Background: I've been eating fairly strict Paleo/Primal (no grains, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, lots of meat, fat, and some veg) for about a month now. No cheating, no nuts, no fruit, no chocolate, no caffeine. Dairy is butter and ghee only. I occasionally get a little soy in conventional mayo (planning to make my own soon, but don't have a blender yet). I don't like numbers, because they stress me out, but I know I've lost weight (10-15 lbs?) because my jeans fit differently. But because of my dislike of counting, I also don't have a good sense of calories/proportions in my diet, so I can't give you good nutrition stats.
Also: Zero activity, extremely sedentary. That's not going to change in the next month or two, for reasons I can't get into. Sleep is not good, chronic insomnia with graphic nightmares. Just started 10,000 IU D3 this week. No other supplements yet, but thinking of adding Natural Calm. No medical conditions I'm aware of (good BP, thyroid ok, no diagnosed celiac or anything else except being a fatty who eats her feelings).
Here's the concern: I'm barely ever hungry now. I eat once a day, fairly late, protein and veg cooked in good fat (sometimes just fried eggs and bacon, but also salmon and lamb and chicken and beef, so I get a good assortment of protein). I'm not deliberately fasting. I'm just... not hungry. One large plate of food about does it for me.
Now, I have a lot of weight to lose, so I'm not about to drop dead of starvation. But I'm concerned that inadvertent calorie restriction could further mess up my already messed up appetite signals (I've been overeating for so long I'm not even sure I know what hungry feels like, honestly).
My gut (haha) tells me to just listen to my own signals, and eat when I want. But my gut in the past has told me to eat a package of double-stuf oreos in one sitting, so... I don't know if I'm trustworthy. Should I be trying to eat more/more often? Maybe a small snack early in the day to get things going? I'm still stuck on the idea that a metabolism needs to be "revved up" to lose weight.
I did see this question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/10665/eating-only-when-hungry but my specific concern is about being a newbie who can't quite trust her signals.
Thanks for all your help, hackers.