Like "Well Sig, you’re still a newbie so there are a few lessons you’ll still learn. I follow the same diet you do (and am well controlled and over 100 lbs. lighter), but I’ve learned if I want any social interaction, want to go on vacation, or participate in anything like holidays that center around food, I have to be the one who makes the concessions. Not the rest of the world. Would be nice, and some friends and family will (occasionally), but I’m sure you want to lead a somewhat normal lifestyle, which means adapting a little. The food thing is a tough one on a diet like ours. Especially if it’s spur of the moment or catered like for a meeting and you have no control. If I’m asked, I try to suggest places I know are reasonably within my diet, and if that fails, I try to make do with what I have (rather than be the guy who always has to “order special” all the time). After all, as a type 2 (T2), going off your diet once in a while won’t kill you. First, you’ll need to learn about foods and food values so you don’t have to constantly ask questions. Next thing is planning. If you know you’re going out (and probably be cheating), try less intake during the day or get in a little extra exercise to earn it. Most restaurants will make some reasonable substitutions – if you don’t want the baked potato, they’ll likely sub a second vegetable. After that, learn what foods do what to you. A slice of pizza on its own will shoot me up pretty high, but with a side salad it has way less effect. I can have some pasta too, as long as it’s not with tomato sauce (a concentrated sugar). In the beginning I was also very restricted, but learned it pretty much chained me to the house. I’ve since relaxed a bit and learned my way around restaurant menus and can still manage to keep my A1c between 4.9 and 5.2 (avg. bs of 95). As a T2, it’s really my issue to deal with as best I can (and I can), so I try not to burden myself because it cuts me off from the rest of the world. "