That's a lot of good information you're sharing KS - very good of you. I hope plenty who come to Curezone will read your threads and appreciate your sharing.
I am not overweight or diabetic .. or suffering from anything, but I do advocate the raw/living foods diet for health. For me, it works hand in hand with emotional health - it makes everything very clear.
My little suggestion is - do not be motivated by fear - be motivated for love of yourself. I think that's where the healing really takes place, when you spend time to honour your beautiful self and realise how much you deserve to live happily in a good feeling body. Healing is really about self nurturing - giving ourselves the best so we can eventually serve others.
As to stevia ... haha, yes, it's horrid stuff! However, I did have some "wisdom" brand stevia which didn't have much aftertaste. You can buy it from iherb.com: http://www.iherb.com/Wisdom-Naturals-Stevia - I bought the liquid stuff in vanilla creme and English toffee. It's not perfect, but not bad either - and you only need 3 drops in a cup of herbal tea to add sweetness.
Another sweetener that is fantastic is Lakanto: http://www.bodyecologydiet.com/no-calorie-lakanto-sweetener.php which any diabetic can take and is absolutely great stuff. It's recommended on the Body Ecology diet which is for Candida. But you can buy it way cheaper in the form of Lo Han: http://www.iherb.com/Lo-Han and this stuff tastes just like sugar (for REAL!) and happens to be a fruit sugar. Do some research on these, and i think you'll find them helpful.
Good luck with your juice fast! Although I do prefer to call it a juice feast -) Feasting is a time to celebrate YOU! So the word feast does conjure up some wonderful aspirations.
I'm just finishing a 10 day juice feast myself, it's been fantastic and I think I could easily go on and on ... but I don't have any weight to lose, so I won't continue, as I need some fats and seeds and stuff to balance me out.
By the way, I also like the BarleyMax that Dave was using for juice fasting - it's yummy!
I know you're going to get there - stay focused on how wonderful you already are.