Now, off the soapbox, I want to give you a few resources for your weekly reading. First, if you haven't gone to The Foodie for help with recipes, you're missing out. There are a ton of great recipes to try...you just have to know what you like.
Here's another link I'd like you to read regarding soybean oil (it's everywhere) and High Fructose Corn Syrup (oh, it's everywhere too.) Cutting these two things out of your diet is a must.
An article on the Whole30 and paleo:
A google chart showing the increased interest in paleo:
A Science Bite from Robb Wolf:
I listened to his podcast featuring John Kiefer from Dangerously Hardcore http://www.dangerouslyhardcore.com/category/nutrition/
and was fascinated with his take on partitioning most of your carbs in the evening. Haven't we always been told to eat the bulk of our carbs early in the day? More conventional wisdom gone awry. I ended up purchasing his book Carb Nite and am finally getting a chance to sit down and read it. I think it was written in about 2002. On the podcast, he said he has changed some of his recommendations (as far as eating better, higher quality carbs as opposed to just junk carbs) since then but the theory is still the same. I am playing around with this on myself to see if I notice any difference. Essentially, I am eating about the same amount of carbs as I would have otherwise, but just saving them for the evening. A sample day FOR ME might look like:
2 eggs, 2 cups spinach, 2 pieces of bacon for breakfast
mixed green salad with olive oil and red wine vinegarette and a piece of salmon for lunch
snack - rolled up ham with 1 T. homemade mayo
Dinner - baked or roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed greens, grilled flank steak, mushrooms and peppers, frozen banana and a few plantain chips.
All carbs are paleo and I will eat more or less depending on my activity that day. So far, my hunger has been pretty contained all day. The protein and fat in my first two meals keep me satiated and the low carb approach during the day allows me to access stored fat easier since insulin secretion is drastically reduced. Sugar highs and lows are diminished. If I get hungry, I grab a protein/fat snack. A hard boiled egg is a perfect example of that. So I am accomplishing a few things at once...I'm becoming more insulin sensitive and more fat adapted as I rely on fat instead of carbs for energy.
I'm really just playing around with all of this for now, but find the science behind it intriguing. We are all little experiments (N=1) of one so tinker with things to see what works for you.
Check out those links, especially the Dangerously Hardcore link. He has some great articles on his blog. I hope I'm not overwhelming you with information, but you gotta learn about this stuff. Can't rely on the the conventional widsom because they are consistently wrong!
Also, here are a couple of links for some great free ebooks. The Flinch is a great one about changing behaviors. F*** calories is a funny, irreverant view of food with a lot of good quotes.
This should keep yall busy for a few days! Strap your seatbelts on for Week 2. Remember why you're doing this. It takes effort to learn and make change, but it is worth it. You are worth it.