I am so happy to have found Dee and this site! Two years ago I lost 60 pounds in approx. 9 months by eliminating refined sugar from my diet. I never made it to the next step of white flour. The VERY day I hit my goal of 145 pounds, I pronounced myself "cured" and could now eat sugar, in small amounts mind you, and now I could handle it! I sit here now, 2 years later, 60 pounds heavier!!! It is all back and I feel awful. There are bulges I have never seen before. I am sooooo tired, I just know I have a terrible disease (which of course I don't), my IBS and body are screaming at me. The reaction from white flour and white sugar are so blatant I don't even have to GUESS at the problem. But, still, I decided to throw my book away that started it all, about food addiction, because there is NO way I could live the rest of my life without sugar. No more birthday cake? No more ice cream? No more cookies? Unfathomable. I decided if I could just try a little harder, eat healthier, watch my content, I could do it. My body finally won! As crazy as this sounds to me, I knew the only thing I could do was take out the refined sugars and white flour. Who else lives like this, I thought. No one I know. So many of my friends tried to do this when they saw me lose all that weight, but none of them could. I thought I was all alone. NOW, NOW, TODAY, I found this website. I can't explain the hope I feel. I wish I could cancel work for a week and just learn, learn, learn. I have been on the message board for over two hours. I have printed so many things out, as I have to make a grocery store run this afternoon. Some things I was familiar with, but many not! The weight loss will be great, but even without it, I just want to FEEL better! I hope you all don't get sick of me. I so look forward to learning more and talking with people who know what I am talking about and with people who also know the purpose and value of this kind of lifestyle. I am so excited!!! In addition, just in the last 4 days I have lost 4.7 pounds, so that is another push! This is not an easy way of life, but with Dee's help and the rest of the people on this site, I think it WILL get easier and easier! Thanks so much Dee for all of this!