Ok, I don't want to hit the panic button just yet, but I'm looking to help my wife out. She has jumped on the paleo wagon I've been on for the past several months and is beyond frustrated. I've had good results with mind and body, so I know it can work well.
Her goals are weight loss and general health improvements. She has been a big fan of diet soda and typical grain-based comfort foods. She's also a somewhat picky eater, whereas I'm the anti-picky eater.
She's about ten days in on a strict 21 Day Challenge (I know, I know... too short to tell) but hasn't lost any weight. She's totally frustrated because she expected some basic results relatively quickly. I keep telling her to ignore the scale and pay attention to how her body FEELS, how satiated she is between meals, and other subtle factors. But, she's a stress magnet and is becoming a slave to the scale.
She typically eats three meals per day with a couple small snacks. Mornings are usually a two/three egg meat/cheese omelet or a smoothie that I make (eg: 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 3/4 banana, 1 scoop protein powder, tbs almond butter, 5-6 almonds, ~2-3 oz coconut milk, 3-4 oz full fat Greek yogurt, ice, water). Lunch is varied, but she's struggling because she's picky. Dinners are varied with meat, veggies, and good fats (coc. oil, butter, ghee, olive oil). I do about 1/2 of the cooking overall, so I'm pretty sure the meals are on target. She has dumped the diet soda for the most part and is drinking a lot of water and tea. She has been reducing her fruit and nuts in recent days because she is afraid they were hurting. She currently feels very restricted (no soda, no grains/legumes, minimal fruit/nuts, etc).
Her activity level has been relatively low but slowly ramping up the past couple months. She's been recovering from some ankle and back issues but has been doing some low to moderate intensity exercises (~20 minutes/day 4-6 days/week). She used to be a frequent walker before the injuries, but hasn't been doing that much lately.
I know she should stress less and relax more, move more, and keep at it.
What I'm looking for are ways to reassure and calm her so she can embrace the process of repairing herself. Also, looking for things to try or tweak to lose that first few pounds... create that carrot dangling in front of her.
Thanks so much,