Just wanted to say I have loved reading your blog. Have been eating mostly Paleo/Primal for the last few weeks and already seeing and feeling changes, mind and energy seems brighter which is something everyone seems to say happens. You are looking wonderful and should be very proud of your achievements. Coming from eating 5-6 times a day (3 meals, 2 snacks) I must admit am struggling a little - thinking and uswed to eating more often?? Fritatta in am, nuts and green tea for snack one, salad/veges and meat for lunch, protein shake (no-no) and meat/veges for dinner....also am loving fresh berries and cream for dessert....What are you up to in the way of gym at the moment?? Anyway just wanted to say hi and I have enjoyed watching your transformation...got a cruise in Dec 2011 - so thats motivation for me!! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by :) Aren't the energy levels awesome and the mental clarity! I remember it took me a little while before I felt ok going from eating 5-6 times a day to eating 2-3. There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to weight loss as at the end of the day if you are consuming too many calories you won't lose weight, however the advantage of eating less meals I found is it allows your body to feel the true hunger we are supposed to get. When you are constantly eating there's never a moment when your body can dip into it's fat stores and start burning fat for fuel.
Of course this only works successfully if you are low enough on your carbohydrates otherwise you will still be riding the insulin roller coaster which will make it difficult to go for 5 or 6 hours between a meal. Your food choices sound great. The one thing I found is that you need to be careful with protein shakes, too much protein, over and above what your body actually needs can be converted into glucose if necessary through a process called gluconeogenesis, therefore you won't be able to go long periods without food. I found this when I first started I was having way too much protein and I was hungry all the time, as soon as I dropped the excess protein and increased the fat I was no longer hungry and feeling like I had to eat. This might not necessarily be the case with you but a possible reason as to why you are feeling better eating more often, give it some time and you can always play around with it to see where you fall on the scale of more or less meals.
As for exercise to be honest I haven't been exercising like I know I should, I've never been great at sticking to exercise and considering it's winter here at the moment it never inspires me to work out. I'm definately better at sticking to eating well than consistent exercise. I've been doing one Yoga or Pilates workout a week which just isn't enough so I'm planning on stepping that up.
I hope that anwers your questions and helps you to stay the course. It is so worth it, I know how hard it can be. Nothing like having a cruise for some serious motivation, lucky girl :)