I don't eat any grains. No wheat,barley, oats, rice, corn, etc. I do occasionally eat potatoes, but not very often as they feel heavy. I eat mostly meats, veg, fruits, and nuts,eggs. I have very little appetite, usually don't have cravings. I read labels carefully and avoid additives, and eat very little soy. Wheat is hidden in many,many foods you will see it listed, or modified food starch,etc. so we eat very simply.
There is a man here in Tennessee that has a YouTube channel. He has a video called "butter makes your pants fall off" you might get a kick out of it, he has a very similar accent to me, although a little more "country" . He has one called something like the lying,cheating, no good dream crushing scale, LOL. Where he takes about measuring your success with a tape measure not the scales. I thought you and Candy might enjoy it.
As for the ticks, I expect we will have them with us until it gets cold. For now we are just taking precautions and checking ourselves and the dog after every trip out, they are very tiny( about the size of a sesame seed) not a lot of fun!!!
Wishing you a grand week and great interview! Love, Phyl