So I met the out of town family for breakfast with a couple of my grown children. I ordered two egg whites scrambled with spinach, no oil, no cheese, and a cup of coffee. I took my HCG before the meal and ate a regular dinner, nothing between breakfast and dinner. I drank my normal 3 liters of water, too. I am happy to report that I didn't skip a beat and lost my normal 1/2 pound. Of course, I will continue to weigh daily, and journal my weight and meals.
This did not change my fear of eating in restaurants while actively on HCG, but it did enforce the fact that I can choose to eat a healthy meal - I really do control what goes in my mouth. I will continue to work on my fear of eating things that I did not personally prepare.
I have had many friends go on the HCG diet, lose up to 30 pounds, and gain it back and then some due to the fact that they went right back to their old eating habits. I've also had friends go on the HCG diet, lose up to 30 pounds, maintain the weight loss and sometimes even lose more weight by strictly controlling their diet and eating only healthy foods. I intend to be in the latter group.