I am a ten year vegetarian, mostly vegan. I've found it difficult to walk away from sugar and convience foods, like veggie burgers, and also nightshade veggies. The sugar tho -- whew! Talk about a withdraw. I can barely stand being in my own company when I am going up and down on the sugar rollercoaster!
Also -- I've seen some posts on here about macrobiotics and weight. I would imagine that a balanced macro diet would affect weight in a positive way for sure! As a long time vegetarian, I can tell you I have never had a weight problem. Sure, when I eat junk and loads of hi-calorie sweets, I gain weight. But i've never been biggger than a size six in my whole life!
So -- anyone for umeboshi, daikon or burdock? Help -- I wanna learn how to eat these guys!