Tip of the Day - Diabetes-friendly eating out tips

2009-05-29 20:39:34 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Health News News)

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Dallas, Texas (CaymanMama.com) — Eating out should not be a minefield for those with diabetes. For children, eating out should be a fun occasion and not one to be avoided if they suffer from diabetes as well.

Luckily, it is simple to monitor what your diabetic kiddo eats at home when you are controlling how the food is prepared. The calculations and preparation becomes trickier when eating out.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, these helpful tips are easy to follow when eating out with a diabetic child:

* Ask the server as many questions as you need to find out what is used in a particular menu item, and how the method of which it is cooked.
* Ask for healthy substitutions such as changing fries for a salad.
* Order dishes that are grilled, steamed, broiled or baked — not fried.
* Opt against high-fat salad dressings, sauces and gravies.
* Go halfsies! Split a regular portion dish with your child, or have the server box up half and take it home.
* Educate your children on making healthy choices by teaching during the ordering process.

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