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Ask Dana: How to keep a healthy diet and Diabetes Management up while traveling


Dear Dana,

This summer we have some exciting travel plans. I know I will be eating out in restaurants that are not part of my normal routine. Do you have tips for how to maintain a healthy diet while we travel this summer?  I hate to lose all my progress on my diabetes management.

– Cynthia Berman
Portland, Oregon


Dear Cynthia,

I love to travel as well and am excited for you to experience travel adventures this summer! And, yes, there is no need to lose momentum in your diabetes management while you eat out for the next few months.  Although it is a common concern shared by many people we work with at IDS.

With the right approach and a little preparation, it’s entirely possible to enjoy dining out while making informed choices. Here are some tips to help you navigate the restaurant scene while keeping your health and diabetes management in mind.

How to keep eating healthy and maintain your Diabetes management while on vacation

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Dining out should be an enjoyable experience and a key part of enjoying the culture and environment during your travels. 

With a little planning and mindfulness, you can make healthier choices while still savoring delicious meals.  Incorporating these strategies into your routine will empower you to maintain a healthy diet and effectively manage your diabetes, even when faced with restaurant temptations.

If you have any further questions or need personalized advice, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the dietitians on our IDS team.  We would be happy to help individualize your meal plan and talk about your travels with you!

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