Thanks for the response, Lanie.
I was giving Andrew a chance to explain what seems to me to be some rather extreme dietary advice, but he doesn't seem to be in this thread any more. As you point out, it's possible to justify many of the things he suggests, in isolation. Putting them all together with no explanation or justification just doesn't seem right when Jeni was asking about weight loss diets. A diet that is so restrictive as to be hard to follow is not a good one for most people.
Clearly it's not a vegetarian diet (chicken and fish are included) so why exclude red meat? Antibiotics? Animal husbandry issues? Whatever the reason, it does not seem to be weight loss related. Please correct me if I'm missing something, Andrew.
Whole grains with legumes are a good, low glycemic index way to get fiber and complete amino acids (for protein). I think they are part of a good diet.
Good point on the skim milk vs whole, Lanie. I moved everything to low fat, but maybe the skim milk causes sugar spikes.
Also a valid point that dried fruit tends to be eaten in bigger quantities than fresh fruit. Is that the issue, Andrew? If so, there's no need to ban it, just eat in moderation, as with everything else.
Fruit juices and sugared softdrinks are an obviously bad choice, and some people think even diet drinks are bad news for diabetics (the inflammation theory), but I don't know why coffee would be banned. Since I don't drink it I admit I don't pay much attention to coffee research/theories. Does anyone know why coffee might be considered a bad thing for a diabetic trying to lose weight?