Fast Food Choices

By pablito805 Latest Reply 2011-04-09 17:53:51 -0500
Started 2010-04-26 22:23:25 -0500

When I eat at home I make good choices, but having a 10 month old and not enough time sometimes I tend to go out on them days to fast food places. I'm so used to just picking something from the combo menu instead of making healthy choices. What kinds of food are good to pick if you have to go to a fast food place? Mostly Jack N The Box, Micky D'z & Subways.

13 replies

Type1Lou 2011-04-09 17:27:22 -0500 Report

Subway will make any of their subs into a salad. You get all the meat and cheese along with veggies but no bread and eliminate those nasty carbs. (I had Subway's Chicken-Bacon Ranch as a salad today…only needed 1 unit of insulin to handle those carbs) MacDonald's salads are also a good choice. I've never been to Jack in the Box so can't help there. If you don't like salads though, it can be tough making healthy choices…grilled is always better than fried and stay away from the french fries. Good luck!

Torri 2010-08-04 10:54:20 -0500 Report

Hi! Thanks for the link to the site! I have an option for those who prefer to eat at home but still love fast food. I am one of them and I love this diabetic friendly pita bread I always stuff it with chicken, vegetables and yogurt garlic sauce. It's really delicious and taste like real fast food :)

pablito805 2010-05-04 22:18:51 -0500 Report

Thank you guys for all the info. I found this website for some more info on some fast food places.

Most of the fast food places have really high sodium in their food. I really got to watch what I eat after checking out these nutritional charts. Sack lunch for me for now on

GabbyPA 2010-05-05 12:16:21 -0500 Report

Yeah, it is really kind of scary. I know when I started reading labels of any kind I would get depressed. I had no idea I was putting so MUCH bad stuff in my body. Not that I didn't have the opportunity to read the labels before. I just didn't want to know. Thanks for that link, I have it in my favs now so I can make better choices too.

Anonymous 2010-05-08 10:01:30 -0500 Report

Thanks for that link… I hope more restaurants become aware of it for more restaurant options. There weren't a lot here in the Cleveland area listed with my zip code.

RAYT721 2010-05-04 19:34:12 -0500 Report

Most of the fast food restaurant websites will offer you the nutritional breakdowns of calories, fat, protein, etc. There's a book called "Restaurant Confidential" (check your library) that offers the same information in a guidebook. We bought a copy on Ebay like for a few bucks.

firstflight800 2010-05-02 15:34:31 -0500 Report

Danger Pablito805. It is so easy to let these places throw off your numbers. There are some choices that can work for you.
So do you eat it there or just take it home with you??? If you take it home, you can get a large salad, like the one with the cubed chicken and use your own low carb dressing. That works well for me. The "worst" thing, for me, about fast food I think is the large and fat white bread buns they use on their burgers. At home I put burgers on these "thin" whole wheat buns made by orowheat. It helps alot.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-27 11:42:47 -0500 Report

You can get info on line that gives you the scoop on each and every item that the various fast food chains offer (i.e. sugar, fat, protein, etc.). There are also small pocket-size booklets at grocery stores, pharmacies, etc., that provide this information. Handy to consult when eating out. Common sense would be first to use, of course, and Gabby just gave you some excellent tips. If you actually read the info on the different items, however, I think the impact would be very positive. You would be able to tell just how horrible it is for you.

If you have a smart phone (DROID, Blackberry, etc.), there are apps for you that also provide this information. A good way to quickly check before deciding what to put in your body.

It really is hard not to eat fast food, isn't it? Up until January my schedule was so hectic (still working and doing a lot of volunteer work) that I found it almost impossible to eat right. I think it's good that chains are showing some signs of improvement on their menus. Let's hope they keep doing that and give us more healthy choices.

GabbyPA 2010-04-27 07:14:02 -0500 Report

Well, it is hard, but I gave up fast food for the most part. Once in a while I still indulge, but not often. I don't eat there anymore because even when you think you are getting a healthy salad, you might be shocked to find that there is more trouble with that than a cheeseburger. The reason I avoid fast food is that there is High Fructose Corn Syrup in almost everything they offer. And I mean everything. That is something that studies are showing causes or increases insulin resistance. I believe it, we all grew up on it.

If you can't go cold turkey, just choose broiled over fried, veggies over fried sides and stay away from the bacon cheese double anything. LOL What we also did (before I quit all together) was always order the SMALL. Another problem with our sugar levels is the amount we eat. Getting small orders helped in that regard.

I also don't order diet drinks. I get unsweet tea and drink it unsweet. The aspertame and sucrulose in diet drinks is a cycle in craving more foods, usually carbs. So keep those out of the mix as well. Many chains now offer bottled water as an option if you don't like unsweet tea.

Harlen 2010-04-27 06:51:26 -0500 Report

It is hard to make the best choice when eating out I know lol I eat out a good bit.But after time you get to know whats good for you and whats not,A bigmac is bad lol FF bad lol and what do I like,you got it Bigmac and FF.well I gave them up for better choices fruit and grilled chicken I cut the bread and the FF lol boy thats hard lol For me I only let myself have so menny carbs and if what I wish is to high I look for a better one , yes it takes time to work it all out .You will get it .
If not for you for the little one.They are going to need you for a long time to come and the only way you can be there and be in good health is to make the right chioce.
I am a T2 on the pump so I can eat a lot more then I did when on shots but if I eat to much I will get bigger and I have no wish to do that so I cut the carbs way back.
Best wishes

lhrnciar 2010-04-26 23:42:36 -0500 Report

Hi! All of this is new and overwhelming for me. Making major changes in a very short time is making me fell frustrated and depressed. I am responding with my suuggestion for McD's but have no idea if it is an acceptable solution. I like the southwest salads with the grilled chicken! I don't know if it's agood choice or not because it comes with a pack of dressing. I just choose that for me because I have a 15 year old who always wants to eat there! Maybe someone can reply and say if it is good or bad!

Harlen 2010-04-27 07:02:05 -0500 Report

Yes I know what you meen lol
On the dressing it will tell you how menny carbs are in it the more in it the less you will wish to use.For me counting carbs was the only way for me to get my BS to stey in the good.It was very hard for me to get to the point of keeping my # where they need to be I didnt do it in a day,week or even a month it was one and 1/2 years for me to get there,So dont get to stressed out over it and just keep working on it you will get there.
When I first started I whent to the diatition and she sed cut all the carbs and all the fat I am a Chef so I know whats in food I looked at her and asked what els is there???
She didnt have an ansser for me I was so overwelmed that I didnt know what to do ,so I whent online and did a lot of reserch and over time I got it all worked out thank god.So dont give up it takes time.
Best wishes

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