Like "Howdy Shane. WELCOME! to DC! Regarding the "diet" soda, there are worse things you could drink, but i don't drink them very often. My reasons why may be found here ~ http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/21/are-diet-sodas-making-you-fat.aspx. There are a lot of other downsides to "diet" soda. For more info just click through some of the links you find here ~ http://search.mercola.com/search/pages/Results.aspx?k=diet soda As far as what you can eat, I have managed to control my T2 diabetes through following a specific meal plan. I had been taking twice daily injections of NPH insulin but have not needed it since 02/2011 by following the meal plan I discuss here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discussions/general/14850-my-meal-plan Take a look and see if this may help you. Please do me the kindness of recording your impressions in that discussion. God's best to you and yours James Baker "