Whether restaurant food or take out is an occasional indulgence or a big part of your life, having diabetes can make it hard to choose from a men or buffet. Here are some suggestions:
•Keep track: Get into the routine of recording what, when and how much you’re eating.
•Watch your portions: Consider splitting an entrée, taking leftovers home, ordering a lunch-sized portion or appetizer for dinner and avoiding all-you-can-eat buffets. Note: Pasta portions are often all the starch you’ll need in one day.
•Timing is everything: Try to eat meals at the same time to help your blood sugar levels. Carry crackers in case of delays.
•Make smart choices: Opt for salad instead of fries, grilled chicken instead of crispy, vegetarian pizza instead of meat and tomato sauce or cream. Also, garnish your burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion rather than cheese or bacon.
•Choose wisely: Think foods that are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals, and lower in fat, salt and sugar.