So, I'm definitely what you'd call a hardgainer. This circumstance was not helped by my recent, brief bout of homelessness, during which I dropped 8 kg. I'm in a more stable position right now, but money is still a concern, and I'm trying to save as much as I can. In light of this, when I'm planning out groceries with my goal of 3,600 kcal on strength training days and 2,500 kcal on off days, I have to fret about how to eat safely on the cheap.
My question is, what should I prioritize in trying to balance both my 'save money goal' and my 'gain another 18 kg' goal? Prior to my crisis, I went through a huge serving of chicken friend rice (2 lbs chicken breast, 6 cups white rice) every week, and straight up ate butter to supplement my fat intake. I was also knocking back about 1/3rd gallon of milk every day, and these decisions were made to optimize calories-per-dollar while minimizing deviation from paleo/primal compliance. But is that right? And what about produce? I love me some dark green leafy things, but considering the bite organic produce takes out of my food budget, they offer a pretty low caloric return.
Should I aim for a lower caloric intake and significantly slow down my mass-gain in the name of being able to afford more balanced meals? Or should I continue to optimize calories per dollar?
asked byliterallystarvingartist (0)
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on August 13, 2014
at 10:18 AM
Eggs are very cheap source of protein. Add in a can of sardines once a week for n3s and you're set. Butter as you've discovered is great too. If you have a crockpot or a pot you can watch and simmer, try to get very tough cheap cuts of meat and cook them slowly for 2-4 hours to tenderize them.