Hey Lu - I think it's safe to say everyone is different, and foods affect us all a little bit differently, too. You're right about
the diet not leaving much, at least in relation to the assortment of choices we've become accustomed to.
I think in terms of eating whole foods - there are a lot of vegies to eat, you can get creative with salads topped with chicken, beef or fish; and stir fries, and soups. I hate the idea of no potatoes or rice, though -and when fresh corn on the cob is in season, that will take some reckoning as well. Easy fixes for me would be eggs, tuna (I'm gluten free, so often wrap the tuna salad in a lettuce leaf or load a celery stick with it) and apple slices with cheddar cheese (which I think is one of the cheeses allowed). For breakfast I eat homemade yogurt with applesauce - also homemade (with sugar....hmmmm and uh-oh.) I haven't tried it yet, but one suggestion was using apples instead of potatoes with celery and carrots with a roast in a slow cooker, or for beef stew. I like a ground beef patty with broccoli and carmelized onions.
Does it sound like I'm trying to talk myself into it? I may be. But I'm tired of feeling like crud, too. The comfort food, and pleasures of sugar and salt and starch are not something I give up lightly, for sure - but a bigger relief for me would be to feel better. So - here goes with something I haven't tried yet - if I can do it long enough to feel it making a positive difference - it will be much easier to continue. If it doesn't seem to help - well - I at least gave it a shot. Losing a few pounds in the process would be a happy by-product. Every once in awhile, less can be more.
That said - I may not be able to pull it off and in a week or so may make the news for breaking into a convenience store at 4 in the morning, not for cash, but for M&M's