hard to eat enough due to full time job?

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    lexsynergy Active Member

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    trying to build mass..i've put on 10 solid pounds in the past month... i would say my best gains came when i had a week of vacation, and all i did was eat and work out...since my job is very demanding, there isn't a lot of time for eating and i'm always on the go.. The only thing i eat in the morning is 6 egg whites and then all day, which is usually around a 10 hr day, i just have a couple of protein shakes.. usually when i get home, i hit the gym then eat pretty big before bed, but is seems like i'm fighting a up hill battle since the job is stressful and hard to maintain everything.
     
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    What? No lunch break? Pretty sure that's required by law.

    And you can pack lunches and keep it in a cooler if necessary, just munch when you have time.
     
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    I dislike a lot of things about my job, but the nice part is, I work in grocery stores across the city so I always have access to awesome stuff.
     
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    and your job would be...?
     
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    Cook meals for 3-4 days at a time and bring them with you to work. By law you are required 2 15 minute paid breaks and a half hr unpaid lunch I believe for an 8 Hr shift (at least in California). space them out 3 hrs apart and eat your food... I've never had a problem when working with that
     
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    Cooking up several pounds of food at once is the way to go. I don't get how people can break out the skillet and baking pan and the mixing bowl and all that shit every single night. I'll cook up maybe 5 pounds of meat and mix it in with some rice and vegetables and that'll feed me for half a week, and all I have to do is throw it in the microwave.
     
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    If you ever have to hit up whole foods you must be eating pretty good.
     
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    You need bring more portable stuff to work that you can keep in a drawer, fridge, or backpack. Make it before work or the night before and you're good.

    1) Peanut butter sandwiches. Get 2 slices of whole grain bread (I like nature's pride) and add a couple tbsp's of PB and then a bit of honey. It's calorie dense, delicious, and extremely portable.

    2) Make some chicken breast and whole grain pasta. Make enough for like 3 days in advance. Get some tupperware and add chicken + pasta + dried herbs like oregano and basil + lots of olive oil. It tastes good cold so you can keep it in the fridge.

    3) Keep a good amount of beef jerky on hand at your desk.

    4) Low fat string cheese and nuts like peanuts of almonds. Have a couple pieces of string cheese with a handful of almonds and that's a pretty decent snack.

    5) Keep deli meat and cheese at work and make sandwiches.

    6) Protein bars
     
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    Eating on the go sucks, but it's very doable. I cook in advance for at least a week. When I start to run low, I start cooking again.
     
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    its hard, i just started working 8 hour days where i am really busy, 40 hours a week plus training clients on my two off days, takes time to adjust, you have to cook in advance like people have said and that is absolutely awful after a long days work, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    i bring two massive shakes (whey, natty pb, oats, olive oil, blueberries) with me, and 2 solid food meals, chicken brocc, brown rice and eat all 4 spread out over 2 hour periods
     
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    Working a full-time job can make things harder, but there's always a workaround, for the most part.

    I think the only times where it sucked for me was when I was on the field, working with hazardous waste. Had to have nitrile gloves on at all times and sometimes workdays would last 12-14 hours on occasion.
     
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    The easiest thing that I've found to cook ahead of time and snack on throughout the day are things like sloppy joes, pulled pork, etc.
     
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    get yourself some golden gains to drink throughout the day
     
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    Bacchus Skinny Guy

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    people like this are the only people who have an excuse.

    If you work a desk job full time and can't gain weight you have no excuse. Most people who work at a desk do this uninentionally so it's easy enough.

    i understand with people that do intense physical labour though. my bricklaying buddy puts down over 4,000 cals a day with no gains ,
     
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    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    Have your mom cook for you and put it in a tupperware
     
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    pb sandwiches, nuts, protein bars and beef jerky. none require refrigeration and are excellent protein/calories/low fat
     
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