice cream cone, share some funnel cake and even eat a little Kettle Corn. If you are at the beach and there is a boardwalk think of all the miles you will walk on just on the boardwalk. You will definitely burn off the the cheats you have eaten.

Buffets are definitely a great choice because you can control portion and what you put on your plate. They also usually have a wide variety of veggies and meats and fish that is grilled.

Taking a small cooler to the beach for snacks is a great idea. If you are in a hotel with a fridge that has a freezer, you can also freeze bottles of water. this will keep the items in the cooler colder longer.

BrendaMarie68 2013-05-31 16:03:37 -0500 Report

I disagree about buffets- that is a license to pig out. Stay AWAY from buffets!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-31 20:29:14 -0500 Report

Buffets are the best challenge for will power. You control what you put on your plate and the amount. I go periodically just to test myself.

Nick1962 2013-05-31 17:18:30 -0500 Report

Yes, discipline is required.

Nick1962 2013-05-31 18:41:06 -0500 Report

Yup, they have always been my biggest challenge. I used to get buffet "hangovers" and often told myself I'm never doing buffets again (and it was at least 4 years before I did again).
It can be done with enough willpower though - we have a local Thai place where I can make 3 trips and still keep the whole meal under 35 carbs, less than 40 grams sugar and at least 19 grams of protein. It is kind of like balancing a treat on a hungry dog's nose and commanding him to wait though.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-31 20:38:40 -0500 Report

I can do the same thing Nick, I load up on veggies and some kind of grilled meat and avoid the sauces, gravies, pasta and rice.

I can even have a dish of frozen yogurt or a cookie and not blow up my carb intake. It is all about self control and I have that.

Nick1962 2013-06-01 18:23:03 -0500 Report

Our place has a raw bar where you can take anything on your plate and they will then Hibachi grill it for you (which is weird because that's Japanese cooking in a Thai place, but hey, I like it). That's usually my "second trip" and includes some steak and sea bass with a load of vegetables.
First plate is usually a small bowl of hot sour soup and Kimchi (again, not Thai, but good). I’m not a sweet eater, but I do save my sugars and carbs for dessert here (third trip). Usually a quarter cup of tup tim kab (I hope that’s spelled right) which is kind of like gelato with coconut milk and a khao niew bing (again, not sure of the spelling) patty which is sweet sticky rice grilled in a banana husk.
If you don’t load up your plate like everyone else does (and these are only 8 inch plates, not 9 like at home), and treat it like a standard 3 course meal, places like this can be a diabetics best friend.

BrendaMarie68 2013-05-31 18:58:41 -0500 Report

I could never do it - the buffets HERE are full of fried and sauced foods and I KNOW I would overdo it. I am too new to diabetes to risk it anyway… but good for you that you don't have to restrict yourself so much.

Nick1962 2013-06-01 18:07:22 -0500 Report

Oh I know where you’re coming from. I moved to the south about 16 years ago and never knew mac & cheese could be considered a side dish, much less deep fried.
Diabetes is in some way a disability (so much more for a type 1) in that you have to learn how to navigate the outside world if you ever hope to live a “normal” life. Eating out and traveling is something we have to give extra thought to. That’s why I’ve never tried to make my daily foods “diabetic friendly” or use supplements, meal replacements, or what have you. It really kind of chains you to your house if you do.
We don’t stay in hotels for vacations either, but rather rent condos or houses for the same or lower price. There we have a full kitchen where we can prepare our meals saving tons of money and hassle trying to find acceptable places to eat. And even a crappy little spinach and chicken wrap looks gourmet when it's served on a beachfront balcony in Hawaii. It’s a learning experience to be sure and that’s why I like having the “newbies” here – that condo thing would have never dawned on me otherwise.

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