Imagine what it would be like to dive into a meal without having to give yourself an injection. When you're a pumper, you have freedom to enjoy food on your terms, wherever and whenever—with just the touch of a button.
That being said, smart food choices are important for a healthy lifestyle. Eating at a restaurant can be fun, but it can also ruin your meal plan, and play havoc with your blood glucose levels. It’s important to read the menu carefully and choose foods that are healthy when you incorporate restaurant foods into your plan. You may also be advised by your healthcare team to adjust your insulin for restaurant meals to keep your immediate post-meal (post prandial) blood sugar in target.
Work with your healthcare team to find a meal plan that is right for you. This can help you identify safe limits for nutrients such as calories, carbohydrates, fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Learn how to read the menu to look for healthy choices. Often, restaurants will have detailed nutritional information on hand, or on their website. Ask to see a menu while you are waiting for a table to allow extra time to read through the menu to plan your food choices. And remember, never skip a meal or go out hungry, as that can sabotage your best intentions.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when ordering food.
Ask if you are not sure what is in a dish or how it is prepared. Because you may never put butter on your pancakes at home, you may forget that pancakes at a restaurant may come served with a large dollop of butter on them.
Ask the server not to bring chips and dip, crackers or bread before or with the meal. If you would like an appetizer, ask for a broth-based soup or a dinner salad with the dressing on the side.
Only eat half of the meal and take the rest home to enjoy the next day, or ask for an extra plate so you can share the entrée with your dining partner. Request a "lunch portion" or a "senior portion", which is usually smaller.
Salads and salad bars can be good choices, but watch out for items already prepared with sauces, such as potato or macaroni salad and syrups on fruit. Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables and low-calorie dressings. Be careful with additions like bacon bits and sunflower seeds that will add extra calories quickly.
When choosing items at a fast-food restaurant, keep these tips in mind:
Don't forget the other important balancing act you can do: Move! After the meal, go for a walk, do some gardening, or even go shopping to burn off some of those extra calories.
The information made available on the Animas website is not intended to be used or viewed as a substitute for consultation with a healthcare professional. The information provided on this site cannot be the basis for diagnosis or therapy. You are advised to obtain professional advice and should always discuss your treatment plan with your health care team.