Dining Out on a Low Carb Diet

Eating low-carb is a lifestyle. If you’re diabetic like I am, it’s not really something that you can do one day and not the next. The best way to control your low-carb diet is by cooking your meals at home. It’s plain and simple. BUT who wants to do that all the time?! I enjoy cooking dinner, but sometimes we like to go out and enjoy ourselves. It’s nice to go to the restaurant every now and then or if you’re out and about sometimes you just need to stop for some food. Life doesn’t stop just because you’re on a special diet.

In order to eat at a restaurant, you need to understand what carbs you can eat and which ones you can’t and how much of each and how they affect your blood sugar. When I was first diagnosed I ate at home for a month or two straight so that I would be able to experiment with different foods and see how they affect me. Then, once I felt I was well versed enough, we ventured out.

Here are a few tips for you:

1. Be Prepared: If you know you’re going to a specific restaurant, check out their online menu. Most chain restaurants will have their nutritional information available online. Do your best to choose a dish before you get to the restaurant. That way you won’t be tempted by other dishes once you get there.

2. Don’t Over-Indulge: We tend to want to order appetizers and desserts when dining out because they’re so readily available. Resist the temptation. Or, if you really want to, order one appetizer to share with the table.

3. Skip the Alcohol: Alcohol is definitely something that low-carbers should avoid. Like everything, alcohol should be consumed in moderation {always, but especially if you are diabetic}. Not only will ordering a drink add to your bill, but it will add to your carb count. I’ll do a more in-depth post on Diabetes and Alcohol in the near future. 

4. Avoid Fast Food: Let’s face it, fast food does not really fit in to a low carb life style. There are, however, times when you just need to eat something from somewhere because you’re in a hurry or in a pinch. If you can manage it, order a salad. I know Arby’s, McDonalds and Wendy’s all have wonderful salad options. Skip the crispy chicken and opt for grilled, or better yet, turkey. My favorite is Subway, because you can get a salad with all the low-carb friendly fixings.

The key is just to know your body and know your limits. Can you have a hamburger with one half of a bun? Or maybe you can eat sweet potato fries but not regular french fries. Just do the best you can with what you have available.

Do you have any tips for low-carbers on how to eat out? I’d love to hear them!

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