South Beach is really a whole foods, healthy fats and carbs eating plan not a low carb diet, not even Phase 1. It's very important to eat beans, lf or ff dairy and veggies on all phases. No grains, fruits, or high glycemic veggies on phase 1. Once we move to Phase 2 we can have most fruits and whole grains in moderation. Check out the food lists for the whole picture (and, of course, read the book if you haven't yet
Your lunch salads sounds delish. Check the list for the serving size of olives because they are considered a fat but a very tasty addition to your salad
Baby steps, losing the holiday excess first.
Maintaining 48 lb loss since 2008, working off regain to a sensible maintenance level. 60+ lbs and counting!