Day 7
Total weight loss: 1.7 kg/3.75 pounds
Thoughts on body: I started off feeling disgusted by myself, I didn't even want to look in the mirror. It's a little bit better, but I still don't like the way I look. I've noticed some change on my tummy, but that's about it.
Description of the week: Whew, so it's been one long week! I was super busy most of the time and had so much to do, but I still managed to cook most of the meals we had and I think I did a pretty good job for a beginner! We did go out to eat yesterday (Sunday), but I think I chose wisely and ate accordingly for the rest of the day. I didn't lose any weight since yesterday, though. Regarding working out, I failed completely - went for a long walk and had a small panic attack so I had to walk to my local grocery store huffing and puffing like a crazy person. Otherwise, it's actually been pretty fun! I've loved cooking and I have to say, pretty much everything I made was just so, so good! My favourite would have to be ... oh God, do I really have to pick?! Everything was so good!

I thought I would share some changes I made with my food lately just for inspiration. To clarify, I am not doing anything like a gluten-free or paleo diet, I just don't have enough knowledge about that kind of stuff, so I'm trying to make small changes and hoping for the best. Mostly I've been really trying to avoid processed foods and cook most of my stuff myself – I work from home, so there's pletny of time. Here are some things I've been trying lately.

Coffee
If you are like me, you cannot stay awake without having some coffee. I like my coffee semi sweet and with a splash of milk (though I sometimes go for black as well). I really couldn't skip my coffee, so I am using skim milk (which I used before) and Stevia instead of sugar. I get my Stevia in our local drugstore (drogerie Markt), it's pretty inexpensive and I use about one quarter of a teaspoon, because it's so sweet!

Sandwiches & bread


Sometimes you gotta fix up something quickly, and I do love sandwiches. I love using whole wheat bread and ciabattas, and I really want to learn how to make my own bread as well. Another great option is pita bread. I would say just steer clear of white bread and even black, as apparently they use coloring in it! I will keep you updated on making my own bread. Regarding sandwiches, my favourite toppings are lettuce, tomatoes, baked sliced chicken breast and avocado. Another great combination is prosciutto and rocket. Instead of using mayo or cream cheese, I love drizzling a bit of balsamic vinegar over my sandwiches.

Drinking
 I am a big fan of fizzy carbonated drinks and any juice. But I was basically drinking my calories, so I cut out all carbonated drinks as well as sweetened juices (it's hard). I love unsweetened lemonade, or if you really can't stand the acid, try adding a bit of agave or maple syrup. I also love freshly squeezed orange juice. If you do buy it (and make sure it's pure juice), limit yourself to a glass a day. You really shouldn't drink just juice. I like using a water bottle to make sure I drink enough water, green tea is also a great option, and I will start making my own iced tea as it gets warmer as well. But to tell you the truth, I've really been slacking on drinking and have probably only had a couple of glasses of liquid per day ... Something I need to work on! Regarding alcoholic drinks – to be completely honest, I detest the taste of alcohol! I do like some bubbly or a flavoured beer, but if I drink those, I have one every few weeks, so I don't think it's a problem.

Pasta & rice


Guys, I love pasta. Like, love. I could eat it every day! So instead of eating regular, I decided to switch over to whole wheat. It's actually pretty good and has a lot of taste to it! Regarding sauces, I  just use tomato sauce and some vegetables thrown in. Add some seasoning (I like oregano and basil) and you're set. You can even add a sprinkle of Parmesan, because hello, cheese. Another great sauce is tomato and mushrooms – super simple and really delicious. These are pretty basic, so I will try to come up with some new recipes as well. Pasta is really high in calories, so make smaller portions and eat slowly – it's actually pretty filling! I've also switched over to brown rice which I realized I prefer, it's really good.

Sweets


I don't have a major sweet tooth, but I do get cravings from time to time. One of my favourite recipes are these Raw Cocoa Nut & Date Bites, which I adapted from one of my favourite blogs, Skinnytaste. I used to make a lot of raw desserts, but they have lots of nuts, which are high in calories – these are healthy fats, but when I make a cake, I eat it too. So 6 slices of a cake made with about half a kilogram of nuts? Not the best choice if you're limiting your calories. If you have more self control than yours truly, go for it.

Meat & fish


I'm not a big meat eater, even though I actually love eating it, it's quite expensive to eat meat everyday. I mostly make chicken and turkey – stir fry is great, and I also love baked chicken in coconut milk. Another great option is rolling chicken meat in flour (whole wheat, possibly), then in egg whites, and baking on a teaspoon of  olive oil. We had this the other day and it was so good! Regarding fish, I really don't eat a lot, because they kinda sorta repulse me. I'm okay with fillets and very okay with sushi, but having a whole fish on my plate is really not appetizing to me. I like rosefish, though it has a lot of bones. I also love tuna steak, which is super expensive, so I almost never have it. For sushi, I love anything basically!

Snacks


I am totally guilty of snacking like cray cray, and I used to have two bowls of (buttered) popcorn every time I watched a movie – I kid you not. I prefer fresh fruit, you can make guacamole, or healthy cookies. I also absolutely adore smoothies! Be careful with your ingredients if you're keeping track of calories – use skim milk instead of yogurt, or if you want a bit of flavour I love soy milk with vanilla (Hofer has a great inexpensive one). I just add frozen fruit – I sometimes freeze it myself, but if you buy it, make sure it's unsweetened. I also love Greek yogurt topped with walnuts and agave – yum. You can also top it with fresh fruit, or frozen – just heat it up in a saucepan.

So those are some really simple changes you can make to your diet, even if you do not want to use serious weight, you can eat a bit healthier! :) Again, I am no expert, but this is just what has been working for me. Let me know what kind of recipes you would like to see - would you also be interested in 1200 calories meal plans? I know this scares a lot of you, but I actually have 5 meals per day almost every day (except if I'm not hungry) and it's really not bad at all.