Diabetes is becoming more prevalent as the years pass. Because of this, we need to make sure that all of our loved ones who are living with diabetes have delicious and healthy food options to keep them going, so they can maintain their blood sugar levels. This includes knowing how to order food for diabetics when eating out. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of individuals that have diabetes worldwide has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
A guest post by Sarah Jones
What Should Your Order? And How?
Evidently, the need for accurate management of this condition is important and therefore there are certain things we should all be doing regardless of whether or not we have diabetes. This includes eating nutritious food, trying to follow a regular fitness plan, and aiming to maintain a healthy weight range. However, if you are diagnosed with this condition, how and what do you get to eat?
If you have a serious sweet tooth and, like me, believe that dinner only exists as a prelude to dessert, then the idea of never having sugary items might be crushing. However, there are plenty of fruit jams, sugar-free cookies, and candies to satisfy your cravings, along with sugar alternatives that can be ordered online at places such as AWD Diabetes or in your local pharmacies and grocery stores.
What Are Your Options?
When you are at a total loss, chia seeds, the innocuous super-food lying on your shelf, may be a great choice for attempting to maintain your blood sugar levels while maximizing flavor.
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber; they have been used since the time of the Aztecs for their amazing energy properties, and there is even hopeful signs that chia seeds can help safeguard the hearts of diabetics. When dining out, there are many new restaurants that have added chia seeds to their menu.
If you are entirely new to diabetes and have no idea where to begin, then setting out a healthy meal plan with an emphasis on keeping your blood glucose levels is the key. When ordering, make sure that you emphasize that you or your companion is a patient with diabetes. Some restaurants are mindful of diets like that; however, many small establishments do not really have the time to create a proper menu for specialized needs. This means that you will have to customize your order by saying “no sugar, or else I’ll get an attack.” Make sure the server writes that down for legal purposes.
But what to order? Great options include salads, a fish burger with salad on the side, grilled chicken, or an amazing taco with chicken, and of course, a sugar-free soda or water. The most important thing to bear in mind when ordering meals for your diabetic loved one is that they receive all the essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fat, and protein, so that it keeps their blood glucose stable for as long as possible, and that they will enjoy eating their meal, too. A great option recommended by Diabetics Living is chicken salad wraps with corn, carrots, and yogurt.
Information is Key
Diabetes, like all things, is conquerable, but as with all battles: knowledge is power. So equip yourself and your family with as much knowledge as possible, and you will soon be enjoying healthy, delicious meals that stabilize blood glucose levels easily. These can be enjoyed by making simple tweaks such as choosing grilled over fried foods and learning to pack more vegetables onto our plates.
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