Week One is almost over and I’m pretty happy with how it has been going.  I’ve stayed strictly on-plan and with only a few mistakes early in the week it’s gone off without a hitch.  Next week I’m going to show you guys how I created an environment that made it almost impossible for me to fail but today I thought I would share some great information on how you can learn to eat better and improve your overall health.

Junk Food Anonymous (12 Steps To a Healthier Diet) – Click Here

Leo Baubata of Zen Habits has become a master of breaking bad habits and creating new ones.  In this article he lays out a 12 step program to get you eating healthier and making better decisions.  It’s not the only way to go, but if you’ve been having trouble changing your diet then starting with these small changes might help you overcome the resistance and finally make a lasting change.

Your Primal Crash Course – Click HerePart 2Part 3

Matt Maderio of Three New Leaves has put together a fantastic guide to the Paleolithic Lifestyle and it’s slightly modified version The Primal Lifestyle.  In these three articles he talks about the lifestyle, why it works, what he eats and gives you a slew of links at the end to help you find all the information you could need.  I highly recommend  you give this a quick read and check out a little more of Matt’s site to read his full story.

Say Hello To Summer Tomato – Click Here!

I tried to find a single article to pull of this site for you but I couldn’t decide on just one.  Darya Pino is a scientist and writes the health blog Summer Tomato.  She write about everything from how to pick the best produce from your local farmers market, to cooking delicious meals yourself, and tons in between.  She’s even got her own free e-book designed to get you eating healthy in no time.  I keep this site bookmarked and find new information on it all the time.

So What Have I Been Eating?

I lucked out picking the food I’ve been eating this week.  Not only is it delicious but it’s easy to make and keeps well in the fridge so I can cook once and enjoy the food for the rest of the week.  Here’s a few of the meals I’ve been eating and links back to their recipes in case you’d like to try them yourself.

-Breakfast: Poached Eggs With Kale/Spinach

-Breakfast:Best Eggs In The Universe

Growing up I always heard that eggs would raise your cholesterol so I stayed away from them.  But new research has shown those assumptions to be incorrect and so I’ve been content eating them again.  Both the recipes are fantastic though I’ve started shying away from the poached eggs because I can’t stand the vinegar.  Even the slightest hint of it makes me cringe.  If you can stand it they are fantastic and really easy to make.  Instead I usually stick with the fried eggs and bacon or an omelette if I have the supplies on hand.  It’s extremely high protein, tastes awesome and cooks up in just a few minutes.

-Lunch/Dinner: Chicken Vinadloo

-Lunch/Dinner: Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry (Available In The Free e-CookBook)

-Lunch/Dinner: Thai Stir Fry Of Chicken & Basil

All three of these meals are really easy to cook and have been what I’ve been eating all week (occasionally i’ll cook up some chicken quickly too).  Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of the Thai Stir Fry or the Beef and Broccoli but if you click the links you can see image of them there.  Either was these meals keep me full and satisfied enough that I generally don’t need to snack.

-Snack: Roasted Curried Cauliflower

If I do decide to snack these are great.  They take a little longer than the other food to cook but they taste just like french fries and hit the spot when I’m craving something that doesn’t taste healthy.

I’ve also been eating tons of salad, and veggies as fresh as I’ve been able to get them.  I’ve been shying away from fruit as the sugars in them might curb some weight loss but I love fruits and will eventually add them back into the diet in moderation.

Lessons From A Week Of Healthy Eating

Early on in the week I started getting really tired and having severe headaches.  My blood sugar was dropping really low because I wasn’t eating enough.  These food are much lower in calories then the meals I was used to eating so I started bringing a little extra and that solved the problem.

This turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.  Since the foods taste so good I don’t really feel like I’m sacrificing anything by eating healthy.  Plus the fact that I’m cooking on my own and eating healthy has given the motivation to continue.

I do have cravings and miss some of my favorite foods, but Sunday is my cheat day (1 per week) and I’m looking forward to eating all the stuff I’ve been missing out on.

I haven’t had the chance to weigh myself and I think I might wait to do that until the end of the month because the results might derail my momentum.  But my body does feel a little better, and my skin looks a little healthier to me, even my teeth which is kind of a strange experience. =)

I’ve been enjoying cooking for one.  I make enough to last me the week and since the meals are so quick I don’t feel like I’m spending hours in the kitchen.  Since I’m also only feeding my self I get to be a little more experimental than if I was cooking for others (like the chicken Vindaloo).

That’s it for week one.  I’m going to enjoy my weekend and I’ll see you guys next week.

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