How do you handle traveling with T2 Diabetes

By JeanM Latest Reply 2015-02-15 19:57:45 -0600
Started 2015-02-13 12:15:50 -0600

My husband and I are planning a 2 week road trip this summer. I try to watch what I eat but still my blood sugar gets high and by the time I get home I am feeling ill. I also have problems getting the sugar down after we get home. Husbands favorite eating places are fast food like McDonald's, Burger King with drive thru windows so we don't waste time stopping to eat. Does anyone have tips on how to deal with this?

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Pegsy 2015-02-15 19:57:45 -0600 Report

When we travel, I carry food with me that I know I can have. I bring my own low carb bread, buns and tortillas and a good supply of almond milk and my favorite green tea with Lemongrass. I also pack fresh fruit and nuts for snacking along with popcorn and cheese and crackers that he also enjoys. If he wants Taco Bell or other Mexican food, I have my own tortillas. If he wants a burger, I have my own low carb bun. Traveling used to be so stressful for me because we couldn't find foods I could eat and I would end up sick or with soaring high glucose. Now, I travel prepared and it is much less stressful. Breakfast is usually not an issue as good veggie omelet can be found almost anywhere. Even when we travel by air, I will pack foods in a suitcase. Too often we would get where we were going and not be able to find what I needed at a local store. I hope this helps you.

ohneclue 2015-02-14 17:00:29 -0600 Report

Well, I would first suggest that your husband learn that you are part of the deal. If he cannot wait long enough for a sit down meal that YOU can enjoy more that would be better for your health, such as a salad without the high sugar, fat free dressings at McDonalds,then unfortunately, maybe he needs to go on these trips alone if he is that selfish. But you've known this about him for a LONG time. He didn't become this way overnight and he won't change overnight either. Can you stick up for yourself enough to order a salad without the dressing and eat that while he's driving on down the road allowing you at least a little food on his schedule or not? Burger King also has a wonderful selection of salads. And, they are generally less expensive than at McDonalds. But you need to have a serious talk with him about your health and maybe even include your doctor in this. It seems as though he doesn't respect or maybe not understand how what HE choices for food affects YOUR health. I doubt he would really be interested in enjoying a sit down meal for the rest from the road trip would allow both of you. Good luck,I'm sure you can work this out but you have to speak up perhaps a little stronger than you have in the past about how he runs things.Now there's a different game plan involving you.

Type1Lou 2015-02-13 16:10:27 -0600 Report

McDonalds has salads on their menu and that is what I order when I go there. Are you tracking the number of carbohydrates you allow yourself per day? That is a good start. The more carbs you eat, the higher your blood sugars go. Reduce the carbs and you should see better BG's. Subway will also make up salads from any of their subs ingredients…much lower carb without the bread. If you don't already have a carb guide book or app (like Calorie King), get one. They list many of the chain restaurant menu items with their nutritional values. If you know something has too many carbs to be healthy, you're less likely to indulge. Wishing you a fun-filled but healthy trip!

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