Eating out is a big part of today’s lifestyle—and there is no reason why you should avoid restaurants because you have diabetes. However, it is important to know what you’re eating and to make healthy choices from the menu.
Tips for Eating Out
- Don’t be afraid to ask about ingredients or the serving size of dishes.
- Try to eat the same portion size you would eat at home. Don’t feel you need to clean your plate just to get your money’s worth.
- Ask your server if you can order a smaller portion at a reduced price, share a plate with your companion, or put extra food in “doggy bag” to take home.
- Ask if no or less butter can be used in preparing your meal.
- Ask that sauces, gravy, salad dressings, sour cream, and butter be served on the side or left off altogether.
- Choose broiled, baked, poached, or grilled meats and fish rather than fried.
- Try asking for substitutions, such as low-fat cottage cheese, baked potato, or even extra vegetables, instead of French fries.
- If you take insulin, ask your health care team for guidelines on adjusting your dose when you eat out.