I am still all new to this but I think I am getting the hang of it...I think. I am female, 26, 5ft 10in, 11 stone (154lbs) and would like to reduce body fat and get more toned. I have been eating paleo properly for a week now but have eliminated all common, starchy carbs (ie bread, rice, pasta etc incl potatoes and starchy tubers but not other veg). I think I am either still in carb-flu as I am very tired and have brain fog but I also realise that I am not sleeping well at the minute due to work stress. A couple of questions:
1) Can you have carb-flu if you didn't eat many carbs beforehand anyway? The only thing I really ate was cereal and on occasion, rice. Although I did consume lots of legumes and at the minute am in elimination stage so have eradicated dairy and nightshades too which I ate ALOT of.
2) I have found myself not being hungry and in the past couple of days eating one meal a day usually a few, rather thick, slices of pork loin I roasted on Sunday alongside either a spinach and kale salad with cucumber, avocado, olives, seeds and olive oil or broccoli, mushrooms and cauliflower cooked in the fat that I saved from when I roasted the meat. It's very filling, I would have that around 1-3pm and I usually can't manage to eat anything at all after that. However, because I am new and becuase I fear the lethargy is due to lack of calories (?), I still have the idea that I should eat more so on some occasions, before I go to bed, will eat some more meat or some carrots or veg or just something paleo. Whenever I eat meat I make sure it has fat on it or with it be it olive oil or coconut oil. I also take Centrum Advanced and O-3 fish oil everyday.
Is eating one meal a day ok?! Today was the largest so far: 2 very thick slices to finish the joint off, brocolli, mushrooms, cauliflower, olives stuffed with anchovies, kale and spinach all fried in the drained meat fat. After I was craving some more fat but I had none so I fried two eggs in the drained fat (couldn't have eaten it on its own). Felt better.
3) This is a bit of a continuation of 2) but I seem to have developed craving for coconut cream. I use Blue Dragon coconut milk from a can but I leave it outside overnight to the cream separates, I drain the water off (I assume that holds the added rubbish?) and then have the beautiful coconut cream. I tub it and use it for coffee. Now though I just ate half of a can and I won't lie, it was awesome and I want more. Should I give in?! I worry less about losing weight than about being one with my body (Grok) so should I relent and eat more as my body is asking me too or should I refrain because it's my mind?
I know I say I worry less about weight loss but I still want to be healthy which sure goes hand in hand with weight loss?
Sorry about this essay and life story guys!