First, major major congratulations on kicking the smoking. That's huge! You're not the only one struggling with the food issues. I'm right there with you.
I've finally broken through this week and the scale is moving down for a change after months of going in the wrong direction. I've actually been concentrating on eating more vegetarian meals, but I know that even vegetarian does not necessarily translate to healthy if I'm having full fat cheese and too much fat. So I've cut back on cheese a lot, like we're supposed to - only 2 servings a day recommended now. Eating more legumes is helping, but with cutting out the grains for P1, I'm not sure I'm balancing my meals as well as they should be. But I've been trying, even at carnivore meals, to have legumes instead of rice. Even brown rice sets me off munching so I usually confine that to my evening meal, but this time I'm stalling adding back grains and just including starchy veggies when I start P2. I had my chicken curry over lentils last night while my family had rice. It was actually pretty good that way and I'm thinking I might start eating more lentils. Never had them except in soup, but they do make a very nice side dish with some interesting texture. I cooked them in my pressure cooker, like I do all my beans. I don't like messing with cans
Hang in there! Where do you track your calories? I've been looking a bit at livestrong and sparkpeople, not sure which one is better.