Hypoglycemia - Dining Out is not Unwise When You Know How

At first thought restaurants and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) do not go well together.

In fact restaurants, especially since the 'credit crunch', will go out of their way to accommodate hypoglycemics. Don't only think of the waiter, think of the owner behind the restaurant. He would rather you discussed your diet requirements and your low blood sugar problem, than lose your business.

Advance planning by contacting the restaurant, even in person, is a must. Early on in the day before many guests arrive you will find the manager or headwaiter only too happy to deal with your hypoglycemic symptoms. They will keep a record of your requirements for the following evening.

If you have a favorite restaurant, in no time at all they will build up a knowledge of the kind of meals they should prepare for people with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). You will find they will swap a potato, rice, pasta or starch based dish for different vegetables or a small salad.

By carefully avoiding any refined carbohydrates it doesn't mean there will be nothing left in the restaurant to fill your fancy. On the other hand, there is no point in carefully sticking to your diet plan at home if you are going to ignore everything once you are out and about.

For a start, don't begin the meal with the usual rolls which restaurants offer while waiting to be served. One roll is the equivalent of two starch servings.

Protein such as meat & fish are generally the main course - so the basics of the meal are already okay. But, you need to check the details concerning refined carbohydrates. Do not hold back, respectfully ask the waiter with what the meal is prepared. Is it bread crumbs, flour or sugar? Fish, meats and poultry can be covered with flour. Also don't overlook gravies and sauces.

There are a number of terms restaurants use which you should realize are not good for your hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). They are:

* Gravy * Barbecued

* Glazed * A la mode

* Crispy * Sweet and Sour

* Breaded * Honey baked

* Creamed * Stuffed/stuffing

* Fruited * Tetrazzini

You will need to do some background reading to further understand which foods are unacceptable to hypoglycemics. Information to help you start your diet changes is readily available at a small cost to yourself.

The benefits of the right information on hypoglycemia will far outweigh the time and effort required to understand what is a healthy diet and keep you away from the dangers which low blood sugar can lead to.

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