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I love county and state fairs. Life doesn't get much more perfect than spending a day (or more) at the fair. If you have diabetes, however, the beer gardens and deep-fat fried foods at the fair can blow you diet — as well as your blood sugar — off the map.
Here are a few tips for enjoying fair favorites and staying on your diet:
What tips and tricks do you have for enjoying your favorites at the fair while still sticking with your diet?
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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Yes, Virginia, it IS possible to eat healthily at the fair. The church stands offer a variety of good, nutritious meals. Ditto the Food and Dairy Buildings. As the author of this article reiterates, it requires some pre-planning and making sound choices, but it can be done without breaking the bank or the diet!
Pack a meal to take to the fair?! I'd rather not go, thanks. The once-a-year event is above all an eating event. I can stay home and eat my own food. :) Portion control is my main strategy. It is great to share, but it is also OK to eat a reasonable amount and throw the rest out. (Or take the extra home if it is something that doesn't require refrigeration.)There are some foods that I ONLY eat at the state fair. Staying hydrated is important. So is knowing where the restrooms are!
I adore the Illinois State Fair, and this year enjoyed my usual food -- a ribeye sandwich by the Beef Producers (small ribeye steak grilled and served plain on a bun), a lemon shake-up (a fresh-cut lemon half shaken like crazy in a large plastic cup with a teaspoon of sugar, a bit of water, and lots of ice), and a small soft-serve ice cream from Prairie Farms. All good stuff!
I have just jot it down. But before making any decision like this make sure you know the sufficient meal intended for you blood type. Bloody types diet is a great help for us to know what are the recommended food we should eat on every meal were on.
Both my husband and I are Type 2 diabetics so if we really want something like elephant ears (fried bread dough) , we ask them to leave off much of the topping and then we split it.
My fair usually has a wagon where you can get a killer stuffed tomato with chicken salad and feta. I WISH they had shish kabob! I don't go anywhere hungry unless I'm sure what's available.
What, you mean we don't get to order the Krispy Kreme double cheeseburger wrapped with chocolate bacon? I'm told it's a Wisconsin State Fair fav.!
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