I am brand new to this as well - day 11 for me - and started out at 195 pounds. I'm 5'4 and at my heaviest was 220 pounds (struggled and lost 28 pounds on Weight Watchers). My advice before starting: read success stories, reviews of the book on Amazon, and reviews of books of similar 'diets' (for brevity's sake) on Amazon (like Paleo), and when you have a question (i.e., what's wrong with beans?), search for it on the site. There is an extreme likelihood that Mark has addressed it somewhere on the site and the search function works quite well. This was what clinched it for me - lots of people saying they experienced similar results when eating this general way, and having all of my questions answered in a way that made sense and seemed sound to me.
It's very intimidating to make a dramatic shift away from the foods to which you've clung for comfort for however long (speaking from experience!). I have historically been the queen of crappy eating. But so far, I am finding it by and large very easy, and luckily my cravings have been minimal, although I've always been a protein-driven girl anyway. But one thing that I've found markedly different from, say, Weight Watchers, is that I no longer have to worry about what will happen when I'm hungry - I just eat something. That was always a huge stressor for me and when I was at the greatest risk for failing, and you don't have to worry about that as long as you're paying attention to when you're actually hungry (and, when you're eating and no longer hungry, that's when you stop, regardless of what's left on your plate). I'm finding it quite difficult to overeat, actually, which has NEVER been a problem for me before. I dove in 100%, no grains, legumes, dairy, or sugars (excluding fruit), and it has honestly not been that bad for me.
Incidentally, I, too, struggle/d with depression. I have been on antidepressants for two years now, and have been going to therapy for about 9 months. Antidepressants seem like kind of a touchy subject around here, I am learning, but here's my take: if your depression is debilitating, the side effects you may have from using antidepressants temporarily may be far preferable to the potential side effects of not having it treated. Don't get me wrong - maybe you don't need antidepressants (although, IMO, you should definitely talk to someone about possible courses of treatment) at all. Or maybe you've tried them before, or therapy, or w/e, I don't know. But if you haven't, and are reticent, bear in mind that they need not be a permanent thing and might possibly provide some immediate, much needed relief. I was at my lowest when I finally sought treatment, sleeping 11-12 hours a day and still tired all the time, isolating myself, absolutely miserable, even some passive suicidal thoughts. I was a mess. Antidepressants allowed me to become functional to the point that I could seek further, more in depth treatment. And if you can't seek treatment right now (because of your ability to function) and aren't getting better, not going on antidepressants because you're worried about the side effects will only ensure that you continue to not seek treatment. That said, it's my understanding that many people have experienced an alleviation of depression and other mental health issues by going primal, but I have no experience in that so don't feel I'm in a position to comment on it. Oh, also, you say you have no energy and are tired all the time - if you are the depressed type to sleep a lot, my personal experience is that an antidepressant like fluoxetine (prozac) has a sedative effect (and killed my sex drive!) that didn't help much with energy, but I'm now on bupropion (Wellbutrin), and that has been great for me. If you have insomnia or other trouble sleeping, a drug like fluoxetine might work better for problems like that than it did for me.
Depression is very hard, please feel free to message me if you ever want to talk.
Highest weight: 220
Starting weight: 195
Current weight: 179
Goal weight: 127