I have an eating disorder (ED-NOS: bulimia, anorexia, binge/purge, orthorexia). I went Paleo 9 months ago, thinking that eating whole foods (plenty of fat, meat and low-carb veggies) and intermittent fasting would restore my hunger/satiety signals and heal me from my disordered eating patterns. I stopped counting calories and weighing myself. When I started Paleo, I was at a healthy weight (BMI 21)
A few days ago, I found out that I had gained about 20lbs during the last 9 months, making me overweight at BMI=25.7. This indicates that even though I was eating whole foods with intermittent fasting, I have been overeating. I think my eating-related signals are not normal. I don't know what real hunger feels like due to my anorexic tendencies; I don't know what satiety means due to my bulimic tendencies.
On Paleohacks, I was advised to stop intermittent fasting, so I started eating breakfast since last Monday. But when I start eating, I don't know when I should stop eating. I try to eat when hungry and stop eating when full, but I really don't know what that means. I am trying to maintain a healthy weight with long-term lifestyle changes. The 20lbs weight gain has made me overweight....(BMI 25.7). I need to lose about 10-15 lbs to optimize health and maintain that new weight. I want to be healthy and have a healthy relationship with food/eating for the rest of my life. I am NOT trying to lose weight rapidly. I just want to learn the skills so I can eat normally.
Please help me. Paleo has helped me learn about WHAT to eat.But due to my past ED history, I have to learn HOW to eat. How can I know when to stop eating and when I should eat?