You fall within the normal range. Nothing wrong with your progress. Hang in there.
1. Most people don't eat this because you can end up eating way too many almonds, among other things. Avoid mass quantities of nuts.
3. I think so. I know some are processed with lye.
4. Egg noodles are made from wheat. If you want to eat pasta and you are allowing yourself rice, you can eat rice noodles.