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diabetes tips for eating out

Avoiding High Sugar Levels When Celebrating Good Times 


Over the last few weeks, I’ve struggled mentally with my blood sugar levels. I don’t like readings above 150, so when I surpass that number, I tend to beat myself up emotionally. It usually stems from eating at a restaurant or at a party, which is bound to happen. You can’t take away some of life’s greatest pleasures because it affects our firm control over glucose levels.

However, what I have learned is that no one’s perfect. As a type 1 diabetic, our blood sugar levels are going to fluctuate, especially if you’re like me and like food. At home, we tend to know what’s exactly in our food and the appropriate amount of insulin to inject; however, when dining out, there are more hidden sugars that we may not be aware of. Plus, for those type ones who don’t have an insulin pump, whipping out a needle at a party may not be the friendliest thing to do, as some people have severe phobia of needles.

Over the last few months, I’ve attended a number of parties and have learned and gathered the following tips and tricks when eating outside of my home. They are centered on what to eat, when you don’t want to elevate your blood sugar levels significantly or are self-conscious about giving yourself a shot in front of strangers. Personally, I wouldn’t worry about the latter. You’re only doing what’s best for you. : )

  • Assorted cheeses are great to munch on. They contain little carbs and are just easy to eat.
  • Stay away from the breads, crackers, and chips. Yes, I love them too, but hold off as much as you can.
  • Fuel up on proteins! Salami, miniature meatballs, chicken skewers, etc. will satisfy your appetite and won’t cause you to spike.
  • Stay near the veggie tray. Broccoli, cauliflower, and celery have few carbs.
  • Dessert? Don’t do it! If you must, just a few bites (…party pooper, I know!)
  • For alcohol, choose a light white wine, like Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, or a light beer. The key here is: light, which ultimately means less carbs. A glass of red wine is fine too.
  • If you want to indulge in hard alcohol, stick to a non-sugary mixer – like soda water – which has 0 carbs. However, straight alcohol tends to decrease blood sugar levels, so make sure you don’t get too low either.

Happy Party Hopping!