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Eating Out With Type 2 Diabetes

Timing When You Eat Out

If you have to take medications or insulin shots for your type 2 diabetes, you may need to take into consideration when you will eat. Planning ahead of time can help with timing your meals with your medications.
Some suggestions that may help to time when you eat include:
  • Make reservations based on when you usually eat to avoid having low blood sugar before you even get to the table
  • Check with your server to find out if your "special" dinner will take extra time
  • If it looks like your meal will be later than your usual eating time, make sure you eat a fruit or starch serving from that meal at your usual mealtime
  • If it looks like your dinner will be very late, you can eat your bedtime snack at your usual dinner time and then eat your full dinner at the later hour; however, this may require that you adjust your insulin.

Final Thoughts

Just because you have type 2 diabetes, it doesn't mean that you have to give up all of the pleasures in life, including eating out. While it may take a little planning ahead of time, you can enjoy a meal out with friends or even a fast-food meal.
Asking for what you need, making the right choices, and balancing your meals out with healthy meals at home can allow you to still eat well while you are away from home. Your healthcare provider or dietitian can also help you prepare for how to handle eating out, including how to pick choices that are within your particular meal plan.
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