ok, so I have started logging my foods again because I am stalled. I am going with more customized foods too since some of them seem pretty off (heavy cream was totally incorrect). lets say that my % are sitting at 63% fat 19% protien and 17% carb. Should I just move on to tomorrow or down a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil tonight?
Really? You want to eat more calories from fat so that your carb ratio is better? Do you know how wrong that sounds? Seriously! You have still eaten the same amount of carbs! Exactly the same amount. Only difference will be that you have eaten more calories.
What is your goal? Is it to be healthy and lose weight? Is it to eat real foods and be active? Or is it to have the "perfect" carb to fat ratio? Because the last one is irrelevant.
Also, how do you feel today? Are you really sick? Do you have high-carb syndrome? Have you put on 3 pounds? Chronically elevated insulin disorder?
I agree with Eric 100%. Baby steps, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Banish guilt, fear, regret, lower stress. The Paleo Lifestyle is a marathon not a sprint, we all fall down & skin our paleo knees on occasion, if we humans do not make mistake we are not learning. Patience & self experimentation are a consideration.
Keep things simple.
Honestly the pressure and stress of trying to get macronutrient percentages perfect probably outweighs any positive affect of actually getting the macronutrient levels perfect.
Think about the history of the human race, sometimes we ate more, sometimes we ate less. Try and set some specific goals that are easy to remember and keep. This is a great tip I heard the other day: 1 bite of a starchy carb is around 5g of carbs. Now you can use that rather than trying to work out ratios.
I am personally trying to make sure I get enough calories as I am starting a specific training program. So I have spent some time and worked out a few meal options knowing that if I eat these I will get what I need. Sometimes I eat a little less, sometimes a little more. Today I felt hungry and so just stuck a dollop of coconut oil in my coffee.
I try not to think about weighing and measuring, our ancestors never did and unless you are in competitive training it probably does not really matter.
I hope this helps a little.
I think learn from it - each day it will become more intuative. I think it's better that the ratio is made up of less carbs - not more fat to decrease the carb ratio - if that makes sense. Calories do matter too.
However, whatever you do, don't make the mistake of thinking "I've ruined today, I'll start again tomorrow"! keep making the right decisions today!