Things went better this time.
On my end; I've found that by following (albeit somewhat loosely) her guidelines, I've lost 3 pounds in just over 2 weeks. I'm not going hungry, but I'm eating about 1/3 to 1/2 what I was before; I was just overeating rather terribly before. If I get nothing else from this, I now have an idea of how much I should be eating.
Apparently the bit about forbidding rice and pasta was because she figured I wouldn't be able to measure out a healthy portion of pasta; I've been given an idea of what "one serving" of pasta should be.
We also went over calculating the %age of calories from fat for store bought stuff.
On the down side, she doesn't think I should eat sushi.
Not because it's fatty or anything, but because raw fish "may contain bacteria or toxins". Riiiight. I will still eat sushi.