Welcome Zone4me. This is a great place to come. And the Zone is a great lifestyle. I've dropped 26 pounds since last Christmas and kept it off with the Zone. I do journal my food, but that is more to track physical symptoms (it doesn't hurt that I see the calories tho! ;-)
I totally understand the foolish belief in the government. I am a vegetarian who fell into that trap, too. Who knew? Dr. Sears, at least! I still have friends who tell me, well, they mean whole wheat - like 12 ounces of whole wheat pasta is THAT much better than the white stuff. But I don't even want it any more. I've still got 3 Tupperware containers in my pantry that I haven't eaten in the last year. I think I've had less than 2 cups of it in the last year - and that was mostly eating out. Potatoes, the same. And I feel a gazillion times better than I ever have. I've now got two of my three sisters starting in the Zone.
Stick with it. It's well worth it.
Happy New Year,