Hello, I'm new to the Paleo lifestyle, and so far I'm not having much success. After a week attempting to eat healthy I feel like I've gotten nowhere and it's utterly depressing. I love meat and vegetables and know that I can live happily on a paleo diet, I'm just having an extremely difficult time giving up my major vice- sugar. Even after a good day of egg whites, green salad and grilled chicken, I'll ruin everything with a 1000+ calorie sugar binge.
I'd love nothing more than to cut out sugar for good. I'm 23, female, and currently about 40 lbs overweight...in the last year alone I've gained 15 lbs from frequent binges on sweets. I don't eat fruit, dairy, bread or pasta, but I can't resist candy, chocolate or baked goods. My eating habits are making me miserable but I feel I'm powerless to sugar! I feel disgusting and I know it's ruining my body. How can I move past this? Did anyone else have problems excising sugar from their life and how did you overcome it?
Thanks for your support, K
ETA: Wow thanks so much everyone for the quick responses! It's all so helpful and making me excited to really give Paleo an honest go.
Regarding my fat intake, I suppose those were poor examples of a "daily" diet. I do eat grilled chicken and salad, but I'm not afraid of fat- red meat, bacon, butter, coconut milk and nuts all have a place in my diet. However I do agree that I have been a bit saddled by the previous low fat dieting trend. My parents raised my siblings and I on a rather low fat diet (assuming it was most healthy, based on "experts" advice at the time), so I have an inclination towards low fat foods. SOme high fat foods, such as egg yolks and avocados I avoid simply because I dislike the taste, but I also feel like I instinctively choose lower fat foods because for so long I've been told that's the "right" thing to eat. Yet, I'm fat. SO obviously it's time for a change.
I'm going to try giving up sugar cold turkey, and replace any snacks with paleo-friendly options. I'm also going to work on upping my daily fat intake and measuring how I feel. Again, thank you for all of your insight and hopefully I'll have good results to report back.