Hey Jeanann . . . welcome! Your "hallo" is right where it belongs!
And we're happy to meet you!
Did anyone furnish you with a meter to measure your blood glucose? That's the first thing that'll help you make sense of it all. If you have insurance, see what kind they cover, because test strips for our meters can get pretty expensive. If you aren't covered by insurance, there are Walmart brands which cost about half the price of others. Look for their ReliOn
products, if you have to pay out-of-pocket. Another handy helper is a carb counter book like CalorieKing.
The low-carb regimen varies from one to the next, but if you start out avoiding "white" foods, you'll go a long way to getting your numbers lowered quickly - prob'ly even before you see the dietitian! "White" foods refers to pasta, rice, potatoes, breads & anything else made with white flour and/or sugar. Other choices like eggs, cheese, nuts, olives, meat, poultry, fish & vegetables like spaghetti squash, leafy greens, asparagus & broccoli . . . all are good low-carb choices. Even if you like your meat or fish breaded, you'll discover things like almond or pecan meal make just as good breading as cracker crumbs! Amazing, eh?!
So just take a deep breath - it seems like a lot at first, but it gets easier!