Thanks a Blue and Waterbug! I am happy to report I am now down to 201 pounds from a starting weight of 222. That is on top of a girls weekend in Chicago. I took protein shakes, nuts and oranges for breakfast, the one meal I could control. It was satisfying. I drank coffee at breakfast while my friends ate. No problem with food envy. I ate mainly salads and lunch at dinner with protein bars in between. We even ate at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner one night and for a treat I had a big bowl of strawberries with 2 tablespoons of whipped cream for dessert! I had minimal to no food envy the entire time, and do not feel isolated by this way of eating.
Yes Waterbug, this diet is good for vegetarians too. (I understand the Midwestern food thing!). It may be a bit harder to eat out, but protein bars could help in that regard. I don't buy all the 20/20 lifestyles bars/shakes. It can be less expensive to buy similar ones at a local store.
I am going to try hemp powder as a protein rather than the whey I normally use. I haven't tried egg or soy protein, I suppose that is a good vegetarian choice too.
You can download all the diet info you need for free for the first stages of the diet from the 20/20 Lifestyles app or better yet, website. Watch the amazing videos.
Good luck Blue at being a Ninja! You need to do this for yourself. We with bipolar are prone to metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease.