the right diet for a crazy inconsistent schedule

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    Nov 25, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    hey guys, i am in need of some advice. so far i've lost 27 pounds mainly by greatly reducing the amount coke i drink and a lot of running and working out as regularly as i can.

    i've kinda stalled out because my schedule is crazy. i have class multiple times a week all at different times and i have 2 jobs. if i can get to the gym it's usually not before 9:30 or 10 at night. the only consistent thing i am able to do is jog a couple miles with my best friend on monday evenings.

    my goal is to get a nice lean body. i fully understand it's going to take time but how do i get there, in regards to diet?

    I just need advice on good quick easy things to eat that won't totally mess up what i've been able to accomplish thus far.

    any help yall can give would be greatly appreciated.
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    Nov 26, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    I don't have a "set schedule", I am "on call"

    I am always trying new ways to incorporate "lean" protien, complex carbs, healthy fats, and when needed, simple carbs, into my diet. Fast food is only a "last resort"

    Baked, Broiled, or Grilled skinless chicken breasts. You can cook several at once and lots of possibilities later. Once they are cooked, the next few days you can use them as:

    Chicken tacos

    Teryaki chicken

    Chicken Club sandwich

    OR...lean pork is great for ....

    Crock pot "pulled pork" (leave out the white bread bun) with cole slaw or cucumbers in a "slaw" type dressing

    Crock pot Carnitas with black beans

    The possibilities are only limited by your tastes. And I guess an interest in cooking doesn't hurt.

    Good luck



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    Nov 30, 2009 4:56 AM GMT
    those chicken ideas sound pretty good thanks. i like chicken and i know how to cook it but i am so not an inventive cook or anything like that so i never know what to add to it or any of that fun stuff.

    thanks for the ideas.
  • rdberg1957

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    Nov 30, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    what ever you can prepare quickly or in advance sounds like your chore. I like salmon cakes, boca burgers, chicken stir frys, casseroles u can nuke anywhere, sandwiches or wraps, u can cut up vegetables so they are ready to steam or use raw. This is one of the least talked about issues in weight loss--how to manage food on a tight schedule.
  • delthespaz

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    Dec 03, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    Get yourself the big yellow kitchen bible "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman. He has great recipes and most of them are simple. It's my go-to resources for ideas.

    I invest some time on the weekend, usually Sunday when I'm watching football, and I do some prep-cooking for the week so I always have something available. I also use my oven so I can cook it all at once and largely unattended!

    Roast a slab of meat
    - Roast a boneless turkey breast. Just rub with olive oil, salt, pepper, and choice of herb. 450 until inside temp is 150.
    - Pork tenderloin. rub olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary.
    - boneless chicken breasts. Cut them into meal segments. Rub with oil and various store-bought rubs so you don't get bored.
    - When you do have time during the week, you can reuse these meats by adding as protein into a soup, quesadilla, shredded and tossed with healthy pasta and tomato sauce.

    Roasted veggies (toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Red chili flakes or paprika for spice):
    - Cauliflower
    - Broccoli
    - Brussel
    - Carrots
    - Beets
    - Sweet potatoes (roasted whole)

    Other convenience foods:
    - Baby spinach - I usually have a large tub in my fridge (another convenience food since there's no chopping or rinsing. Just add a dressing)
    - Baby arugula
    - Good nuts (not all are equal) - I keep a container of dry roasted unsalted almonds at my office.
    - I also keep olive oil, vinegar, and tabasco in the kitchen of my office.
    - Fruits that can be easily taken on the go.

    Once done cooking, I either pre-cut or slice any of the meats and veggies portion into separate 2cup semi disposable plastic containers. When I need them, it's a matter of picking your protein and your veggies.