Dining Out With Diabetes

african american woman feeding african american man in a restaurant(BlackDoctor.org) — Dining in restaurants as a diabetic can be just as difficult as dining out as a vegan. The excitement of taking a break from cooking at home and being served can disappear if stress about what to order and temptation take over.

In order to maintain safe blood glucose levels for those with diabetes, it’s best to learn the right approach to take when stepping into a restaurant.

The following are some tips for making healthy choices when partaking in a variety of cuisines:

Mexican
Mexican food can be full of carbohydrates with large portions of rice, beans and tortillas. It can also be high in fat from sour cream, cheese and fried foods, such as chimichangas. Limiting portion sizes of tortillas, rice and beans can limit the carbohydrate content, and choosing lower-fat entrees will make for healthier eating. Also, don’t forget to limit the chips and salsa—it’s easy to consume large amounts of calories, carbs and fat even before you begin your meal. If you love chips and salsa, take a handful and then ask for the basket to be removed from the table.