Today completes two full weeks at phase one for me. I've gotten good resluts so far. I've lost 11 pounds so far. The best thing I can say is that I (knock, double knock, triple knock on wood) no longer feel a slave to sugar. It's crazy. Before I started this way of eating I felt about as hopeless as I ever had. I felt as if I had lost the power of choice with regards to drinking pop, eating sugar, eating highly process carbs, deserts, bread, pasta, bagels, etc...
In the last two weeks I've cheated (badly) twice. One night I ate a ton of brownies and another I ate vanilla wafers. Other than that, I've been on plan. Not perfect at all, but I think I identified some reasons as to why I felt compelled to eat those foods.
For me, I have no defense once my mind says "WE need sugar". If I get to that point - it's over. My job is to not put my body in the position to crave sugar. The more whole veggies, lean meats, cheese, eggs, nuts, I have - the less I crave the "bad stuff". Conversly the two main triggers I have are coffee at night and peanut butter. Both of those foods seem to create cravings later.
I am so hopeful for the way of eating. I still battle the negative thoughts "How am I going to eat this way FOREVER". The reality is I don't have to eat this way FOREVER, I just have to eat this way today. One day at a time. I have noticed being able to let those thoughts go at mealtime. Sticking to the plan when it counts and not settig myself up for cravings later.
I wish everyone the best.