I'm new to Paleo and have been following it 80% for the last two months (planning to go 100% soon). My goals are kind of complicated though. I had an eating disorder for 11 years, and earlier this year I finally reached a place where I could eat normally. Post-recovery, my diet was very "clean" by normal SAD standards. I did eat some grains and legumes but never processed food, sugar, gluten, etc. I also didn't eat a lot of meat, but I ate fish, eggs, and organic yogurt, so not a vegetarian. Anyway, practically overnight, I gained a ton of weight, and I guarantee you I was not pigging out, as I was carefully following a strict meal plan. My calorie intake was maintenance level, yet I still experienced rapid gains. I can't weigh myself because of my emotional reactions to the number on the scale (lame, I know) but I'm guessing I gained at least 50 pounds from an already weight-restored place*.
It has been 9 horrible months, and I went from being miserable with an eating disorder, to being a miserable exhausted fat person. I also have a lot of hypothyroid symptoms, like acne, hair loss, debilitating fatigue, etc, and recent blood work confirms that there is something wrong with my thyroid. I suspect that my eating disorder triggered this, possibly from chronically elevated cortisol and resulting adrenal fatigue.
Obviously I really want to lose the extra weight (and I'm working with my doctor to get to the bottom of the thyroid issues), but in terms of weight loss I can't really diet or exercise like a normal person because I tend to get obsessive and take things to an extreme. But...I'm also unsure if a more laid back approach will work. Has anyone been in a similar situation and had success with restoring health and losing weight? Is it possible to do this without obsessing over every gram of carb or every calorie, or becoming a hardcore daily crossfit junkie obsessed with being "lean", or intermittent fasting? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
*Edit: For those unfamiliar with eating disorders, "weight restored" means that I was back to a normal healthy weight.