With planning, you can follow your meal plan for
diabetes when you eat at restaurants. Here are some
Look for restaurants that have heart-healthy
items marked on their menus, and choose these items whenever
Request pamphlets from your favorite fast-food
restaurants—most fast-food restaurants have printed material that provides the
carbohydrate, calorie, and fat information for many of their menu items. If
this information is not available, go to your local bookstore and purchase a
pocket guide that includes it.
Review the diabetes food guide
pyramid so that you will know where the various foods fit in and, most
importantly, which foods contain
Review your meal plan, if
necessary, so you will know how many carbohydrate choices you should have at
At the restaurant
Restaurants typically give
generous servings. A 12-ounce steak provides four to six meat servings in one
meal; only two to three servings are recommended for an entire day. Ask for a
half-size portion of the meal. If you enjoy leftovers, half the meal could be
put in a to-go box. Ask that the box be brought with the meal, so that the meal
can be halved before you even take the first bite. Another option is to split
Appetizers can add a lot of fat and calories (and
carbohydrate, depending on the item). Unless healthy choices are available, you
may want to skip appetizers, especially if weight loss is a goal for
To cut down on fat (especially saturated fat):
Choose reduced-fat salad
Order grilled, baked, broiled, boiled, and steamed
foods (and ask the cook to go light on the fat during cooking).
Use half your usual amount of butter and sour cream and ask that these be
served on the side.
Rarely choose cream sauces, such as Alfredo,
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.