Beginner looking for diet help

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  1. CDQ109

    CDQ109 OT Supporter

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    I've been reading up and I believe I have a decent understanding of what a healthy diet should consist of, but I'm just having a really hard time balancing out the grocery shopping with the time I need to spend to actually make the meals.

    I'm looking for a website that posts weekly shopping lists (the more detailed the better) and lists recipes you can make with the food. I'm a poor/busy college student living on my own, so price and convenience are big factors for me.

    Does anyone know if there's a website out there like this? I'd even be willing to pay a subscription fee if it's worth it.
     
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    TANGO SUKKA Well-Known Member

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    Just live off of whole grain bread, protein shakes, milk, peanut butter, and fish oil. :bowdown:

    oh yeah, and beef.
     
  3. Aspirin

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    I dunno dude, but I'm in the same boat as you. Its not that hard.

    5 lbs of chicken breast + a bottle of marinade + a can of tomatoes in a pan...bake for like 1:10 BOOM like 4-8 meals for like $15

    3-4 lbs of chuck roast + a box of beef broth + seasoning + onions and potatoes in a crock pot on low for like 10 hours. BOOM another 5-10 meals

    bunch of cans of tuna + brown or wild rice = BOOM more cheap meals

    egg whites in the microwave + good salsa BOOM breakfast in like 5 minutes

    4oz deli turkey + low carb wrap + handful fresh spinach + hummus BOOM

    This is and has been the basis of my diet for months.
     
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    I like it and I've written it down.

    The problem I keep hitting is I can't eat the same thing all day every day. I need a little bit of variety and I just don't know how to shop.

    What does your grocery list look like?

    Based on the recipes something like.....

    Week 1:
    n lbs of chicken
    n cans of tomatoes
    1 bottle of marinade (what kind by the way?)

    n cans of tuna
    n lbs of brown rice

    eggs
    salsa

    n lbs of deli turkey
    1 package of low carb wraps
    spinach
    hummus

    Week 2:
    n lbs of chuck roast
    1 box beef broth
    n lbs onions
    n lbs potatoes

    n cans of tuna
    n lbs of brown rice

    eggs
    salsa

    n lbs of deli turkey
    1 package of low carb wraps
    spinach
    hummus

    ?? right? You change the big meals that last you for days and keep having the same stuff for breakfast other meals?
     
  6. Mike Hawk

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    don't write down what you want to eat every meal, you'll get bored of it over time.

    I like to break down my meals into my macros. During the day I work on getting 50g of protein, 50g of carbs, and fat intake around 0. I'll do this for 3 meals. Later on at night I switch it up a little bit and go for 50g of protein, 0-15g of carbs, and 5-15g of fats.

    It's much easier to follow something like this if you stick to the staple foods.

    Lean meats/dairy for your protein requirements, fibrous/complex carbs to fill the carbs, good/essential fats to fill your fats.
     
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    I have to write it down. Otherwise I'd have to go to the grocery store on pretty much a daily basis or end up throwing out a lot of food I didn't eat when it spoils.
     
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    Find a meat that you can make a staple food. I personally cook up 5 lbs of chicken every 2 days and it works out perfectly. Then oats, rice, pasta, sunflower seeds, olive oil, etc, stay good for a long time.
     
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    i lived off canned beans about two months ago for a month
    good times
     
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    cook your meats, taters, and veggies at once

    put em in these [​IMG]

    helps my fat ass a fuckton :cool:
     
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    Invest in a slow cooker or a nice pan, that you can leave in the oven or on the stove. You can do stuff like Chili which will last you for a while. For the cheapest:

    Eggs, Potatoes, Tuna, Chicken Titties, and Rice will probably be the way to go. Of course filling in the rest with veggies that you enjoy (spinach, brocolli, carrots whatever) and the occasional 90/10 ground beef made into burgers or meatloaf or something of the like.
     
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    As a cheap college student make things like oatmeal, ground beef dishes, chicken breasts, rice, frozen vegetables, potatoes, etc and you're pretty much set. If you can't afford to eat like synthetic does, with his organically-fed-horse-manure-grown-tomatoes and glitter, you can get by just fine with the above, all of which can be found on sale all the time.
     
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    I used to seriously eat 4 chicken breasts per day with rice and a vegetable when I was trying to spread 5-6k out over 9 months, including rent and utilities :run:

    Eggs actually end up being pretty expensive in the long run imo, since I used to go through about 8 eggs per day. Now I can only handle 4 before I feel like puking, though.
     
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    Yeah but do you make egg scrambles? I just throw in whatever leftovers I have man and I'm good to go.
     
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