Eating Out

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-07-31 16:27:37 -0500
Started 2008-07-21 22:47:21 -0500

for those of you who eat out, how do you do it? Do you already know the carb count in the dish you ordered? Can you request a dish be cooked a certain way (in oil not butter)? I get asked often to go out with friends and I cringe every time. Help!

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LeighG 2008-07-31 16:27:37 -0500 Report

depending on what my sugar is sometimes i just enjoy myself and other times i will just get bbq with cheese on top and steamed veggies and a nice works out well for me.but there are times i just enjoy eat good food and have great time with friends with siome red wine.

patti 2008-07-27 08:47:19 -0500 Report

Hi Donna
Eating out is always a challenge! I usually stick to grilled chicken salad, but request no croutons and oil and vinegar or lemon for my salad. I have food allergies so I have to be careful. Most resturants will cook to your specifications and you can always call ahead (if you know where you are going ) and ask questions first

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JP - 14811 2008-07-25 06:11:03 -0500 Report

I found this today:

Holidays and special occasions are a time for family, friends, and happiness. But for people with diabetes, the extra helpings, sweets, and alcohol are obstacles that must be navigated. Any special occasion or night on the town — even a birthday party — can present a dilemma. But, with the proper planning and mindset, you can thoroughly enjoy a big night out.

Parties pose special problems for people with diabetes. You may find yourself worrying about: What can I eat? When can I eat? Can I have a drink? What if my blood sugar shoots out of control? On and on it goes. Sharing your concerns with your dietitian or enlisting the support of friends and family may help ease your mind a bit. They can help you realize that as long as you consume things in moderation and keep close tabs on your blood glucose, there is no reason not to enjoy yourself.

Talk to your doctor or dietitian about alternate options and specific plans so you can maintain a flexible meal plan and still enjoy the social event.

Things to Remember

Keep your blood glucose levels even. Don't leave home without your meds and monitor, and bring extra meds if you think you may stay out longer than planned. You may need to test more frequently around special occasions and adjust your medications accordingly.

Always wear medical identification and be aware of where and how to obtain medical care should it be necessary.

When choosing a meal, try to stick to foods that have been grilled, barbecued, marinated, steamed, baked, or poached.

Try to find out what's on the menu so you can plan your daily meal plan, or carb counting, around the party.

Try to time your meal so it arrives at the same time you normally eat at home. If you're in a restaurant facing a long wait for your food, order an appetizer.

Limit foods that are fried, creamed, buttered, breaded, or that are served with sauces.

Do not add butter, sour cream, gravy, cream, or salad dressing at the table.

Find out how alcohol affects your blood glucose and, if you drink, always drink in moderation. If you know you'll be drinking, don't drink on an empty stomach. Let someone in your party know you have diabetes. Low blood glucose symptoms are easily mistaken for drunkenness. And most important, don't drink if you'll be driving or if you haven't discussed the potential health risks with your health care team.

And lastly, for the most important thing to remember when dealing with a special occasion, re-read Tip #1.

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JP - 14811 2008-07-24 13:55:42 -0500 Report

I also eat out frequently. I love chinese because you can have the meat and veggies part and skip the rice. Mexican, fajitas are a good choice and limit the tortilla's, and on and on , any type of restaurant can be done. Concentrate on the meat and veggies as the main course, just like at home and the starches are the side dish.

My son and I sometimes share a dessert too if we're at a place that has something good. I eat a few bites to satisfy my craving and he eats the rest. If we have more people along, we split one dessert for everyone.

*Judy (JP)

morris.js 2008-07-21 23:29:02 -0500 Report

Many sit down restaurants will be happy to cook your meals a certain way. Most offer low carb/lo cal choices. They are keenly aware of the growing numbers of people who are Diabetic or those that have certain eating restrictions, and do not want to lose that business.
However, I caution you that fast food places do not have many good choices for you even though they claim they do. Even some of the so called healthy choices like their salads are filled with high carb things like croutons and dressings.
Most of the time, I go with something baked, and if it is normaly a thing that is high in carbs, I will only eat a third or at most a half of it and save the rest for another meal. I also make sure I drink a lot of water and black coffee with my meal to help fill me up without doing any damage to my carb counting. However the coffee is not that good of a choice due to the caffiene…LOL.

I hope this helps some!

DonnaAnn 2008-07-22 08:40:16 -0500 Report

it certainly does! thanks

butterfly_8 2008-07-24 12:09:48 -0500 Report

This advice is good for us all . I do not think we need to be held hostage and not allowed to eat out.I will just use all the research done by the members here and go out to dinner if I want.

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