As to my "quitting" numerous whole categories of foods, that may sound too strict and unsustainable for you to consider adopting. But it's not about will-power or even commitment. It's about understanding the truth. It's actually quite easy for me to avoid what I avoid because ... I KNOW IT'S NOT FOOD, and now that I know that, I can't un-know it.
You don't eat wood, wax, or feathers because it's not food, and similarly I don't eat "enriched" flour, ice cream, or bacon because it's not food. So it's not even tempting. It's as simple as that. Plus, now that I've experienced the abundant benefits of living on only REAL FOOD, actually suitable for human biology, I have no desire to go back to the degenerating pattern I successfully escaped from; the hook in that bait is just too conspicuous to ignore. This fitting way of living just gets easier and more natural the longer I do it.
When people hear about my situation, they often ask what I "can" or "can't" eat. As if I'm under doctor's orders or something. I'm not, I crafted my diet guidelines myself, refining them continuously over time as I learn and experience. Or as if I'm deprived of some things. But I "can" eat anything I want. The question is, what food do I want, based on what outcome do I want? Since I have a preferred outcome of optimal health and healing, I willingly choose what promotes that, and easily avoid what doesn't. Some people, seeing the benefit of this lifestyle, or hearing me encourage it, lament what they would have to "give up" if they were to adopt a healthier diet, things they love (cheese is always top of the list; not surprising since it's chemically addictive on multiple levels). But I haven't "given up" or lamented anything, I've just lost interest in the things that I know are harmful, because the harm is very motivating to NOT GET. Cheese just doesn't interest me anymore.
So I eat whatever yummy REAL FOOD I want, as much as I want. I never count calories or protein or anything. I never go hungry, deprived, or unsatisfied. And I stay trim and healthy without even trying.
My diet is not limiting, it's liberating.
Your unhealthiness or weight problem is not because of your genetics, personality, history, bad luck, lack of will-power, lack of exercise, or lack of conscientiousness about health or diet. It's because you don't know that the "foods" you are eating are not suitable human food. Swap in REAL FOODS for the non-foods, and your health, weight, and overall well-being will dramatically improve by itself.
Recommended diet guidelines:
Lisle (weight loss is not about carbs/calories, but fat)
The list of NATURAL therapeutic factors I've incorporated into my successful therapy is very, very long. Of those, the number of them recommended by my doctors was: NONE. And while I use a few drugs for necessary relief of symptoms, the list of medical or pharmaceutical therapeutic factors I have used is: NONE (there aren't any for my disease, and as for medical therapies for other types of cancer, they are typically a false hope). In other words, if I had trusted or followed my doctors' advice (ALL SEVEN of my doctors unanimously had nothing curative), I'd be WORSE off today, and on a trajectory locked on target DEATH, rather than the reality that I'm BETTER off today, and on the road of HEALING. I hate to toot my own horn, but (1) I've earned it, and (2) I do it for YOU: YOU CAN THINK FOR YOURSELF AND DO BETTER THAN ANY EXPERT, if the expert happens to be wrong. And very often they are. More often than you think. Especially on the subject of health, but on a lot of other things as well. If you don't get the answers you need, KEEP SEARCHING; they may well be out there, buried under an avalanche of BIAS and CONVENTIONALITY that you have to DILIGENTLY, OBJECTIVELY, and COURAGEOUSLY dismantle. Solomon put it this way: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). Jesus put it this way: "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14). This is applicable both spiritually and in every other way; it's no coincidence that many biblical/spiritual lessons apply across the spectrum of all aspects of life. Scrutiny of conventionality saved my life twice; first spiritually, then physically. Maybe it will save your two lives too.