Coondocks and FS-ers,
When I did follow the FS diet, I never got the book, nor did I read it. I heard that it was confusing, with conflicting guidelines. That said, Phase I of the diet made me feel incredibly well, and I need to get back to it, just to "detox"..I use that term loosely, as I don't really believe in that concept, per se...But after the holiday indulgences, I can't believe how crappy I feel. Ham is toxic for me. Yuk. White flour, bah.
I simply followed what I read in the Diet Books forum on 3FC. It suggested this: a plant based diet, all fruits and vegetable to be the primary source of calories. In addition, you may supplement daily with up to 4 egg whites, I cup of oatmeal, 2 cups of brown rice, 2 8-oz. servings of fat free milk, 2 6-oz. servings of fat free, sugar free yogurt. I didn't give up coffee; I didn't see any need to. I drank a lot of water; I always do. I am a fiend about limiting sodium; it is a stealth killer imho. If I wanted some salsa for flavor, I had it. I used EVOO as I chose to..why not? I considered beans plant-based, so ate them. I think the primary thing is to make fruits and vegetables your base and supplement around that, rather than using fake meat soy products, etc. etc. your calorie base and supplementing with fruits and vegetables around that.
Hope to stay with you chicks for a while. Happy New Year!