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It sounds like you would benefit from a more moderate carb diet as opposed to very low carb diet like Atkins or Protein Power. These are great diets and some people can do quite well on them but others need and want more carbs. Although Low Carb For Dummies is a good plan and we do have a team here, there are not many people on it. Most of the people who were on it years ago went on to other diets that have more support. Some moderate carb diets I like are the South Beach diet, Paleo diet. Primal diet. There are other moderate carb diets like Sugar Busters, The Zone, etc . They tend to allow more veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds while leaning less toward processed junk food.
For instance, after completing phase one, South Beach allows you a 100 calorie a day sweet treat, like an ounce of semisweet chocolate. And after phase one fruits are allowed to be reintroduced. To me fruits are where you need to be getting your sweet fix from. South Beach also allows air-popped/plain/transfat free/or canola popped popcorn. You can also make your own nachos out of low carb tortillas and grated cheese.
So what you want can be done within reason with some adjustments.
Sparkpeople is not fond of low carb diets and has hinted in some articles that they consider them fad diets. They are not but some dietitians still believe that low fat diets prevent heart disease and are still pushing the low fat regimen. Low fat does work for some people but the truth is that heart disease is driven by elevated triglycerides and they come from carbs. Recently the American Dietetic Association has changed it's stance on low carb diets but opinions are slow to change. I'm a former coronary nurse who was trained in low fat but have since realized it is not a panacea. In my opinion the truth is that nearly everyone will need a diet adjusted for their physical needs and medical conditions.
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