Going out to eat

By jNaZr Latest Reply 2014-09-27 22:55:06 -0500
Started 2014-09-22 14:16:31 -0500

I've discovered two safe bets for going out to eat with diabetes and I want to share. The first being Mexican food. Order the fajitas. Skip the chips, rice, beans , and tortillas. Eat the skillet and the little side lettuce they provide. If you stir it all up, with some guacamole, pico, small amount of sour cream and salsa, you will have a pretty tasty side salad.

Second: Wendy's sells half portion salads. They are plenty big and I am a big guy. Grab a small cup of chili with it and you are golden.

Anyone else that happens to have some out to eat tips please share.

As a community we need to live with diabetes and be better people for it.

21 replies

scs7313 2014-09-27 22:55:06 -0500 Report

I just joined the site tonight and we just came back from Road House. I was a little worried since I am on a strict diet now, for the last two weeks and did quite well. I had six shrimp, and the grilled chicken salad. 93 2 hrs later.

ReaderReader12 2014-09-26 08:28:15 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone for all the ides about what to eat. Since I have started cooking low-carb we have not gone out to eat since the end of June. Plus we are pretty much broke ass people. At least right now. I have got to get a job when I get back from Colorado, but that is whole other topic. When I am in Colorado my Mom and I always do Mexican so the fajitas are a very good idea and they sound really good also. I have met a friend at McDonald's a few times, but I brought my own food. It worked and was good for my broke ass budget as well.


Pegsy 2014-09-23 21:34:34 -0500 Report

When we are going out for Mexican food and I know it ahead of time, I will make my own chips at home using low carb tortillas. That way I can enjoy the salsa or queso and know just how many carbs I'm getting. I'll also use my own low carb tortillas for the fajitas.

GabbyPA 2014-09-23 10:51:30 -0500 Report

I do the Wendy's thing too. YUM. I used to do a side salad with my sandwich, but have stopped doing that.

One thing I do is get an order of naked wings. They come with celery and blue cheese dressing. The key is they have to be naked (without breading) They are in no way "diet", but it is a very low carb meal.

We have a little diner that we go to often and they know me by now. If I get a breakfast, it's just eggs and maybe cottage cheese. I don't even have them bring out the carb fest. Leave it in the kitchen so I am not tempted.

Most sit down good restaurants offer steamed veggies as a side and if there is a double side option, I get more broccoli or other steamed veggies. That with a nice steak or grilled chicken breast is a good combo.

I am sad that Cracker Barrel quit their low carb menu. They had great selections, but now that's gone and I have to kind of a-la-cart a low carb meal.

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-09-23 06:28:42 -0500 Report

Eating out is the toughest for me. I do the same as you with fajitas. Personally I would skip the chili. Beans have too many carbs. I am trying to keep my weight up so it is difficult for me to get enough to eat. Restaurants will replace the mountain of starch with a very small portion of veggies. Oh and they will up the price. When I eat burgers I have to order 2. Burger without a bun isn't much to eat so it cost me twice as much so I could feel like I have eaten something.

Pegsy 2014-09-23 21:28:39 -0500 Report

They say beans are high carb and I know a lot of people have issues with them but I actually do OK eating beans in small quantity. If at a Mexican restaurant, I will order charo beans rather than the refried beans.

GabbyPA 2014-09-23 11:21:56 -0500 Report

I do agree though that it stinks when they charge you more for less. When I skip all the carbs in a breakfast, they still charge me the same price for just the eggs and cottage cheese. At least they don't charge me extra. But other places do often. It would be nice if more places would allow substitutions. It's not really that hard.

Chopstix 2014-09-25 14:39:45 -0500 Report

Imagine my surprise when I ordered a sandwich on whole wheat at a Chick-Fil-A and was charged an extra twenty cents. Now they're lucky if I just order a bowl of soup from them.

GabbyPA 2014-09-23 10:59:47 -0500 Report

I will take bean carbs over grain carbs anyday because I get protein and fiber in most of them. A large Wendy's chili is 30g of carbs. Not bad if you have a 4 carb salad with it and watch what you put on for dressing. Just don't eat the crackers that come with it. 35 grams of carbs for a meal is not over kill.

Chopstix 2014-09-25 14:45:27 -0500 Report

That was one of the changes in my diet I made. I would either the small chilli or small Cesar salad and sandwich with something to drink and be full. Then you could not substitute and had to order everything separate. Now on Wendy's meals you can. Maybe I had started something…

jNaZr 2014-09-23 11:02:16 -0500 Report

To a big degree, I think people react differently to complex carbs. For me, beans within respectable portions do great. I have about 60 pounds to drop and carb control is important, but your body runs on carbs. After a 4 mile walk or a solid mountain bike run, my muscles need to eat something.

haoleboy 2014-09-22 22:25:39 -0500 Report

In N Out Double Double Protein Style
11 total carbs!

Pegsy 2014-09-23 21:36:47 -0500 Report

If I know ahead of time that we're going to a hamburger place I will bring along my own low carb bun. I know some people can't even have that but for me, it works. In N Out Burger is great, we just got one in our area. I sure miss having the fries!

Pegsy 2014-09-22 20:47:05 -0500 Report

I like to eat at Applebee's, they have great low carb meals. At Mexican restaurants I either order the fajitas (and bring my own low carb tortilla's) or I order the taco salad and don't eat the shell it comes in.

There is a sandwich place in my area called Which-Wich. You can get any sandwich in a lettuce wrap, rather than bread. Yum!

Pegsy 2014-09-23 21:30:51 -0500 Report

Just thought of another good place if you have one in your area…Chipotle. A similar place that I don't have in my area is Qdoba.

Glucerna 2014-09-22 18:27:17 -0500 Report

I use your tip to eat fajitas without the tortillas every time I eat at a Mexican restaurant. The Wendy's half-portion salad with chili is another really good idea. At Subway, you can get any sandwich as a salad which provides lots of veggies plus you can choose the leaner, lower sodium protein options. Keep sharing ideas! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Chopstix 2014-09-25 14:52:44 -0500 Report

I'm always surprised to find restaurants I can eat the food in when out walking. They are mostly located in small towns are of the mom and pop type.

Glucerna 2014-09-25 22:06:00 -0500 Report

The combination of going for a walk and checking out local restaurants is a good one. Sometimes the smaller restaurants are more willing to make changes to the meal, such as getting double vegetables instead of the potato. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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