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Traveling & Diabetes

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have type 2 diabetes and travel quite a bit.  My eating & exercise are unpredictable at best when I travel and I’m having a difficult time managing my diabetes.  What do you suggest?

When traveling, it is important to plan ahead.  Below are some suggestions:

  • Prior to traveling, research the area you will be traveling to.  Know what type of restaurants are available, if there are walking paths/parks for some exercise, etc.
  • Many hotel rooms are now equipped with a small refrigerator.  If you find that you will have access to one, plan ahead and bring some familiar foods that you include in your diet to manage diabetes such as low-fat dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Incorporating exercise while traveling is do-able. Many hotels often offer access to some type of exercise room. Other suggestions would include going for a walk, walking to destinations instead of driving, and parking further away from a destination.
  • If you find yourself eating out, ask the waiter/waitress how foods are prepared.  Choose foods that are baked or grilled rather than fried.  In addition, ask for a to-go box prior to eating and portion out what you will eat then and what you will take to go.  This way, you can help avoid over eating.
  • Talk to your physician and make sure to have all the supplies needed. Depending on your treatment regimen, this could include insulin, oral medications, a glucometer and/or testing strips
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