My advice would be to truly do a Leptin Reset. Eat a huge breakfast of lots of protein and fat (coconut oil, sat. fat from meat, etc.), then eat a small lunch (you may not find you're even hungry for it), then eat a Primal dinner (meat, lots of veggies, and fat from coconut oil, ghee, etc.). Period. Zero snacks. And finish dinner by 7 pm. Period!
Cut out the nuts, the chocolate, the handfuls of this, handfuls of that. If you want to eat fruit, eat it as part of your meal: i.e. 1/2 cup of blueberries, at the very end of your meal. You have to give all your organs time to digest and then relax between feedings.
As for the sleep, well I really feel for you. Can you & your wife take turns? Tonight's my night to wake up with them; tomorrow's yours? At least getting a full night's sleep every other night? Or some other arrangement?
I spent most of last year doing LC and/or VLC dieting with zero results (I weighed around 162 and needed to lose weight). When I started the LR, it was like a light bulb for me, because there were RULES I had to follow. The no-snacking thing was huge for me and really has helped. Oh, there's a bowl of nuts here...but I can't, as it's a snack. Oh, that looks good....oops, it would be a snack. No.
Last edited by PrimalPam; 02-05-2012 at 06:32 AM.
Truly Paleo since 1/1/2012 (Doing Leptin reset)
Turned 50 on 3/8/2012 !!!
11/27/2011: 162.8 lbs.
7/15/12 : 148.6 lbs.
Clean Paleo diet: Lots of CO, Meat, Seafood, and doing CT 5x/week, 40 mins @ 50-52 degrees F