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Dining out can be a treat for families. Kids with type 1 or type 2 diabetes don’t have to give up that treat — they just have to take some extra steps and be sure to choose healthy foods in reasonable portions.
Kids with diabetes can eat just about anywhere. Most restaurants offer at least some nutritious foods — even fast-food places have a few healthy options. Whenever possible, look for the nutrition facts on the menu or ask for them from your server so that you know what’s in the food.
Restaurants that serve a good variety of healthy foods, like salads and vegetarian entrees, generally have more foods that fit the meal plan for people with diabetes. Buffet-style restaurants offer lots of choices, but it can be hard to tell the content of the foods or to stick to reasonable portion sizes.
To choose a restaurant, consider what your child wants to eat and which places have good options. You don’t have to find a place that serves “health food” — just the mix of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that work with your child’s meal plan.
If a restaurant doesn’t have many vegetable choices or only serves fried food covered in cheese, go to another. And don’t hesitate to speak up — ask the owner or manager to start offering some healthier foods like salads and lean protein. Chances are, you’re not the only one who wants them. A chef may also be willing to make a special meal to meet your child’s needs. Many restaurants are used to doing this for other customers with dietary restrictions, like vegetarian diners or people with food allergies.
When you’re looking for healthy dining ideas, look at menus online before heading out.
When it’s time to order, kids should follow the same rules for food content and portion sizes that they follow at home. Your child’s meal plan probably calls for a good balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Usually, kids can get all the types of food they need at a restaurant.
These tips can help:
Remind your child that the same tips apply to eating in the school cafeteria or at a friend’s house. If your child is upset because an unhealthy option is off limits, explain that everyone should watch what they eat — including you — so kids with diabetes certainly aren’t alone.
When you go out to eat, bring your child’s testing supplies, snacks, and medicines. You might also keep a quick-reference guide to food content and portions in your wallet or purse, or refer to a nutrition app or website on your smartphone. If your child uses things like artificial sweeteners or fat-free spreads, bring them along, too.
Eating later than usual poses no problem to a child who takes rapid-acting insulin with meals. In most cases, you can just make a few simple adjustments to your child’s medicine schedule. Kids on NPH insulin who delay mealtime may have to eat a small snack at the normal mealtime, and then take insulin while out.
Kids with diabetes can learn how to eat healthy — and they can do it anywhere. By helping your child and setting a good example with your own eating habits, you’ll teach skills that will last.
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Kids with diabetes don’t have to follow a special diabetes diet, but they may need to pay more attention to when they eat and how much is on their plates.
If you have diabetes, you might think you shouldn’t eat carbohydrates (carbs) at all. But all kids, including kids with diabetes, can and should eat carbs as part of a healthy diet.
If you have diabetes, your doctor may have recommended keeping track of how many carbohydrates (carbs) you eat. But what exactly are carbs and how do they affect your blood sugar?
If your child has diabetes, you may spend a lot of time thinking about the physical effects. But it’s also important to understand the emotional issues surrounding a diabetes diagnosis.
It’s perfectly normal for people with diabetes to feel sad, angry, confused, upset, alone, embarrassed, and even jealous. After all, these are natural emotions that everyone feels from time to time. But how can you cope?
Weight can influence diabetes, and diabetes can influence weight. Managing weight can really make a difference in a person’s diabetes management plan.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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