So I've known about paleo/primal for over a year now. I can't say that I've gone longer than a few weeks fully primal, but I try to incorporate the mindset and paleoesque eating into my everyday lifestyle. I've struggled with ~10 pounds up and down for the past 2 years...which developed into disordered eating (exercise purging and calorie obsession). I went from my all time low at 115 5'5 (terrible eczema, amenorrhea for 2 years, bad hair quality, general depression) to about 150-160 in the span of a year(freshman 40!). I know the weight gain was much needed, but once it started packing on... I started bingeing more and more! Likely due to my body's crying for more calories and unhappiness about gaining weight...what a vicious cycle.
Anyway, I digress. This overeating thing has been with me for about a year, and I always overeat on SAD foods. I'm aware that its usually triggered by boredom and unhappiness (about my weight, ironically). I've gotten better at telling myself "no, I'm not hungry", but it's still a struggle.
I'm considering 1 meal a day approach to eating for a few weeks. I know through experience that I am much less likely to binge in that one meal if I know I should be getting all my nutrients in. That meal will also be a family meal, meaning good company and nice home cooked food. My mornings and evenings will be covered by coffee with cream (store bought...really can't help myself), and some eggs/nuts/fruit if I'm hangry... in moderation.
I'm really looking forward to these weeks in helping me overcome my eating habits by making me more conscious of choices and, at the same time, restricting the type/amount of food I can have. It's kind of hard to eat over 1000 calories in a sitting of leafy greens, meat, and some fruit. Not saying that 1000 calories is enough for living, but I want to explain that eating 1500 calories of crap is EASY PEASY, whereas 1000 of healthy noms is pretty dang hard.
This is not meant to be a complete lifestyle change, rather a method of getting back to normality and possibly restoring my body to the healthy, happy 140 pounds and 6 pack I've never fully appreciated.
I just wanted to get some suggestions and opinions on this approach. Any tips for getting started, staying on track? Is this even a decent approach?!
PS Don't worry about caloric intake, couple o' eggs, salad greens, avocado, broccoli, tuna, and a piece of fruit should be good for the day. Don't forget the cream!
** i do yoga a couple times of week, walk several hours a week (daily at least 1 hour), do 10-40 min of bodyweight/up to 50 pd weights 5x a week ... moderate to high intensity)...just in case you need that information :)