At war with my metabolism and budget

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    Jan 13, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    So I am right now in battle with my over-active metabolism. I could eat (and sometimes can) fast food without gaining a pound.

    It has been hard for me to maintain any kind of weight beyond 140lbs.

    I am looking to gain muscle weight and tone for the fact that I am 22 with a 17yr old's body (ish). Joints are starting to ache and hurt especaily with me training to be a massage therapist.

    So I need to know on a student's budget ($25-$30 /month for food) what could one buy to help gain a healthy weight and where to go from there?
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:04 PM GMT
    YIKES! 25-30 for an entire months worth of food?
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    a dollar a day? =o
    try getting a job through a "workstudy" program at your college, I don't see any other way of getting more money for food without some sort of job icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
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    Jam3s89 saidSo I am right now in battle with my over-active metabolism. I could eat (and sometimes can) fast food without gaining a pound.

    It has been hard for me to maintain any kind of weight beyond 140lbs.

    I am looking to gain muscle weight and tone for the fact that I am 22 with a 17yr old's body (ish). Joints are starting to ache and hurt especaily with me training to be a massage therapist.

    So I need to know on a student's budget ($25-$30 /month for food) what could one buy to help gain a healthy weight and where to go from there?

    $25-$30/month....you live on a dollar a day's worth of food. And you're wondering if that dollar could be spent better?

    Get a job delivering jugs of water...or in a warehouse....get something that will give you more money (and a workout, if you pick the right job.) You need more money to budget for food before you can decide where to spend it, imo.



    I work two jobs and an externship ontop of school, the money goes to rent - phone - public transit expenses - and the rest is usually what that ends up to be. I don't have enough time in the day for a 3rd job.
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    I am having the total opposite war. I am trying to trim my diet down a bit - lower carbs, higher protein. - Let me just say, protein is freakin' expensive in the grocery store.

    I was going to buy a box of frozen fish filets - $27.95. Shit, - I stocked up on canned tuna and chicken.

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    So, my suggestion for you to bulk up is peanut butter. That's high in protein, but has sugar and calories that usually help people trying to bulk up. And it's usually reasonably priced.
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    onaquest saidI am having the total opposite war. I am trying to trim my diet down a bit - lower carbs, higher protein. - Let me just say, protein is freakin' expensive in the grocery store.

    I was going to buy a box of frozen fish filets - $27.95. Shit, - I stocked up on canned tuna and chicken.

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    So, my suggestion for you to bulk up is peanut butter.


    I tend to favor peanut butter sandwiches with just water ( no jelly)... icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    Colleges are notorious for catered events with tons of leftover food. Familiarize yourself with as many as possible.
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    Does your college have meal halls, or do you have a meal plan?
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    My brother used to have the same problem. He used to add peanut butter to his protein shakes. I think it helped him.
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    If you have a Costco near you, hang out around noon as often as possible.......
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    EXTREME COUPONING!!!!!
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidIf you have a Costco near you, hang out around noon as often as possible.......


    Why? What happens then?



    My college is a small one and we occasionally have pot-lucks but those are far and few between. (I do take what left-overs I can)


    I have attempted foodstamps not too long ago but was told that I make too much money to qualify. (Even though none of it I actually keep)
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    I'm trying not to make this a pity-party by the way, just needed some ideas.
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    Jam3s89 saidI'm trying not to make this a pity-party by the way, just needed some ideas.


    I don't think anyone thinks you're looking for a pity party. It is a pretty difficult situation.
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    Jan 13, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    the couponing idea of the dude above is a good idea if you take it seriously
    the kardashians did it…………lol
  • grnranger99

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    Jan 13, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    At $30 a month for food your priority should be on proper nutrients not bulking. Wait till you are out of college when you have more money and time. Don't sacrifice your health now cuz you will regret it later in life
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    Jan 13, 2012 11:43 PM GMT

    I checked your prof and see you are in the Bay area...look into food banks too. $30 for food in NorCal is insane.....no doubt you will qualify for a bank.

    http://bayareahunger.org/
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    Jan 13, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    Jam3s89 said
    turbobilly saidIf you have a Costco near you, hang out around noon as often as possible.......


    Why? What happens then?



    Lots and lots of free food samples inside the store, and you can loop around the sample stands and take various samples of everything over and over. You can pretty much make a full meal out of it.
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    Jan 14, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
    Practically speaking, consider taking out a little extra in your student loans to cover some food. If you are on that tight of a budget, no doubts you are already very careful with your money. Give yourself an extra $200 for proper food each month. In the long term that much extra on your student loans won't kill you, and after school any kind of a full time job should be able to cover that extra amount borrowed. (Believe me, I am managing a grad student debt load and I'm still keeping my head above water, you can do this.) Your current food budget is way too small and as someone else here said, don't cheat your health.
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    Jan 14, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    $30 a month? Good lord. I give a picture of a starving african kid more than that a month.
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    Jan 14, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    AvadaKedavra said$30 a month? Good lord. I give a picture of a starving african kid more than that a month.


    With so many starving RJers around...charity starts at home!!! icon_mad.gif
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    Jan 14, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
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    AvadaKedavra said$30 a month? Good lord. I give a picture of a starving african kid more than that a month.


    With so many starving RJers around...charity starts at home!!! icon_mad.gif


    Yeah but I expect the african kid to grow up and be a professional athlete to support me in return. RJers will just grow up to be skank hoes... which I guess could be beneficial...
  • camfer

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    Jan 14, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    Second Harvest Food Bank

    http://shfb.org/getfood

    You can cal them 800-984-3663 and they will tell you all kinds of ways to get free groceries, free meals, etc.
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    Jan 14, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    I guess you can eat alot of eggs... i believe for a carton of 18 it will only be a couple of dollars maybe 3 at most. Be creative, go on dates, lunch dates, dinner dates.. I am sure you get asked out...
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    Jan 14, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Shananigans...

    1. No one lives on 90c -$1 of food a day without developing a Victorian era nutrition deficiency

    2. No one chooses to pay a cell phone bill when they only have a $1 to eat

    3. No one in college is damn stupid enough to believe that they can eat and gain weight on that and surprised that they can't gain weight from eating $ 1 (which is what 1 cheese burger) of fast food.