Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.

Fast food is an integral part of our world today. Our faster-paced lives sometimes leave us little time to cook, and we can find ourselves in the drive-thru lane ordering dinner. Most people know that this isn’t always a healthy option, but recent trends show that many of the fast-food chains are at least attempting to give us some healthier choices.

Fast food began to show its face as early as the 1950s. Unfortunately, since the 70s there has been a marked increase in portion size, with sodas leading the pack at a whopping 52 percent increase over the years! Combine the larger portions with unhealthy amounts of sodium, fat, and sugar and you’re looking at a health nightmare.

According to The US News Health section, fast food companies have been feeling the backlash over these unhealthy options and are beginning to give us healthier options. Here are just a few examples:

Chipotle restaurants are concerned about food integrity which allows for better flavor and less impact on the environment. This company works with local farmers and ranchers looking for foods that have been naturally raised. Of course, you can still purchase menu items that pack too many calories etc. but there are lower calorie options available.

Wendy's "Right Price, Right Size" menu allows its customers to find items with smaller portions and prices, which is desirable to many people. There are a handful of items that are 260 calories or less.

Burger King is attempting to beat out its competitors by creating a healthier French fry. “Satisfries” boast fewer calories and less fat than regular fries. This is accomplished by coating the fries in a batter before frying.

Most fast food chains have nutritional information on their websites. It’s up to us to seek out the healthier options, especially when we’re dealing with diabetes. Use your meter to help you make smart decisions wherever you’re eating.

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