Eating Out

By Pibb Latest Reply 2011-01-07 12:51:22 -0600
Started 2011-01-06 21:17:36 -0600

My major issue with my diabetes is that I literally have no time to cook. At least no anymore. My days off are visiting friends and appointments and such. I have been trying to really study the menu, but it seems more expensive to buy a single sandwich than it is to buy the meal deal. So what can I do, I don't really take a lunch because I have no place at either job to keep a lunch cold. My only luck is that one job is near a Subway and I love their Subway melt, which I tried on a flatbread today and wasn't too bad. Any ideas out there on what I can do?????

5 replies

RAYT721 2011-01-07 12:51:22 -0600 Report

Let's face it… we are all living in a busy and fast-paced society but there are some priorities (eating, exercise, medications) that we truly need to put in the foreground when we think about our time management. While I understand that you may not be able to focus on preparing healthy gourmet meals every day of your life, the Subway Diet is going to cost you not only financially but in your health and control goals. The key word "goals" is being chosen in this discussion reply for a reason. Quite often the most successful approach to achieving goals is in making them realistic, measurable and writing them down! With that said I would encourage you to make a list of 5, then 10, then 20, etc meals that your tastebuds and your glucose meter agree on. It may include a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread (read the labels) or protein bars or other items that do not require refrigeration. Your "to do" list might include getting a thermos and/or thermal lunch container with freezer packs to keep some things cool during your day. Whatever works and what you are comfortable with will hold the answers for you. If you are not motivated to achieve a goal, you'll never reach it; but, by being here and asking for our advice may just be the first of many steps to reaching the goals that you are setting. Your Subway Melt can top the list but you'll soon burn out on them if you don't have other tasty and nutritious lunch options on that list. Not everything you have needs to be served on bread. Man (or woman) does not live by bread alone. Make sure your list focuses on calories, fat, carbs, vitamins, sodium and other nutritional facts and you'll soon have variety that works for you, looks and feels good on you, and in which YOU are in control … of mind, body and soul. Having tools is one thing but using them is another. Happy New Year … Happy New YOU.

teststrips 2011-01-07 12:28:02 -0600 Report

Just pick 4 or 5 things you like to eat and work on making extra that you can eat thru-out the week. If you try and think about all the possible meals that you should be eating it can be overwhelming.


re1ndeer 2011-01-07 09:54:28 -0600 Report

Hi Pibb: There is a book you should get Called " The American Diabetes Association Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating." I got this book FREE after taking a diabetes education class at my local clinic from my Diabetes educator.

If you have taken classes maybe you can ask about the book. Otherwise I'm sure you could probably order it from the American diabetes Association.

Good luck to you.

Harlen 2011-01-07 07:00:00 -0600 Report

I eat a lot more salads now lol
theres a book cald the caloreieking it cavers a lot of eat out food as you know the more you know the better choices you can make
They do make freezer packs for lunch to keep them cool I know I used them for years .
Hope this helps
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2011-01-06 21:47:04 -0600 Report

Is there a way to include your friends in an afternoon of cooking with you and maybe sharing out the meal between you? Or could you get together and spend some time packing up some lunches for the week that you could keep in a cooler at work? I used to do that it worked really well. Or you could take one afternoon or evening and make a large batch of soup or a favorite meal and split it up into single servings and freeze them. Then they can be your cooler "ice" and be ready for you at lunch or a quick meal when you get home from a busy day.

Unfortunately, eating out all the time can really limit your choices to keep in your goals for carbs or calories of intake for a day. What you need to realize is that you need to do some things for yourself to take care of YOU. It does take effort and it does take time. Your friends and family may not get it at first, but you need to help them understand and if they are close to you, they will start working with you to help you succeed.

I don't have info on the flat bread sandwiches, but here is what a 6" healthy sounding sub runs. This is just the sandwich without any condiments.
6" oven roasted chicken breast sub:
330 Calories
47g Carbs
5g Fat
45g Cholesterol
1020mg Sodium
4g Fiber
24g Protein

Salads are much better but again this is without dressing or things like cheese. When you learn to make things for yourself, you open the door to so many possibilities.