I'm one of the people who doesn't use artificial sweeteners. When I'm behaving myself, LOL, I try and stick to fruit, a little agave syrup on my ricotta or yogurt, and dark chocolate. Occasionally as a treat I'll use a tiny bit of honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup because I can use a tiny bit and get a big bang of taste.
I'm with you on the cauliflower. I love cauliflower but I would never mash it to smithereens. I'd rather live without the potatoes. I also love turkey burgers but don't substitute them for beef burgers. I don't like turkey burgers with lettuce, tomatoes, and regular burger fixings. I like them either with greek seasonings and lf feta cheese or a little bbq sauce (I know, not SB). But I do also eat beef burgers.
Pasta is a problem for me since I don't like any of the ww pasta's I've tried and my family hates them. The only thing I can manage to make with ww spaghetti and pass it off is a lo mein type of dish with soy sauce or oyster sauce - the brown color is kind of expected. I've been using a compromise pasta, Ronzoni smart taste. I try to only have pasta once a week or so and like I said, when I'm actually on plan, I have a tiny portion and eat more veggies and protein with it than the rest of the family.
I've always eaten brown rice, love it and also love jasmine rice. Brown rice does increase my cravings, though, so I try not to have it so much.
Restart : 1/8/13
Restart Wt: 184.4
Round 1: 1/5/09
Beginning Wt: 191.6
Goal #1 Met: 160.0 7/09
Goal #2 Met: 155.0 3/10
Ultimate goal: 150-155 without having to kill myself with exercise or give up chocolate, ice cream, or wine!