Sunday, April 18, 2010

Here is a question I recently received from

Since I live alone, I rarely cook (if ever). I have type 2 diabetes and I’m wondering which is better… eating frozen dinners or restaurant food? Thank you for your help.

Unfortunately, both frozen foods and restaurant foods tend to be high in fat, sodium, and calories.

From a portion control standpoint, frozen foods are better, as you have more control of the amount that you eat. Also, by reading the nutrition facts before purchasing, you have the opportunity to choose the more healthy varieties.

Restaurant foods, on the other hand, serve very large portions. Consider doing your research prior to dining out; many restaurant chains provide nutrition information on their website. Many also usually indicate more healthy options. Look for leaner proteins such as chicken and fish. choose baked or broiled over fried, and limit or avoid heavy sauces. Even something as innocent as salad can be a disaster- be sure to ask for sauces or dressings on the side.

The most important thing is to do your research and order smart:
*Investigate food labels and compare frozen entrees prior to buying. Remember, just because it's on sale doesn't mean it's good for you.
*Do your research! Investigate and compare nutrition facts of food items prior to buying.
*Opt for broiled or grilled entrees.
*Avoid sauces or dressing or ask for them on on the side.
*Split an entree with a friend or bag it for another meal.
*Be mindful for portion sizes- eat as you normally would at home.
*Choose lean proteins such as skinless turkey, chicken, or fish.

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