Hi Pinkrose and thank you for replying. I have a few questions about what you have said. Firstly, is there a particular reason juice is to be avoided (I've just stocked up on it and haven't been drinking anything fizzy now for three weeks) and what else can I have if not juice, besides water? Sounds silly but I really don't like water very much and I find it hard to enjoy a meal if I have to stick purely to water (as I always like something to drink with my food). Secondly, does the first plan (which I shall look at now, thank you and then the second one) help with weight loss, but at a slower rate? I really want something I can stick to, if I'm honest and as I dislike wholewheat pasta and brown rice, I'd find it hard to eat them all the time. Also, why only two pieces of fruits? I find fruits, especially bananas in large quantities provide me with lots of energy which surely is a good thing? One last question,...I have been reading recipes and have found that soy milk is included in some of them, and have been reading that some people are still including it in their diets...is it okay to use if I cut all the other vegan substitutes out, as I find I really enjoy a bowl of oats with soy milk, strawberries and agave as a cereal? Thank you so much for your help and advice and I have just read your story, and find it very motivating. It's good to know that other people have achieved their goals
Regarding fruit, it is limited to three pieces/day on the regular program. Keep in mind that Dr. McDougall advocates a starch based diet--getting most of your fuel from starches. If you get most of your calories from fruits and fructose, you are not on a starch based diet! Also, fruits can increase triglycerides. It is easy to eat too many of them as you seem to know!
Juices are refined products, providing concentrated calories without all of the fiber and satiation you will get from whole fruits. You may find that with foods that are largely composed of water--especially soups--that you will not feel like drinking much with meals. Take some time to study and digest the details of the program.
You probably have access to many veggies and starches. Find some that you like and stick with them.
Yes, the MWL helps one to reduce weight faster.If you are serious about weight loss/management, avoiding all of the refined foods will help and this, for me, is reason enough to avoid some of the items you mentioned.
If you choose to eat the refined foods, you may also find it is difficult to control such eating and to get good control of your weight.Minor changes will not produce major benefits!