Hey Joey - I'm so amazed at you - it seems like you are really taking your life in your hands and getting yourself on a track that realizes all of your own possibilities!
I agree with Bubble - one of the biggest problems that people fall into is food-phobia where they begin to get too stressed over right/wrong foods. Tracking is best, and healthy calories are best.
In saying so, here are some great sources that you may be able to find at your local library. I really like "The Health Kitchen" cookbook by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley who go over basics of healthy eating and suggest recipes. Also, Rick Bayless's "Mexican Everyday" is a GREAT cookbook with very basic ingredients, yummy meals that are very nutritious.
For this week, I'd start by making sure you have lots of lean, good protein: I do eggs for breakfast - but you can do an eggwhite omelet if you are too afraid of fat. Because you're young, I don't think you should worry that much about egg yolks. Two eggs can really last you a morning - and adding salsa or some sort of veg - (like spinach) is always really helpful. Spark People have rightly pointed out that your body doesn't burn calories differently at different times of day, but because we are usually more active in the morning, I do like the saying, "Eat like a King at breakfast, a Prince at lunch, and a Pauper during the evening" - which is another way of saying - feed your body when it's active, and reduce as you go into rest.
Finally, don't make the mistake of under-eating. Your body needs calories and I made the mistake of going too low in my calories in the past. It will last a few weeks, then your hormonal balance will cue in and you will start to lose sleep, get edgy and then finally binge. It's a horrible cycle on your body - the importance is eating RIGHT.
Also, here's a great site from North Carolina that covers basics on healthy eating. It's part of a class that I've been taking that is geared towards healthy eating:
Eat lean meats, whole grains, and try at first to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and add at least one fruit or veg to each meal and you will see results quickly.
Best of luck, and I really am so pleased you posted - you've got everything ahead of you, and you'll do fine!
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