Experts guideline for diabetics while eating out in restaurants

Most of the people facing diabetes have to check their fooding habits, like eating out in resturants, eating foods having calories, and this makes their life dull. But now American Diabetes Association is giving us some suggestions which will help us to prevent diabetes and also heart disease.

These suggestions are mainly based on the sound principles of nutrition. These will take care of the diet and what you have to do is enjoy your meal. A meeting with a registered dietician or diabetic educator will also give you the same help if asked. The points recommended by ADA are:
- Ask about the details of the dish, specially it its new.
- Ask whether food has been prepared with liquid oils rather than solid fats (that can be high in saturated and trans fats).
- Choose food prepared with minimal salt, no extra sauce or butter.
- Choose dishes that are broiled, grilled or steamed instead of fried.
- Try to eat the same portion as you would at home. Share one order if the serving size is large, or take the extra food home.
- Ask for sauces, gravies, and salad dressings “on the side.”
- Order the baked potato — then top it with a teaspoon of low-calorie yogurt or sour cream and vegetables from the salad bar.
- Limit your intake of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and soft drinks.

All these points will help the persons to cope with diabetes at the same time enjoy the meal. As because only by making some right choices like asking for what you need, and balancing your meals out with healthy meals at home will keep you healthy as if eaten a home food.

And always remember to book the restaurant first, as this will avoid waiting and will also help to have the food on time, particularly if you are on insulin. And while calling for booking ask about the menu and even you can ask for the above queries.

If you need more help then you can :
- Call the Canadian Diabetes Association’s toll-free at 1-800-226-8464
- E-mail a customer care representative at info@diabetes.ca.
- Visit the Canadian Diabetes Association’s at www.diabetes.ca

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