Monday, June 20, 2011

Eating Healthy While Traveling with Diabetes

Everyone travels at some point. However, if you have diabetes, traveling may make it hard to stick to your meal plan. Before traveling, you take the time to plan for your trip. This same planning should be taken to allow you to continue to eat healthy while traveling.

If you are traveling by car, you have the most control over timing of meals and where to stop alone the way to eat. You can bring your own food and stop at rest stops for a picnic. If you are planning on stopping at restaurants, do research to determine which restaurants you will be passing and review their nutritional information. You should be able to find nutritional information of chain restaurants on their website, or you could purchase books with this information.

Eating healthy on a cruise may be difficult since food is usually available at all hours. One problem is portion control with all of the tempting food items available. It is alright to try new items and eat your favorites, but you also need to remember your average portion sizes.

Traveling by plane means a meal may not be served during the flight or the meal is not served during your typical meal time. You can eat at the airport, but your selection may be limited. Your flight or connection may be delayed resulting in little time to grab something to eat. For this reason, it is recommended to always bring food in your carry-on that will not spoil easily.

Before arriving at your destination do some research to determine which restaurants are located in the area. Try to avoid the all you can eat restaurants, since it is very hard to limit your portion sizes. Choose healthier food preparation options such as steamed, grilled, or broiled. Order a smaller portion option for your meal if it is available or share a meal. Try ordering salad dressing, gravies, and condiments on the side, use them sparingly.

To learn more about eating healthy with diabetes and controlling your blood glucose, consider attending education at Wayne HealthCare. You can receive individual or group education from a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Individual Diabetes Education is also covered in part or in full by several insurance companies and Medicare.

Group classes are provided in a series of four classes, which will cover many different aspects of diabetes care. The next class series will be held on July 5, 11, 25, 2011 and August 1, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the conference room at Wayne HealthCare. The low price of $10.00 per class includes handouts and interactive education. Registration is required to attend the classes.

If you have questions about the educational opportunities provided by Wayne HealthCare or you would like to register for class, please call (937) 547-5750.

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