I am very new to Paleo ... I started 12 days ago. I decided to just jump right in, and eliminated all grains, legumes, and processed food right away. I do use a bit of grass fed butter and cheese, and some honey.
Before eating this way, I think my diet was quite honestly about 90% carbs and processed food. I told myself it was at least healthy processed food, all bought from Trader Joes, but that obviously wasn't true. I ate fruit, but very few vegetables and hardly any meat.
I've had changes right away. I have WAY more energy, my weight drops by the day, and my mood is much more stable (I am bipolar w/ lots of anxiety). This week I started walking a hilly mile a day during my lunch break (I'm a 1st grade special education teacher).
So here's my question ... I am hardly eating at all during the day. I've NEVER liked breakfast (the thought of food that early makes my stomach turn) and always had a hard time finding lunches that worked. Since changing my eating, I've nibbled at salads or had some berries, but for the past three days eating just doesn't seem appealing. So I don't. I go all day on maybe a little fruit, and then get home and right away scramble three or four eggs with vegetables and fresh salsa. Then a few hours later I have a Paleo dinner.
So ... is this bad? Should I be trying to eat more during the day? Not stuffing myself with eggs every afternoon? I've been more tired lately, but I've also not been getting enough sleep. I was feeling pretty down and tired and took from some reading that I should increase my fat, so now I cook everything in coconut oil and that seems to help. I've changed my eating for more reasons than weight loss, but that is important to me and I don't want to compromise it. I also want to do this "right", if you know what I mean :)
Thanks for any advice!
asked bysqueezel (20)
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on June 08, 2012
at 08:06 PM
Sounds perfect. I wouldn't worry about it, as long as you are getting sufficient calories. We should learn to eat on instinct, not on society or common wisdom's suggestions.
Congrats on the changes.
on June 08, 2012
at 10:11 PM
Ditta @ Joshua. The only thing I'll add is if you are feeling a drop in energy (or any other uncomfortable effect), make a change. Your body will give you signals if it is in need. Just track the changes you make in your diet, and see if that helps alleviate any negatives your body is feeling.