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Old 03-28-2013, 04:52 PM
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My brother and I went on a healthy sibling date and bought us a whole whack load of produce to now nom on.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:23 PM
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I'm having the hardest time eating enough HEALTHY calories.... I'm trying to target 1500 a day based on the guide that comes with the Power 90 workout ....but....

It says to eat 4-5 times a day, I can barely even fit in 3 or 4! Also I'm been trying to eat so often I'm constantly extremely full and just shoving food in...

My previous habits had been, eat one giant meal around lunch like 1300-1500 calories..and then for the rest of the day eat random stuff, some fruit, chips, candy, ice cream...

However, I've been trying really hard to eat healthy and it just seems like sooooooo much food...

The other problem is, I don't get up until about 9 and I usually immediately do my workout because after I eat, I have a stomach ache if I work out within an hour or so..

So for example, get up at 9, work out for an hour. Shower and make some food, usually this is sort of my lunch meal.

lunch: 10:30-11
snack: 2-3
meal: 6-8

and then I don't usually eat after unless I had an early dinner because the manual says not to eat 3 hours before going to bed.

In terms of food, for example I've been eating

lunch: Sandwhich, usually chicken avocado or basa fillet and bread (calories 200 for bread, 200 for the 4-6 oz meat/fish, 100 for avocado, 100 for sauce = 600)

snack: I've been trying to shove food in so I've been eating a home made oat bar and a fruit like an apple or pear (calories 250 + 50 = 300)

dinner: some type of protein 4-6 oz, salad, sometimes some pasta or bread but I'm usually sooo full by dinner I can't eat much... (calories 200 + 100 + 200 = 500)

So I ended the day with 1400 and this is the absolute most healthy food I seem to be able to eat. And this is when I'm literally shoving food into myself and feeling like I'm about to vomit when I'm trying to eat each new thing. A lot of days I end on something like 900-1000 but I really want to keep up with muscle recovery and working myself harder and that's not enough calories in order to do it!

Suggestions? I think it's because I'm so used to eating so little "Good" food and filling up on high calorie junk which doesn't take much for a lot of calories....
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:37 PM
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Well you could potentially still eat like you used to just with better food choices.

One large meal and then snacking throughout the day. it's not ideal but if it's the only way you can get the calories and still eat healthy food, it's better than nothing. 4-5 meals a day should be small meals or three meals with two snacks.

My good news today... I stepped on the scale and was 184.6 that means I have OFFICIALLY lost 20 lbs
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:40 PM
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One large meal and then snacking throughout the day. it's not ideal but if it's the only way you can get the calories and still eat healthy food, it's better than nothing. 4-5 meals a day should be small meals or three meals with two snacks.
The problem is I can't seem to hit my calories with just healthy foods. I used to easily eat 1500 in a meal because that's like a poutine and some ice cream...

But if I want to eat 1500 calories of healthy food like chicken breasts.. Even if I eat 16 oz of chicken breast, which is 2 whole ones (that's only like 600 calories), plus 2 cups of cooked rice (600), I still haven't hit it and I'm so stuff I'm probably about to throw up. 2 chicken breasts is waaayy too much.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:07 PM
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Try adding some nuts into your diet, if you're not allergic?
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I'm not..but unfortunately I DETEST most nuts I've been trying to eat more avocado but I don't know if the extra fat is good or bad for me...
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:09 PM
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Ah, well there goes that. Sorry I'm not much help. I will say, I don't get too freaked out about calories being absolutely perfect. Like if I stop and do the math (here's me, stopping and calculating), I've taken in like 800 calories today. This is not a normal day for me, so I don't worry about it being low, considering I'm still sick and appetite is not all there. I hope you can figure out a balance!

On a side note, I had a fun time playing 'will it blend' in my kitchen this evening with various fruit whilst making a smoothie-concoction. Apples do blend, btw.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:11 PM
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Ah yes!!! Smoothies!! That's a good suggestion in itself! I love banana avocado smoothies and they're easily 400 calories! I have to start making those and maybe trying that for a snack when I don't want to shove in a ton of oats and fruits!
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:23 PM
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I'm not..but unfortunately I DETEST most nuts I've been trying to eat more avocado but I don't know if the extra fat is good or bad for me...
Fat won't kill you as long as your calorie count is still well within healthy ranges. Adding avocado in is a great idea and has been suggested to me multiple times. Unfortunately I have yet to figure out how to eat a bloody avocado.
You're not alone, I too think it's really hard to eat enough if I'm just eating what I'm supposed to be eating. It's taking a very real physical toll on me. I'm tired all the time now because I'm asking my body to outperform what I've been feeding it. I've stopped gaining muscle. If I carefully feed my body before a run I'm good, but trying to do a run in the afternoon when I haven't meticulously planned for it is incredibly hard.

It's not easy. I will say don't try to make up the calories by adding more rice - you're adding more carbs and that's not helping you out any. Two cups is a LOT! And you probably feel like crap afterward.
I know chicken is really cheap and that's why I eat a lot of it too, but a beef or pork stir fry instead of chicken will do better for you (I don't like beef but I will eat pork.) The days I eat pork my calorie count is MUCH better than when I don't.

Try removing a lot of the grains from your day. No bread at breakfast, just meat and fat. If you like eggs, eat at least one with your breakfast, two is better.
For your snack, unless that apple is super tiny it's more than 50 calories. A medium apple is almost 100. You might be not counting your other calories properly either so doublecheck all that. If you can find nuts you like better than that oat bar, swap it out. Almonds, pistachios, pepitas, sunflower seeds, cashews, all of these will be better for you.
Absolutely no pasta or bread for dinner. If you HAVE to have bread then eat it with breakfast. Don't do it for dinner. Try to avoid rice at this point too.

Also look into adding a shake. Drink it right after your workout while you're cooking lunch. You can buy a whey powder and make it a protein shake or just go straight for a shake. Banana, tablespoon or two of coconut oil, ice, and mix it up. Add other berries and fruits if you want. Some people also add spinach; avocado can be slipped in here too.

Shake: Medium banana + 1 tbsp coconut oil = 200 calories, or banana + 2 tbsp coconut oil = 300 calories.

Late lunch: Chicken avocado/basa fillet, two eggs - about the same, 600 cals

Snack: Medium apple, quarter cup of nuts (or if you can tolerate dairy, add in a few ounces of full-fat cheese) - 300 cals

Dinner: 6 oz of chicken, cook in coconut oil if you can - 300 calories.

1400-1500 calories.
And way less carbs.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:27 PM
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Thanks I'll try those tips! And that apple is really 50 calories, they're tiny... And it says on the bag they're 50 each lol.

Problem is I can't finish a medium or large apple so I buy tiny ones..
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