Funny that you bring up this topic. I have been posting on threads lately how I had the same problem on Atkins. I have really struggled with changing my outlook on carbs as well. I have never been successful at losing weight until I started doing WW at my home. I don't have any books or anything. I basically just do the flex program. I have lost 30 pounds and have gone from a size 14 to a size 8 since April 7, 2008. I feel wonderful and don't have nearly the cravings that Atkins left me with.
I remember when I was doing Atkins just feeling miserable about the fact that I may die tomorrow and not have gotten to eat pizza or tacos or a McDonald's ice cream in soooooo long. I love counting calories, because I really do get all the foods that I ate before. I do find lower calorie options for a lot of them. I will admit that I miss eating all the bacon that I used to go crazy on with Atkins. But I bet you my cholesterol is a lot lower. I found that the longer I was on Atkins, the less I ate because I was totally bored with the foods I was allowed. I felt so restricted. I was starving.
I do feel like I learned some useful tools. I am a pro at reading labels and knowing exactly how food is going to affect me. I love WW because it really rewired my metabolism. I had these huge fears that once I started eating carbs again that I would gain all this weight. Not true. Don't be afraid. Bread has never tasted so good.
I will give you an example of what I eat for a menu:
Three pieces of Milton's bread, toasted, with I can't Believe It's Not Butter and honey.
Banana and blueberries
Toasted English muffin with deli turkey, slice of provolone, some Light Lays Potato chips, a couple tomatoes, some carrots, and a small salad
Light and Fit Yogurt or melon and berries
Chicken breast, Wild rice or cous-cous, small salad or an omelet made with two egg whites and one egg and some Kraft fat free cheese and tomatoes. The omelet also makes a great snack.