I don't count calories since I switched to paleo, but I'm always going over in my head the things I've ate that day and asking myself things like, did I get enough vegetables, did I eat too much protein, did I take in too much fructose from fruits, how much sodium did I get(because I salt my foods with Himalayan sea salt), I even go over everything I ate and determine my omega6/3 ratio to make sure it's in line, I also haven't eaten anything starchy in months and I could keep going on about things that I stress about in my healthy paleo diet. I basically need some reasons to tell myself why all of this is truly unnecessary, because I have a hard time convincing myself it is because its so easy to have a few more nuts than you should and have a skewered omega6/3 ratio or to have a little more meat than necessary and end up having almost 2g of protein per pound of my body weight. I just feel everything needs to be perfect about my diet and I need some help
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on July 24, 2013
at 09:38 PM
Give your body a little more credit, after all, it's the most advanced machine here on Earth. It's important to pay attention to what you eat, but there's not need to go overboard. As long as your conscience of what you ingest (which it seems you are), I'm sure you are doing alright.
With that said, it seems like you may not be getting the results you would like to see based your concerns.
Are you exercising regularly? If not, maybe you should. If you are, maybe you should think about a periodized program so you see improvements. Equally important as eating paleo and exercise is ingesting the right paleo foods at the right time. Are you focusing on that?
on July 25, 2013
at 10:10 PM
Sounds like you've got the orthorexic monkey on your back. Now is the time to shake it off before it turns into an eating disorder. If you can't do it on your own, do not hesitate about asking your parents to help you get in touch with an eating disorder counselor.
Yes, it is time for 80/20, 100% is turning you into a crazy person. Repeat after me, "I am a strong and robust omnivore. That means I can survive, and thrive on a wide variety and quality of foods."
I think one of the best things you could do for yourself right now, to help start shifting your mindset is to read this book, Fear of Food: A History of Why We Worry About What We Eat. I just started reading it this week, and it is fantastic at putting things in perspective.
Google books has a good excerpt of it here. http://books.google.com/books?id=CxKQ2Ak6_p4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=fear+of+food&hl=en&sa=X&ei=85_xUfvMBuaYiAKN8IG4Dg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=fear%20of%20food&f=false
An exercise that I want you to start doing at your next meal, instead of analyzing it for nutrient content is to focus on first and foremost gratitude for having enough to eat, then the pleasure of the meal, the pleasure of your company eating the meal. At the same time I want you to be keenly aware of your inner monologue, worries, etc. Every time a voice pops up in there wanting to be critical or worried about what you are about to eat, try to watch the thought move by like you are watching a river flow by in front of you. Pull that anxious feeling out of your chest and observe it without judgement, rather than letting the tightness well up inside of you. If you feel that itch to run and plug your numbers into fitday or cronometer, go do something else not food related that will occupy your mind.