I read this thread with great nodding and understanding, I started into phase 2 this morning, after two weeks on phase 1. I made some Baked Oatmeal last night for the occassion. So I had my pre-determind slice of that with a small glass of milk for breakfast. I feel very satisfied and actually very glad that phase 1 is completed, as I missed grain and fruit. But I will only have this oatmeal dish or whole grain granula and milk for breakfast for a week or so to see how it affects me.
I think for me it was important to understand that carbohydrates are not our enemy, in fact they are vital to our good health. This food plan is rapidly teaching me the difference between a good and bad carb, something I did not completely understand before. So in my normal black and white approach to things, I have to step into the grey area and know that yes, some carbs are very good for me to eat. It is vital to give up those mashed potatoes, candy bars and pastries, but not so good to give up the whole grains, fruit and yes sweet potatoes. You know, I can throw the baby out with the bath water sometimes.
Staying in phase 1 is living in fear, of carbs. You can control what you eat and the success of this way of eating for the rest of your life is learning that control, not living in fear of one group of food. Sorry if I sound preachy, this post is really for me