No matter how healthy their diet, pretty much every one finds themselves at a drive through window once in a while. Maybe you are having some strong fast food cravings, or maybe you are just hungry and pressed for time. Either way, there are fast food items that you can eat even with gestational diabetes. Of course, even the healthiest items on a fast food menu should be eaten in severe moderation, but there are options that won’t hurt you every now and then.
It is important to remember that every woman is different, so your numbers may react differently than other women with similar issues. Of course, talk to your doctor about their recommendations, as you should before you make any changes to your diet or lifestyle. Overall, though, finding fast food options that work for you and your gestational diabetes may prove to be a bit of a trial and error.
Here are some ideas to help balance a fast food meal:
At your typical burger fast food place, such as McDonald’s, Burger King, or Wendy’s, you want to focus on balancing carbohydrates if you are eating a burger. Try having a side salad instead of fries, or omit part or the entire bun in exchange for a small order of fries. Keep your toppings, such as salad dressings, special sauces, and ketchup in moderation. Keep in mind that these sauces have high sugar content. To drink, choose water, unsweetened tea, or diet soda. If you are drinking tea or soda be sure to keep the caffeine content in mind.
Most of these places, Wendy’s in particular, have a lot of other options than just burgers and fries. You can also get chicken nuggets, but be aware of the breading. There is also chili, which will have a higher protein content that may react well with your numbers.
Taco places can sometimes be a little easier when it comes to balancing or cutting out as many carbohydrates as possible. You can choose corn tortillas instead of flour to cut down on simple carbohydrates, but overall there is less bread involved in Mexican fast food options. Be wary of your sauces and toppings, as usual, as this is where a lot of sugars and carbohydrates can be hidden. Sticking to grilled chicken options instead of beef is always a better choice. Also try to avoid rice, and for some people, re-fried beans.
The majority of fast food chicken places are going to primarily offer fried chicken, but some have healthier grilled options. Whenever possible, definitely choose the grilled options. When grilled is not a possibility, choose smaller offerings that are made with whole cuts of meat. For example, a single chicken breast as opposed to a three piece dark mix. As always, choose your sides wisely and ask for them to not include a biscuit in your meal so you won’t be tempted to eat it.
All of these options will have some sort of salad options. Even though you still have to watch your toppings and dressings, salads are always a better choice. A grilled chicken salad is typically found at almost any fast food establishment, and is usually a safe choice for fast food for gestational diabetes diets.