Like "Diabetes management, I think, is as much a matter of mind and emotional control as it is food control. If you approach with a "bad" attitude, it will be difficult. The key? I think it's to own your diabetes. You can do this by learning all you can about it, then applying that knowledge to create a new, healthy lifestyle. Look at it as a new and exciting challenge that has excellent benefits for you. As for books, there are some wonderful diabetic cookbooks from the ADA (although I found mine online at other sources that sold for much less!). Find a book called Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy by Warshaw and Webb - one of the best resources for meal planning. In the end, it's not so much what you eat, but how much you eat, especially carbs and fats. A limited amount is good for you. Too much is not. I've been counting calories and in 12 weeks lost 35 pounds. Got a long way to go yet. Sometimes I think "I just have to have" a hamburger or a burrito. I buy it, but, mindful of calories and carbs, divide it into 2 or 3 pieces, and each just 1 at a meal or snack. That way, I stay within "budget" and, at the same time, can enjoy what I like. (Don't get me wrong; I've also consistently added more fruits and veggies to my diet, and tried new foods that I haven't tried before - all of them fit well into my diet. The "junk food" is an occasional treat.)"