Loving this site, this is my first post.
I've been Paleo for exactly a month, I've read Robb Wolf and Loren Cordain as well as Sisson's book and I've been a bit confused regarding fats (Cordain favoring lean meats, Sisson favoring high fats). Basically I've cut all grains, dairy and sugar and have not cheated once. I really don't feel comfortable eating lots of animal fat (that's a hard habit to break, accepting that animal fat won't kill me), plus I just don't like it at all, it's even hard for me to eat all this meat, I'm more of a fish lover. I have been eating avocados and olive oil, flax oil and coconut oil every day, in salads and for cooking.
I've been eating tons of vegetables (a lot of kale, broccoli, cauliflower, no tubers), bison, organic chicken and wild salmon and sardines, coconut oil and olive oil/lemon in salads, some nuts (walnuts mostly and not many) and some fruit (though not much carby or high sugar fruit), and I've been exercising with a trainer (doing intense stuff, not quite Crossfit but pretty intense for me, kettle bell, weights, jump rope) plus a bit of running, climbing stairs, walking squats, some yoga, essentially way more intense that I have done in the past.
Also taking fish oil, vit.D and a multi vitamin.
In the first 2 weeks I lost a few pounds (water I assume) and I felt really good, more energy, more positive (I suffer from depression and anxiety so this was an exciting change), bloating lessened and just an overall feeling that this was great! My biggest issue has been unfortunate stool (TMI), not formed and much less (which is the exact opposite of what my vegetarian/fish/whole grain life used to produce) and that is kind of freaking me out, feels unhealthy!
But, now, at one month later, I feel flabby, bloated, exhausted, grumpy and depressed because I feel like I look terrible and I have very little energy. It's like everything suddenly changed and I don't know why. I could barely run up the stairs today, I felt like I was 99 (I'm 37). The only thing that is different is that my cycle is supposed to start soon and maybe it's PMS but seems too extreme for that.
I know there will be many opinions and I'm sure this has already come up before (if so, please lead me to the thread!) so sorry if I'm being redundant, I'm just frustrated.
Always had trouble losing weight, I've fluctuated from 138 to my current 147, always thought I ate well (very little processed stuff and little sugar, but I did eat whole grains and dairy). I was also on an antidepressant that definitely got me fat but I've been off of it for 7 months.
Any ideas? Sorry for the long note! Any advice would make me happy! Thanks!!