As I continue to modify my diet to better reflect ancestral eating patterns, I'm beginning to contemplate shifting away from calorie counting and macronutrient juggling. For the past two years I have both lost a substantial amount of weight and maintained that loss by precisely calculating energy values (even using a food scale for pinpoint precision). However, I feel that in doing so I've forgotten how to eat - I need tracking software to tell me when to start and when to stop, how much of x I should have, and if I've splurged on y. If the software told me to eat 1000 calories of pure fat, I'd do it and white-knuckle it for the rest of the day if my "macros had been hit." Similarly, if I was "given permission" by the almighty numbers to eat 6000 calories, I'd do so without hesitation and ignore all satiation signals (or lack thereof) just to hit proper values.
This is strongly at odds with a primal, intuitive style of eating; by keeping my consumption so uniform, it's highly likely that I'm often either depriving my body of what it truly wants or giving it food when it doesn't really need it (though the latter never seems to be the case, given that I always want more).
Aside from stimulating discussion on the seemingly conflicting ideas of paleo and calorie counting, my question is this:
Despite eating "paleo" (whatever that might entail for you), do you still utilize modern nutrient tracking techniques? And for those who successfully steered themselves away from these techniques after relying heavily upon them in the past, what made the transition more manageable?