TRAVELING TO PARIS WITH DIABETES
Let me guess: you’ve just bought a plane ticket to Paris, the most beautiful city in the World. And now you’re wondering if your diabetes will let you enjoy your dream destination as much as you deserve it?
Stop wondering: all you need before traveling with diabetes is a tiny bit of preplanning and organisation. And you’re in luck: Sweet Trip has done some research for you! Here’s what we’re gonna deal with in this article (click and jump to any part):
Did you know that Sweet Trip is also publishing country-specific diabetes travel guides?
Well, we’ve got the Paris one!
Check it out, here are some sample pages for you:
PARIS, FRENCH FOOD, AND DIABETES
French cuisine’s excellent reputation precedes it: ever since the Middle Ages, which were rife with lavish feasts, French gastronomy hasn’t ceased to inspire chefs worldwide. In 2010 the “gastronomic meal of the French” was even inscribed on the UNESCO list of The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Diverse, sophisticated, flavourful, it will make up an important part of your stay in Paris. You will discover everything from local dishes, to Parisian bistro recipes, and maybe the magic of top-ranked chefs.
That being said, what really interests us here is to get some tips on how to enjoy French food within our diabetes-friendly diet.
French cuisine is generally well-balanced, and it should not be too hard to delight yourself and balance out your meals at the same time.
LOW-CARB FRENCH DISHES
French food is so diverse that you can find pretty much any type of food on a restaurant menu. From the most carby dishes to the best nutritional ones!
Lucky you, some of the best and most famous French dishes are actually quite low in carbs! Below are some of our favorite low-carb French dishes that you can enjoy without worrying too much about your blood sugar levels while in Paris!
DIABETES-FRIENDLY FRENCH DESSERTS
The French culinary journey wouldn’t be complete without its famous desserts. Colorful and flavorful, French pastry doesn’t cease to amaze us.
Yes, French desserts are generally sweet, but they’re far from being prohibited as far as diabetes is concerned, and especially if we have them at the end of a low-carb meal. And Oscar Wilde was right when he said:
“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”
To help you yield in a well-informed and guilt-free way, we’ve selected 20 of the most popular desserts found on French restaurant menus. You can find them all in our Full travel guide to Paris with diabetes.
And for this article, here are our favorite three common French not-too-sugary desserts:
PARIS DIABETES TRAVEL GUIDE
40+ French dishes
30+ French desserts & drinks
60+ tantalizing pictures
Meal balance tips and ideas
Carbohydrates and nutritional information
PARIS WITH DIABETES: FRENCH HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
In France, you will receive the necessary medical attention in case of a problem. Paris has competent and well-equipped medical infrastructures. Medical consultations are easily accessible and financially affordable.
You will be able to find most of drugs and pharmaceuticals. And you can also get all of your medical tests done on the spot!
Now you just need to find out how it all works over there. And that’s what Sweet Trip is here for!
DIABETES TRAVEL INSURANCES
No need to be repetitive, you’ve probably heard it already: it is strongly advised to take out travel insurance before traveling, especially when we have diabetes.
Before traveling to Paris with diabetes, make sure you will be covered in case of a medical problem. Depending on your citizenship, or residence, different coverage systems are available to you.
NON-EUROPEAN CITIZENS: DIABETES TRAVEL INSURANCES
Your social security system won’t cover the medical costs that you incur while in France. Beware that in the event of emergency hospitalization or a complicated intervention, these costs can run to several thousand euros. It is therefore strongly advisable that you take out a travel insurance to bear your medical fees.
Certain forms of travel insurance do not bear the medical costs associated with a ‘‘pre-existing disease’’ such as diabetes. Double check the terms of your contract and, if necessary, have it adjusted to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
If you are still unsure about the kind of travel insurance you need, I’d recommend you read our recent article about Finding the Best Diabetes Travel Insurance. It is, of course, applicable to your future travels to Paris with diabetes.
A FEW EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE
If you are a legal resident of one of the following countries, you’ll be happy to know that a special medical agreement has been signed with the French government. Before your trip, take some time to get informed about the advantageous conditions you might benefit from:
Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Congo, Korea, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guernsey, India, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Niger, New Caledonia, the Philippines, French Polynesia, Quebec, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Serbia, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay.
EUROPEAN CITIZENS: BRING YOUR HIEC
If you are a national from a member state of the European Union or from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, the European Health Insurance Card entitles you to receive on-site medical treatment in France’s health centers and hospitals. Before your travel to Paris, be sure to request your very own EHIC from the social security organization of your country.
To find out more about how to use your EHIC in France, please refer to our Paris Diabetes Travel Guide, where everything is explained step by step.
You can also visit the CLEISS website. It is the public French establishment responsible for informing you with regards to your social protection in France. Their website is an excellent source of information and is available in French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Polish: www.cleiss.fr
MEDICAL EMERGENCIES WHILE TRAVELING TO PARIS WITH DIABETES
In our Full Guide to Paris with Diabetes, you will find a 32 pages chapter providing you with all the necessary information to deal with the slightest diabetes-related mishap. To give you an idea of what’s inside, here are some sample pages from our Healthcare chapter to Paris with diabetes:
DISCOVER PARIS ON FOOT FOR BETTER BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS!
“To err is human. To loaf is Parisian”Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.
Loafing is the favorite pastime of Parisians. And it means strolling without a care, and losing oneself in the beauty of the present moment.
You too should come and stroll the streets of the most beautiful city in the world, while admiring its historic, architectural, cultural, and natural treasures. And that way you will effortlessly get in your daily exercise while discovering Parisian wonders. Remember: physical exercise is key to diabetes management!
DIABETES AND EXERCISE
Whether or not you have diabetes, OMS advices adults aged 18–64 to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week. That means we all should walk at least 30 minutes a day. And, the more we walk, the healthier we’ll be!
Walking helps stabilize blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and substantially reduces the risks of developing complications, in particular with regard to cardiovascular diseases. The faster the pace, the more effective it is. And climbing some stairs adds to the effort!
That’s why we’ve prepared 7 walking itineraries for you to discover Paris and its main sites of interest on foot! And we’ve identified the best parks and green spaces of the city.
PARIS LATIN QUARTER
6 MORE PARIS WALKING TOURS
There are 6 more walking tours of Paris awaiting you in our Paris with Diabetes travel guide:
Louvre, Trocadéro, Bastille, Opéra, Pont des Arts, République Square, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame de Paris, Moulin Rouge, Montmartre, Royal Palace, Champs Élysées, Concorde…It’s all in there!
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Our Sweet Team wishes you a Sweet Trip to Paris 😉