..Ten Strategies to Eat Out Healthy for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Ten strategies for eating out healthfully for Type 2 diabetes patients

According to a recent survey by the American Restaurant Association, Americans now spend 50% of their food budget outside their homes.  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, “Total food expenditures for all food consumed in the U.S. were $1,240.4 billion in 2010, a 3.4-percent increase from $1,199.8 billion in 2009. Spending on food away from home accounted for 47.9 percent of total food expenditures in 2010; spending for food at home accounted for 52.1 percent.”

Needless to say, if you are a diabetic patient (Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes), eating out will be a challenge.  The key here is to eat out and enjoy your company after you thoroughly understand how to eat right for yourself.  It is important to maintain a healthy weight and to keep your blood glucose levels within a normal range.

These following ten strategies for eating out healthfully come directly from the ADA’s “Guide to Healthy Fast-Food Eating” by Hope Warshaw.

1. “Develop a can-do attitude”
Get out and enjoy by developing a can-do attitude to change how you order and which restaurants to visit. Take control.  You can do it.
2. “Decide when to eat out–or not”
Eat out moderately. If you reduce the frequency of dining out, you will eat healthier.
3. “Zero in on the site”
Look for restaurants which offer healthier food options.
4. “Set your game plan in place prior to arrival”
Envision a healthy and enjoyable outcome and stick to it.
5. “Become a fat sleuth”
Watch the hidden calories from fat in the sauce, cream, dressing and butter. Stay away from fatty foods.
6. “Let your healthy eating goals, or food plan, be your guide”
7. “Practice portion control from the start”
Restaurant portions make the diner’s desire to control portions a hard task. Why not order less from the get-go or set aside half a portion to take home? You are getting two meals for one price.
8. “Be creative with the menu”
Take advantage of appetizers, soups and salads, mix-match, and order entrees Asian-style to share with others.
9. “Get foods made to order”
Restaurants will honor reasonable requests.
10. “Know when enough is enough”
Know your own limits and do not over eat no matter how delicious the food is. Remember: you can take the rest home in a doggy bag

For more information about how to control and keep track of the progress of your Type 2 diabetes, download our 90 day diabetes calendar and consider joining our “The Living Well” diabetes education cruise.

Reported by Diabetes Daily Post Health Care Staff

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