Hi! This is a general 'troubleshooting' question. I want to be energetic and happy, and I feel like something is holding me back physically.
Some background: I am a 5'10 female, 60 kg, 19 years old, and in 2011 I put my body under a lot of stress with extreme caloric restriction (200-1000 calories with exercise, fasting for days) and a 5 month stint into veganism. Lost my period, dropped to 55 kg. Ate mostly 'whole foods' like rice, beans and veg, but had a problem with binge eating on sugar. I often feel like my body is more sensitive and very rattled because of this. I believe I had an eating disorder. Have always had depression, and unsurpringly it got super bad last year. Still occurs but not so often and is not so crippling. I still have feelings of low self-worth and maybe a skewed perception of my own body.
So basically, totally textbook stuff. My questions are related to my extremely low energy levels. Have I just hurt myself from that crazy dieting, and it will take a while to recover? I haven't tried low carb paleo for the 4 week 'adjustment' period people talk about. I'm not sure if it will work and it's not worth the gamble right now, I think. I also just don't care about fat loss anymore- just want to feel strong and happy. I plan on stocking up the freezer with fatty grass fed lamb next week, making bone broths, eating offal regularly and making some water kefir. I think all these things will help.
Here's what I ate yesterday:
4 eggs, 4 tbsp pastured butter
2 grass fed lamb chops, 1 cup chinese cabbage/broccoli
1 cup sweet potato, 1 large tin salmon
1 cup white potato, 2 tbsp coconut oil
2 kiwi fruit
1 cup blueberries
Adding up to 2500 calories. 60% fat, 18% protein, 23% carbs. I have been really hungry for more food and I tend to go for fruit. Hard to say if sugar makes me tired, I think it would be better to eat more fat and protein in general however. I eat salmon twice a week, take fish oil, avoid excess omega 6, don't eat anything in a packet with more than 1 ingredient...
I'm wondering if I could just eat more, until I am stuffed? I only really walk or ride my bike for an hour a day, and I don't kill myself over it because my energy is so precious. It seems to be important though, otherwise I just don't have the appetite to eat what I do. I get out in the sun every day and try to sleep 9 hours a night.
Thanks a billion in advance to anyone who takes the time to read and share their thoughts about this. This is a great community and I really hope I can make paleo work for me.