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struggling in university caf!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2012 at 5:41 AM

(Sorry if something like this has been posted, tried to check thoroughly!)

So I am currently in first year university living in res, and my school requires all first years in res to get the meal plan for the caf. The only appliances I am allowed are the shared microwave, a mini fridge, and a kettle.

I am having a really hard time getting enough calories from the low-fat cafeteria fare. I had to add in cottage cheese as I was really not getting enough food, and dried fruits even though they make me feel ill, as I have limited access to fresh.

A typical day of food would be

B- 2 eggs, half cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup each of strawberries and blueberries, back bacon when it is available. L- ~4oz lean meat(chicken, pork, salmon occassionally), red cabbage, mixed veggies, greek salad D- same as lunch

I am struggling through every workout. Should I risk adding legumes back in? They are fairly high calorie

btw I am a 140ib, 5'5 female, very muscular and low body fat

EDIT: I am not TRYING to eat low fat, when I am at home a put coconut oil/butter on everything. The food in my cafeteria, besides the things with cheese and dairy, is all very low fat. Meat is primarily skinless poultry, lean steak, and limited fish.

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on November 03, 2012
at 08:40 AM

First, let me specify: "60 minutes [vigorous activity] 5X a week" Britt, you feel lethargic when you don't work out because your body is trying to repair itself. It often takes at least 7 days for your body to repair from fatigue. Your energy returns when you go back to exercise as it releases endorphins. This is not healthy, as your body is in a state of vulnerability, weakness, and repair. As well, be sure to be getting enough pasture animal fat (i.e. grass-fed ghee) in your diet. This should provide you with plenty of energy without the need for exercise.

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on November 02, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Britt I agree with you, and there is no chance of my workouts ever being 12 minutes... I am certainly not a chronic cardio-er though... I really dont have a choice since I am living away from home, I have no way to prepare food, and the meal plan is mandatory

E6e02794af82026f8ccbe411c6477fa8

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on November 02, 2012
at 07:24 PM

thanks,thats actually a very good idea, didnt think of that! I will just have to ignore the strange glances as the other girls blot their pizza with napkins... :$

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on November 02, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Curious as to why you say ANYONE would get sick working out an hour a day. I get sick when I don't... I seem to need lots of excercise to feel healthy. I feel my best when working out for 1-3 hours a day, 6 days a week and eating 3000ish calories a day. I feel lethargic when I skimp on workouts.

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on November 02, 2012
at 01:48 PM

I agree -- put butter on the lean meat. If it were me, would also add in some form of potato if they have it (or use your microwave to make sweet potato, even better) -- would help fuel your workouts.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 02, 2012
at 06:16 AM

If this is a case where you have a cafeteria plan and pretty much have to eat what is offered than you just eat as much meat and veg as they will give you. I'd say skip the cottage cheese.

Go buy a bucket of coconut oil or decent butter, load up a 1 cup tuperware container each morning and add 1/3 to each meal. Tasty and frankly 1,700+ kcal.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 02, 2012
at 01:48 PM

I agree -- put butter on the lean meat. If it were me, would also add in some form of potato if they have it (or use your microwave to make sweet potato, even better) -- would help fuel your workouts.

E6e02794af82026f8ccbe411c6477fa8

(5)

on November 02, 2012
at 07:24 PM

thanks,thats actually a very good idea, didnt think of that! I will just have to ignore the strange glances as the other girls blot their pizza with napkins... :$

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32937bdb4caf053e7aa39693fadd2282

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Im a sophomore right now and i went through the same thing last year.

Luckily my school had baked potatoes so i pretty much lived off potatoes and butter. Eat a cube with every bite of lean protein ;)

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on November 02, 2012
at 05:58 AM

why are you trying to eat low fat fare? This is paleo.. load up on the fat!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:01 AM

Going lean is ok if the meat is not local or grass-fed, which I would assume it is? Though, you still need your calories. Stocking up on grass-fed ghee is a good idea, like LikesLardinMayo suggested.

I would personally do everything I could to avoid the cafeteria, but I'm not sure if you have a choice, whether you are subsisting off of your parents or not?

Also, I am very curious to see what you are doing for your "workout." A REAL workout involves low-risk muscle fatigue only 12 minutes a week. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PdJFbjWHEU. Working out more than that, you are much more prone to injury, stress (and its effects through the body) and illness. Modern interpretation encourages "60 minutes a day, 5X a week". If ANYONE did that, they would get sick or injure themselves very quickly. Although a good way to produce endorphins (which are naturally produced anyways if you consume a variety of vegetables and high-quality fat) it is NOT healthy for so many reasons.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 02, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Curious as to why you say ANYONE would get sick working out an hour a day. I get sick when I don't... I seem to need lots of excercise to feel healthy. I feel my best when working out for 1-3 hours a day, 6 days a week and eating 3000ish calories a day. I feel lethargic when I skimp on workouts.

E6e02794af82026f8ccbe411c6477fa8

(5)

on November 02, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Britt I agree with you, and there is no chance of my workouts ever being 12 minutes... I am certainly not a chronic cardio-er though... I really dont have a choice since I am living away from home, I have no way to prepare food, and the meal plan is mandatory

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 03, 2012
at 08:40 AM

First, let me specify: "60 minutes [vigorous activity] 5X a week" Britt, you feel lethargic when you don't work out because your body is trying to repair itself. It often takes at least 7 days for your body to repair from fatigue. Your energy returns when you go back to exercise as it releases endorphins. This is not healthy, as your body is in a state of vulnerability, weakness, and repair. As well, be sure to be getting enough pasture animal fat (i.e. grass-fed ghee) in your diet. This should provide you with plenty of energy without the need for exercise.

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