I know what you're saying. I think we've all been there and had a hard time explaining why we can't eat what everyone else is eating, or if there's nothing we can eat, why we can't eat at all. I also lost a bunch of weight on this diet, so when I'm in that situation around people who don't know me or understand my illness/diet restrictions, they get this look on their face that I know means they think that I have an eating disorder...it makes me pretty mad. Anyway, here's a reply I gave to Maggie a while back on this topic:
Going out to eat is one of the hardest things to face in the beginning (or anytime really). One of the biggest things that helps me get through social events where you have to eat, is simply the way you present it. To avoid getting into too personal information or having to talk about anything that you don't want to, I find it helps just to nonchelantly mention that I have a lot of food allergies (if an explanation seems needed). Since digestive problems & food allergies seem to be linked our candida problem, it's an easy way to minimally explain, yet still get around the uncomfortable specifics. And if you just mention general food allergies, rather than listing all the avoid foods, then it will seem less awkward. If they ask specifics, I wave it off by saying there are too many to list. Hopefully that will be enough of a hint to prevent any other questions.
To add to that: even if you don't have specific food allergies...well, it's much easier to explain it this way than getting into the whole yeast explanation. Or else you could say that you have some digestive problems right now, so it's best for you to avoid certain foods. And that's got to be true of anyone with this illness. You can even tell them that your nutritionist told you to eat this way - right Tarilee?
Another thing I like to do is keep a snack on hand at all times. This is mostly because my stomach seems to control my life & I am ALWAYS hungry and need to eat (hypoglycemic), but it also makes those awkward social times a little easier when you at least have something
to eat. Then you won't feel so out of place & others won't notice the difference as much because you aren't sitting there empty-handed while they stuff their faces. It's good all around, you see.
Easy foods to keep in your purse, car, or bag: nuts (almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc) & rice cakes are the easiest. You can also bring a tupperware container of veggies - carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery. You can even bring a nutbutter or homemade dip (guac or veggie dip). I also keep a few tea bags or small seltzer waters on hand so that I can also have something fun to drink. I'll even bring a baggie of homemade cookies or muffins when I know other people will be eating sweets - then there is almost no temptation to eat "real" sweets.
Well, I hope these ideas help! There are probably ideas listed in the diet FAQs or the Getting Started section of the forum too.