yes, despite all the advice online in the paleo community against counting, i am doing it. why? because my relationship with food and my ability to notice when i'm hungry was so outta whack that eating only when hungry was kinda impossible. i feel like i need to continue to count calories for a period of time long enough to get back into a normalcy of eating. so that i can better assess when i'm hungry versus just craving foods for the happy brain chemicals they are going to release. and so that i can notice even the slight hunger feeling that will creep up unnoticed and give me a headachey feeling before i realize it. i don't know any other way.
i am not only counting calories, but also eating low-carb, paleo + dairy. i am such a picky eater and unwilling to very frequently buy & cook meat, that it is inevitable that i must consume dairy to get enough fat & vitamins & minerals. well, that or eat eggs at two meals a day, but i don't see that happening. and dairy and me, we just get along so well. i also eat sugar only that naturally occurs in fruits (i eat an apple a day, and usually about 5 prunes ---those are my candies), and carbs are limited to nuts, sweet potatoes, (there are some in milk via lactose), hummus, and occasionally white potatoes. and in this context i count my calories. i'm 5'6", ~158, and when i started all this i was 185, and i was doing daily 3-mile steep hill walking for exercise, and sticking to a net daily 1200 calories (so, roughly 1300 food intake). now i'm doing crossfit 3X/wk, walking same walk 2X on days i don't crossfit, and since i don't have too much more fat to lose, and my basal metabolic rate has definitely increased due to being more physically active on a daily basis as well as the types of exercise i am doing, i figured that i need more like 1500 net calories now, so on crossfit days, i eat more like 1800 calories, and on walk days, more like 1600. i never feel hungry, i never feel weak or fatigued or anything like that, and i feel energetic and pleased with my progress.
so, even against the cautions that say not to count, i am doing alright. not stressing out too much if i occasionally go over. and i even cheat periodically and eat a godiva truffle. but i always, always, even on cheat days, add those calories to the log. then i am still always accountable and don't accidentally do any mindless eating.
thought i'd tell you that i'm counting, as well as a little about my thought process and how i'm going about it. hope yours is working out for you. btw, i quit eating added sugar and all grains because they made me have intestinal problems, depression, acne, and lethargy. if they didn't do that, i'm sure i'd have no problem eating them. the difference was night and day, though, so i can't go back. but i am not super crazy about how many calories from carbs/protein/fat, i just make sure i get more food items into my body each day that are heavier in the fat/protein category. that seems to work for me.
ok, ending this before it becomes a novel! :D