So today I had a funny discussion with some pals about my forthcoming holiday to Rome. Apparently I'm going to find it "sooooooo hard to eat, what will you do? You can't eat the bread and pasta, oh I'd haaaaate that". Ummm..... Okay! So, no, I won't eat the bread and pasta, but I'll probably eat a fair bit of delicious Mediterranean salads with meats and cheese, and I'm perfectly ok with that! It's NOT the end of the world. It's also my birthday whilst I'm over there, and apparently the fact I won't be having/eating a birthday cake is the cause of concern - "Oh my god, HOW will you cope? NO CAKE! But it's your birthday!" Yup, it's my birthday, so what? It's a day that won't really change too much, diet wise. I don't need to smash my way through a massive cake or slice of cake. I'll be taking my birthday cake flavour protein bar(s) with me, and as sad as some of my friends seem to think that is, I am perfectly happy with that. Honestly. I genuinely realise that I won't be able to devour a chunk of sugary cake anymore without it whacking up my BG levels - and to be fair, I don't really want to have to run (plod, jog, crawl - depending!) twice around the Vatican to bring those levels back down, just because of a piece of cake.... ;-) I think it's easy to fall into the trap of 'disaster' thinking with diabetes, I really did at the start. I had the 'oh woe will be my food-life' thinking about some foods I wouldn't be able to eat. But over the past 7 months I've had *immense* fun - and yes, it really has been fun, in a totally geeky way - to find swaps to make with certain foods, so that I don't hammer my BG levels. It's a work in progress, but I'm trying to make smart choices and not go back to old habits. A birthday is just a day, same with Christmas, same with Easter, same with holidays. I think being over in Rome with friends who will be eating big carbs from pasta and breads will be interesting, in terms of not having them anymore - I used to think nothing of a big bowl of spaghetti and a wedge of garlic bread. It tasted good at the time. I'll just avoid and replace with max protein foods. Plus, I still have to try out that courgetti stuff as a sub for spaghetti, still may need a bit of convincing on that. ;-) …. But anyway, I guess my reflection was that, whilst others (friends) seem to think it's the end of the world having different foods nowadays, I think it's actually pretty cool. Because by making those alternative choices, it means I'm trying to manage this thing the best way I can - one day at a time, by swapping foods, so that I can keep myself on track. I now know I don't have to stop going out for food, or give up food. I just need to be savvie and make more lower BG-loving choices. And I'm ok with that. So holidays......here's to having salads (and cheese!) in Italy!