Eating at regular intervals helps keep blood glucose levels fairly consistent. If you're like most people, however, you know that keeping a schedule isn't easy. Occasionally straying from an eating schedule is all right as long as the rest of your day is planned accordingly.
If you're in a situation that requires you to eat earlier than usual, for example, skip a carbohydrate serving and have it at your regular mealtime. When eating later than you're used to, have a carbohydrate serving or your evening snack during your traditional mealtime to tide you over until you can enjoy a complete menu.
When you're on the go and absolutely need to eat something, fast-food is an option when nothing else is available. Just be sure to order small sizes, avoid deep-fried and breaded items, and omit oily dressings and mayonnaise-based sauces.
Consider any of the following options the next time you're at the drive-thru:
- Plain, kid-sized hamburger
- Small baked potato with minimal toppings
- Cup of chili or noodle/vegetable soup
- Fruit and yogurt parfait
- Basic taco
- Plain, soft pretzel
- Half of a turkey or roast beef sandwich
- Slice of thin-crust cheese pizza