It's so damn hard for me to figure out what to eat!

  • Aidenz

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    Feb 23, 2015 4:46 PM GMT
    I'm working out to try to get bigger and have lean muscle, but often I don't really know what to eat or buy. I'm a college student living in the apartments nearby. Sometimes it's unattractive to get up in the morning and cook myself something healthy when I could easily get something from the vending machine on my way to class.

    I look online and most of the time when I look at diets to bulk up they just tell me about macro not micro nutrients or very specific grocery lists.

    It can be frustrating sometimes and I think I make poor choices when I over think it.

    Is this a common issue? Some guys I feel don't really worry about it and can go about their day generally with a meal plan in their head and do bigger and better things.
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    Feb 23, 2015 5:20 PM GMT
    Aidenz said... it's unattractive to get up in the morning and cook myself something healthy when I could easily get something from the vending machine on my way to class...

    -if you cook something do it on the week end and make it for several servings.
    -almost anything is better than eating out of a vending machine. stock up on frozen things. got to be a few healthy grocers in your area
    -a few diet smart phone apps with the ability to read bar codes were discussed here. Take it along shopping.
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    Feb 23, 2015 5:52 PM GMT
    pellaz said
    Aidenz said... it's unattractive to get up in the morning and cook myself something healthy when I could easily get something from the vending machine on my way to class...

    -if you cook something do it on the week end and make it for several servings.
    -almost anything is better than eating out of a vending machine. stock up on frozen things. got to be a few healthy grocers in your area
    -a few diet smart phone apps with the ability to read bar codes were discussed here. Take it along shopping.


    I agree.
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    Feb 23, 2015 5:58 PM GMT
    Aidenz saidSometimes it's unattractive to get up in the morning and cook myself something healthy when I could easily get something from the vending machine on my way to class.

    Ditch the vending machine food.
    Steel-cut oatmeal can be stored up to about 5 days in a sealed container. Don't have time in the morning? (Maybe not, as it takes about 30-35 minutes to cook properly.) Make it the night before. Make five portions, enclose them, and eat them every day for breakfast. I add raisins and butter to mine; blueberries or really any sort of berries are good too. Oatmeal does need something sweet like fruit, and I don't like to add sugar to anything.
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    Feb 23, 2015 9:34 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare said
    Aidenz saidSometimes it's unattractive to get up in the morning and cook myself something healthy when I could easily get something from the vending machine on my way to class.

    Ditch the vending machine food.
    Steel-cut oatmeal can be stored up to about 5 days in a sealed container. Don't have time in the morning? (Maybe not, as it takes about 30-35 minutes to cook properly.) Make it the night before. Make five portions, enclose them, and eat them every day for breakfast. I add raisins and butter to mine; blueberries or really any sort of berries are good too. Oatmeal does need something sweet like fruit, and I don't like to add sugar to anything.


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    I have wondered for a long time what ThatSwimmerguy would taste like.
  • Webster666

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    Feb 23, 2015 11:24 PM GMT
    Stay a way from vending machines.
    The best thing is to prepare your food, yourself.
    Prepare meat, potato, and vegetable for dinner, then take the leftovers for lunch, the next day. Vary this according to what you like.
    I hate breakfast when I'm still half asleep.
    Take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a banana to work/school, and have your breakfast there.
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    Feb 24, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
    Sharkspeare said
    Aidenz saidSometimes it's unattractive to get up in the morning and cook myself something healthy when I could easily get something from the vending machine on my way to class.

    Ditch the vending machine food.
    Steel-cut oatmeal can be stored up to about 5 days in a sealed container. Don't have time in the morning? (Maybe not, as it takes about 30-35 minutes to cook properly.) Make it the night before. Make five portions, enclose them, and eat them every day for breakfast. I add raisins and butter to mine; blueberries or really any sort of berries are good too. Oatmeal does need something sweet like fruit, and I don't like to add sugar to anything.

    That's exactly what I do and Sharkspeare's an adonis. I'd listen to him.

