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johnnyboy362 12-02-2008 05:28 AM

problems bulking up
can anyone help ?
i am having trouble keeping my bulk on .
i work in a warehouse and there is no canteen so all food has to come from home ,
1st can you buy protien powder that i can make up before work that will last all day?
2nd how much water should i be drinking to keep hydrated?
3rd any ideas of what foods to take to work so i can snack as often as i should but giving me enough protien?
thanks for any help

pimpsticky 12-02-2008 09:17 AM

I pasted this response from another thread...

I found it damn tough, and very expensive to get good macronutrient nutrition and eat 5-6 meals a day until I decided to set aside some time each week, (2 hours every Sunday preparing meals for the upcoming week). This has made my life so much easier... and it saves me a ton of money every week!

I cook up 5 or 10 pounds of chicken, fish or lean red meat, then portion it out in Ziplock baggies and freeze them. You can cook up anything that re-heats well... whole grain pasta, veggies, brown rice, stir-fry... get creative, but keep it simple enough to fit your time constraints. You can also get those disposable "tupperware" containers if it's a messy food.

Every morning, after a good breakfast, I grab 3 baggies and head to work. I have a fridge at work... so I just put them in there. Every 3 hours, I grab a baggie, nuke it for 30 seconds and down it with a liter of water. I eat it in less time than it takes for others to smoke a cigarette. I'll just eat right out of the baggie... if it's clean, there's no need for plasticware or plates. If you don't have a fridge, a six-pack cooler would work just fine. If you don't have a microwave, then just make sure they're thawed out the night before.

I found it pretty tough to make time for 5-6 meals per day until it became a habit, (2months). After that, it's just second nature to eat right.

One of the many things this forum has taught me is that you don't get big in the gym... you get big when you are recovering and eating right. So your diet is paramount for real improvement and growth.

I'm not qualified to give nutrition advice... but check out the nutrition section, you'll learn a ton. There's also a recipe section.

Anyway... that's my 2cents...:WEIGHT~13:

Pitysister 12-02-2008 09:20 AM

how well does salmon store after cooking? some of the filets i have aren't exactly 8 oz. so to be more efficient i'm gonna have to make more than one at a time :) do you just warm it in the micro?

pimpsticky 12-02-2008 09:20 AM

I drink at least a gallon of water a day. I keep a gallon jug on my desk and chug a glass every half hour or so.

You may need more, depending on how strenuous your job is and what your workouts look like.

pimpsticky 12-02-2008 09:26 AM

If you freeze it, it keeps for a long time (months).

I cook it up in one batch, then while it's still hot and steaming, I portion out individual meals in each ziplock baggie then put them right into the freezer.

In the morning, throw a few frozen salmon baggies in a 6pack cooler, and you're good for the rest of the day. If you put it in the cooler frozen, it will be safe to eat all day long, even in the summer.

Then just nuke them as you need them.

If you don't have a microwave, thaw them out the night before, in the fridge. Then, in the morning throw them in your cooler with a little ice. Cold salmon actually tastes pretty good if you toss on a little sour cream & capers.

Pitysister 12-02-2008 10:21 AM

i won't go that hardcore...i'll eat it the same day i make it...just wondering if throwing it in the fridge in some tupperware and then nuking it would be ok. :)

pimpsticky 12-02-2008 11:31 AM

no problem... it should keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. Just make sure it's covered.

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