Dining-Out Do's

You can dine out and successfully manage your diabetes.

Health Monitor Staff
Reviewed by
Philip Levy, MD
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Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a meal out with friends and family. Here are some helpful hints for keeping on track with your diabetes goals.

Just like clockwork
To maintain steady blood sugar levels, make dinner plans with friends at your usual mealtime and call ahead for a reservation.

That’s what friends are for
To make sure you don’t overeat, offer to share an entrée with one of your dining partners.

Substitute freely and faithfully
You know the drill: Instead of fries, request steamed veggies. Swap out any side dishes that are high in fat.

Drink responsibly and moderately
If your doctor says it’s okay, an alcoholic drink with a meal is fine. But beware—alcohol adds lots of empty calories.

December 2012