So I think I'm starting to figure out where I'm going wrong with my weight loss plateau. I cut out dairy except for ghee which didn't help, but I did realize the dairy was giving me indigestion so it's out.
It think I'm still having satiety issues. CaveRat's post recently What is a ‘full belly’, really?... made me think of it. I'm breast feeding but I have over 70 pounds to lose and I'd really like to see the scale going down again. The last time I lost weight was on weight watchers and I used a lot of techniques to fluff up my meals like adding egg whites or making gigantic salads. I gained all the weight back and then some because I was not low carbing and ate all sorts of low fat processed crap.
Anyway, I've been eating paleo for over 3 months now and WAPF for about 6 months (I think.) So you'd think I'd have gotten over this volume vs nutrient density issue by now. Anyway, my problem is I still find myself overeating, and while I'm not gaining, I'm certainly not losing.
Most days I eat 2 pastured eggs cooked in ghee or coconut oil and 2 pieces of bacon or a handful of kale sauteed with garlic and coconut oil. These seems to hold me for a good 5 hour chunk. Then for lunch I'll eat some protein like 1/2 lb ground GF beef/lamb, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a slice of liverwurst, and some leafy green usually cooked in 1-2 tblsp of ghee, a little fermented veggies like kimchi or sauerkraut or I'll have a fat splurge when I'm in a hurry which is a smoothie made with coconut milk, kale, frozen acai berry pulp, and sometimes some liver if I'm feeling "adventurous"(or suicidal... your interpretation is welcome hahaha.) Then for dinner we usually have steak, roast chicken, pastured pork, etc and some asparagus spears roasted in bacon fat or ghee, more fermented veggies or a salad with a homemade mayo or olive oil based dressing. Sometimes I'll have a glass of red wine, but that's usually only once a week. I also have about half of a sweet potato once or twice a week when/if I'm feeling the need for one.
I take 5-6000iu D3, 1000 magnesium, Prenatal multi, Carlson Cod Liver oil, 100 mk-7 K2,
I'm doing Yoga for about 30 minutes 4 times a week, and I walk with the baby in my baby carrier (like a backpack filled with baby hehe) for about 30-60 minutes a day.
I've been tracking for about 7 days now on fitday and my calories are ranging from about 1800-2200. With my ratios hovering around 70% fat, 20-25% protein and 4-10% carbs. Before anyone gets on me about the carbs issue, I don't eat fruit or more starches because it makes me feel instantly tired and run down when I eat them, unless I'm really craving a sweet potato which only happens once or twice a week. I experimented with eating more carbs while I was on vacation a few weeks ago and starches led to fruit and fruit led to tastes of processed junk and that led to servings of processed junk and then I cut myself off because I was horrified at how fast I went downhill.
I'll probably add my Big Ass salads back in to the mix, but I don't want to to overdo protein with the eggwhites. Any suggestions for lower calorie ways of adding some bulk to my meals? I tend to feel more full when my belly is full. I know it's all in my head but I'm a voracious nursing mother and that appetite can go to some shady places fast. I don't tolerate nuts at all, they give me indigestion, I've recently figured out that dairy is also a no, no even though I fought that one for a long time. Just an FYI for the uninitiated exclusive breastfeeding burns about 300-700 calories a day and I'm nursing a 20 pound 5 month old (biggun.)
UPDATE: I started intermittent fasting. Nothing crazy, just 16/8 for 3 days in a row and suddenly my pants fit better this morning. Didn't cut any calories or change ratios. I guess that's what I needed. Thanks People!!