Eating Out With Diabetes

It’s a matter of awareness and information

It may sound like an impossible mission, but is not. If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor probably told you what you have to watch while choosing your food: portion sizes and salt, are two key parts of your new menus.

It means that your daily consumption of sodium shouldn’t exceed the 1,500 milligrams (less than a teaspoon). About the portions, we all know that most of the restaurants offer servings big enough to share with another person or even to eat the next day from it. So, ask for half portions or just cut it yourself in half as soon as it arrives to your table. Always ask for a low sodium menu. A lot of restaurants are very conscious about their diabetic clients.

In order to keep track of your food prep, you should avoid places like buffets, fast food restaurants or chain places where everything is already cooked. You will need to ask for a specific preparation of your food.

Remember that now your body will resent everything you eat in a very different way, and even your smallest decisions are going to have an impact on your health.

Then, avoid bread, soups and broths. Forget about butter and remember that from now on, fruits and vegetables are going to be your best friends.

Salads are good, but not all of them. Dressings tend to be salty and creamy, two dangerous characteristics that imply sodium and calories. Ask always what kind of ingredients are they using on your food. Canned or marinated vegetables are always a NO, just like cheeses, croutons, and cured meats.

If you really need a dressing on your salad, ask for a vinaigrette on the side and use a little portion of it.  Lemon or even a little bit of olive oil could help to give a nice flavor to your salad.

Grilled and broiled are probably your best options when consuming fish, meat or poultry. The best option for a drink, could be water with a twist of lime or lemon, a natural juice without sugar or even milk.

Desserts are not prohibited. Well, at least not all of them. Enjoy fresh fruit, a colorful gelatin, or a plain cake.

A whole nice and healthy meal at a restaurant is not impossible if you are a diabetic. The key is to be aware of your choices, to ask for everything you need, and to enjoy your food knowing that you are not doing any harm to your health.

 

To Detox or Not To Detox…

Are those detox diets safe and proven?

If you haven’t done it yet, at least you know someone who claims to be an expert or a loyal fan of the famous detox diets. The question is, are they really that good?

Let’s start with this. Every detox diet promise you great results that can go from weight loss, to a better skin, and even an improved digestion process.

However, there are many detractors of this kind of practice. Some doctors and health experts say that detox diets are responsible for side effects like fatigue, dizziness, low blood sugar, muscular aches and nausea. Why? Because a detox diet is focused on the consumption of only liquids, or only vegetables and fruits, leaving you without key nutrients that your body needs.

Exercising is also restricted during a detox diet, because you are on a low calorie diet.

But it doesn’t mean you can’t clean your system. There are safe and healthy ways to do it. A diet based on vegetables, fruits, lean protein and whole grains, added to daily exercise, could give you those results you are looking for, without endangering your health.

Experts warn us also about colon cleaning sessions and lymph nodes massages that are usually linked to some detox processes. As they say, our liver, kidneys, colon and lymph nodes do their job without help, unless we are victims of some disease.

So, based on the experience of experts and doctors, there is not proof that detox diets actually benefit your body or your health, but a balanced diet combined with exercise is proven to be effective. Your body needs the nutrients coming from every food group, and to deprive it from one or more those groups, could be devastating to your body.

Keep in mind that every time that you are going to start a new eating regime, it is important to consult your physician. Also, remember that extremes are dangerous. Balance should be your favorite word when we talk about diets.