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What I have done to get myself started is to form a food plan. I have a hypothyroid problem which I control through maintaining a healthy diet by eating paleo. When I allow myself to eat non-paleo food I gain weight like crazy. I've scheduled myself to have a paleo food plan that is super simple. This might be what you need, it might not be, but I'm going to go over what I'm eating.
In the mornings, I tend to have a protein fruit and veggie smoothie. I use broccoli, frozen mixed fruit, a banana, protein powder, chia seeds, Green Vibrance powder, and almond milk. It's quick, easy, and filling. I also tend to have this most mornings. If I have something else, it's probably a paleo granola puck (which I make myself - look under recipes) or eggs and veggies.
For lunch, most days, I tend to have 3 oz chicken and broccoli. I allow myself to have whatever sauce on my chicken, as long as it's soy-free. This allows for variety. On the days where I don't have chicken, I have paleo chili or stew.
For dinner, most days I have salad with fruit, seeds, meat, etc. I also allow myself to have a little bit of dressing - unless I go with my preferred option of apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Other dinner options are fish and broccoli or some other random paleo meal - like spaghetti squash lasagna which might last a few nights.
I really don't eat a ton of calories. MyFitnessPal is always telling me to eat more so I can reach at least 1000 calories. While this may sound like it's not a problem, it certainly is one. If your body goes into "survival mode" due to a lack of calories, then everything can start turning into fat. I have some dietary questions about this like "If I eat until I feel full, as in the menu below, but am not reaching 1100 calories every day, do I need to eat more?" I'm being healthy, I'm eating until I'm full, and frankly, sometimes I forget to feed myself. Actually, I've started eating dinner between 4-5pm...yes, like a little old lady. I don't like to eat after 8pm and I feel gross/ill/heavy stomach if I do eat that late.
I also take some vitamins in the morning and I also try to drink at least a half gallon of water everyday. In order to do this, I am using a half gallon jug that once held orange juice. I just add two ice cubes and fill with water, sometimes I add in some Mio. A half gallon of water will give you your recommended daily 8 glasses of water. This is definitely NOT all I drink. I'm big on coffee and tea (always black for both). Staying hydrated is essential for weight-loss and keeping a youthful appearance.
I get cravings for stuff. This morning all I wanted was a crueller or a dozen cruellers. I didn't go to a store to get one. My natural response to cravings is to have something to drink. When I was a teen, I used to give into my cravings, then I realized that I really wasn't hungry - usually I get cravings when I'm bored.
I do eat the occasional dessert. I really like Coconut Bliss ice cream. I think it's superior to So Delicious coconut milk ice cream, BUT So Delicious makes a great cashew milk ice cream (try the cappuccino flavor!). I don't have this often. If I have anything as a dessert, it's usually a piece of fruit like an apple or pear. Pan-fried apple slices are excellent and taste like apple pie! Sometimes I make paleo cookies and have one or two of them with some tea.
When I do anything else, I tend to get muscle build up under whatever fat I have on my body, but that fat never seems to go away. It's a major pain in the ass. I've decided that I can always pick up weightlifting or something once I reach my target body size.
My reward for running is being able to tan at the gym and sit on my ass later in the day to write, without hating myself for being lazy. I do this five days a week. I don't think I could get myself to run any more than that. Shoot, I've cried for having to run a mile outside instead of on the elliptical at the gym. God, I hate running.
Again, if you are on MyFitnessPal (website and app), then find me HERE and add me as a friend! Also, let me know if you want to share recipes and stuff. Maybe a facebook group? I don't know. Leave me a comment!
I love to hear opinions and questions!