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    Feb 24, 2015 1:20 AM GMT
    Sharkspeare said
    Aidenz saidSometimes it's unattractive to get up in the morning and cook myself something healthy when I could easily get something from the vending machine on my way to class.

    Ditch the vending machine food.
    Steel-cut oatmeal can be stored up to about 5 days in a sealed container. Don't have time in the morning? (Maybe not, as it takes about 30-35 minutes to cook properly.) Make it the night before. Make five portions, enclose them, and eat them every day for breakfast. I add raisins and butter to mine; blueberries or really any sort of berries are good too. Oatmeal does need something sweet like fruit, and I don't like to add sugar to anything.


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  • jo2hotbod

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    Feb 24, 2015 2:30 AM GMT
    The results you will see will be due to consistency. Plan ahead, get your breakfast stuff ready the night before and like "pellaz" said make a bunch of meals during the weekend or one night a week for the remainder of the week. It's a lot of work and planning but trust me when you see the results you'll love it
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    Feb 24, 2015 6:11 PM GMT
    NOTHING good EVER came out of a vending machine. EVER.

    Quick cooking rolled oats are about as easy as they come. Nutritionally virtually the same as steel cut (Irish) oats. The grains are stemed and flattened making them easier and faster to cook. Just don't buy those little flavored packets that have more sugar and garbage than whole grain.

    Just boil water and dump it on top. Add protein powder, a sliced banana (potassium), whatever fresh fruit you like ( I go for blueberries, blackberries and strawberries) - whatever you like and/or can most easily afford. Look for what's on sale and plan accordingly. Add a little skim milk and your done.

    Also pan sear thinly sliced boneless chicken breast in extra virgin olive oil and whatever seasoning you like. Do a bunch at a time and refrigerate. Easy high protein snacks and lunches or dinners when added to salads. They also work with scrambled egg whites - kind of a hassle to separate eggs but really not a big deal especially when compared to the amount of protein relative to cost. I usually keep one yolk for every 6 whites. EVERYone will have a different opinion on that. Add some fresh spinach, sun dried tomato, red pepper flakes and a tablespoon of cottage cheese while cooking and it's really very good. You'll get the technique really easily after a few tries.

    Canned salmon and Tuna are really good protein sources and cheap as hell.

    Fat free plain yogurt with protein powder and fresh fruit is a staple.

    Mash a couple of large very ripe bananas with about a cup of all natural sugar free chunky peanut butter and a couple scoops of chocolate protein powder. Roll small portions into a ball ( about the size of a small meatball) and toss them into the freezer. Nutritious snack that are always there and an easy way to get protein levels up.

    Be creative with clean ingredients and you will be surprised with what you can come up with

    Good luck!!!
  • MikeW

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    Feb 24, 2015 9:01 PM GMT
    Cash saidNOTHING good EVER came out of a vending machine. EVER.

    Truth ^^^ but I'd take it further and include 95% of grocery items that come out of a jar, bottle, can, box or wrapper.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 24, 2015 9:18 PM GMT
    Try just a whey protein powder shake with water or a little milk in the morning. Takes 30 seconds, is good at killing your hunger, and feeds your muscles. You can add lots of things but if nothing else, do this. And then stay away from sugars and processed foods. That will get you started on the right path. Lots of good advice^^^ if you can get organized.
  • Aidenz

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    Feb 25, 2015 12:44 AM GMT
    MikeW said
    Cash saidNOTHING good EVER came out of a vending machine. EVER.

    Truth ^^^ but I'd take it further and include 95% of grocery items that come out of a jar, bottle, can, box or wrapper.



    That's all very true. Just to be clear, the vending machine bit was a bit exaggerated and usually that's when I'm truly desperate, like 3 am during finals week. Usually what happens is I'll end up getting something skimpy like a drink and a protein bar and maybe an apple somewhere. This is all pretty good advice though. For leftover stuff like people are suggesting I would need to invest in containers and downtime for the weekend.
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    Feb 25, 2015 12:44 AM GMT
    Aidenz saidIt's so damn hard for me to figure out what to eat!
    Order pizza! icon_biggrin.gif