I find, for me, that once I get the simple sugars out of my system, I enjoy food and eating very much so and don't feel like I'm missing anything. I take a great deal of pleasure out of making very tasty foods. But, I've been at this a long time and have had successes and relapses and every. single. relapse has to do with eating too much simple sugar foods. Which yes, give me a LOT of pleasure too - for awhile. And then they make me feel lethargic.
When I ditch those simple carbs, I feel good and sprightly and energetic. So, I do have to eliminate things from my diet. I've tried over and over to try to have some in moderation. It simply doesn't work for me. There is no moderately eating oreos for me. it's the whole box if I buy them.