Hello all! I've been reading this board faithfully now for a week or so. I love it!
A little about me. I am female, age 40, about 5'1" tall, and I weigh 180 lbs. I'm a stay at home mom to four children.
I've been eating paleo for about 1.5 weeks, so I'm still very new this. In that time (except for yesterday, Thanksgiving), I've had no grain products and no sugars (I'm not even a chocoholic, lol). All of my carbs have been from salads and other veggies. I don't drink milk, and I have only had minimal amounts of cheese or dairy. Most days, I don't consume dairy, and on the days that I do, it might be less than a quarter cup of full fat yogurt or cottage cheese. I haven't eaten much fruit, either. If I'm cutting an apple for my kids, I might eat 1/4 of an apple in a day, I had some frozen berries one day. I have been snacking on pecans, but I try not to overdo the nuts. I often put pine nuts in my salad, though.
I have not started to "eat clean". In other words, I am still eating grocery store meat, cheese (all pasteurized dairy), etc. Dh is not big on spending the extra money (I'm going to be working on this...). I may be able to buy a side of grass fed beef in the future, and no one in my family deer hunts, so I've never had much access to venison, but maybe that could change?
So, my thoughts and questions:
*I like this way of eating. Without the carbs, I am so very in control of my hunger. It is awesome. I can be hungry, but it is not a big deal. I don't overeat. I've never felt this way before. I've always been hungry, and felt like I had no self control whatsoever.
*I naturally have fallen into a pattern of eating less often. I just don't need three meals a day, for sure. I can easily eat 2 meals, and sometimes one of those is pretty small. Also, I've still been cooking for my very carb eating family, and it hasn't been hard to resist eating the stuff I've made for them (like pecan sticky buns). I've been telling them they are eating poison, lol, but this is too big of a change for them. Maybe they will gradually come around...
*Sometimes, I think I may not be eating enough calories. Would that be a problem, even if I am eating to fullness? I probably need to add fat, and that would help. I probably get 1,000 to 1600 calories per day (maybe averaging 1200). I try to put a lot of EVOO on my salads, but I'm sure I need more good saturated fats in my diet. I'm going to get some good coconut oil soon.
*My tastes have gotten simpler. Cheese has become too strong of a flavor almost. I have been eating less cheese, rather than more. Keep in mind that my family hates mild cheese, so we only have strong flavored cheeses like extra sharp long aged cheddar, bleu cheese, etc. They hate bland cheese, lol.
*I have been testing my urine for ketones (my son is Type 1 diabetic, and so we always have test strips in the house). I've had large ketones every time I've tested. Even this morning, after eating some cake yesterday, I have large ketones. If I go out of ketosis, does it show up right away in your urine? Or does it happen later? It seems like I should have gone out of ketosis because of yesterday.
*Does being in ketosis ALWAYS equal loss of fat, literally?
*My excersise has been minimal. My paleo eating, crossfit training brother gave me a simple list of things to do, and I've done it a little (push ups, walking lunges, etc.). But really, I have not exercised much.
*And, last, but not least, I can't tell that I've lost weight at all. I know it has only been 1.5 weeks, but I was hoping to see a small drop on the scale, and yet I've fluctuated between 179.5 and 180.5 every day. It is hard not to be impatient! I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing, though.
Aside from being fat, I'm not one who suffered greatly from eating grains, i.e., no celiac, no IBS, no rashes, no seasonal allergies, good blood pressure, and good blood chemistry, and no Type 2 diabetes. But, as I've said before, my biggest problem with carbs is that they make me out of control hungry (and fat, I'm assuming), and so the main benefit has been my new found control in eating. But, I desperately want to lose weight, and that is biggest reason for doing this!
Any thoughts, comments, and answers to questions are welcome!