Chapter 3: Creating a Meal Plan 30 If You Drink Alcohol Drinking alcohol can lower your blood glucose level. It can affect you up to 24 hours after drinking. Never drink when your blood glucose is low or on an empty stomach! And be aware that alcohol adds calories. You may have to adjust your meal plan if you decide to have a drink. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if any of the medications you take interact with alcohol. Eating Away From Home You may not always have control over what is available to eat or how it’s prepared. But you can choose which foods to eat and how much to eat at once. You can follow your meal plan, even when you eat away from home. At a Restaurant At restaurants, use the following tips to help you stick to your meal plan: • Ask how food is prepared. Avoid fried or breaded foods, or ones sautéed in butter or cream. • Ask if sauces and dressings can be served on the side, and use them sparingly. • Most restaurants serve large portions. Eat half your meal and take the rest home. • At a buffet, remember the portion-size plate diagram on page 25. Devote at least half your plate to vegetables and green salad, and ¼ each to starch and protein. • Split a dish or dessert with a friend or family member. • Skip the bread or chips basket before the main meal.
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