If you have diabetes, dining out can be challenging. Keeping track of the amount of carbohydrates you eat (bread, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn) will help you control your blood sugar. With minor modifications, you can continue to enjoy your favorite restaurant/fast-food meals.

When dining out in restaurants:

· Ask for the serving size of the dish. If the portions are large, take some home or share with a friend.  Remember, a 1/2 cup of pasta or rice is one serving of carbs, so keep track of your portions! 

· Ask to have sauces, gravies and salad dressings "on the side" to help control sodium and saturated fat intake.

· Substitute French fries with a side salad or non-starchy vegetables.

· Limit alcohol to one drink. Alcohol can quickly drop your blood sugar, so drink it slowly and with your meal.

· Order grilled, baked, or broiled foods instead of fried.

· If the restaurant gives a complimentary bread basket, ask to not have it brought to the table or limit to 1 piece, then remember to include it in your meal's carb count.

When choosing fast-food:

· Check online to find out the calories, fat, and carbohydrates in menu items before going.

· Order grilled or non-fried options, like grilled chicken sandwiches instead of breaded.

· Don't supersize! Order regular or even kids' meals for healthier portion sizes.

· Limit the amount of ketchup you use.  Ketchup is very high in sugar and salt.

· Choose lower-fat and low-calorie dressings such as balsamic vinaigrette.