First, the disclaimer: I don't consider myself a "hardgainer," so hopefully this question doesn't get thrown in that category and downvoted over and over. But, I do workout quite a bit and with the heat (and maybe lack of desire to eat as much meat when it is cooler out) am finding that I am having a hard time keeping my weight up (down to 171 but prefer 176-178). My question is what I can do PWO to help with this. I know Thomas S. would say Haagen Daz is an acceptable way to get in fat and carbs. I am eating a couple of sweet potatoes a day, but that's about all I want. I've been avoiding dairy but seem to tolerate it better PWO than at other times (have actually hit a small bowl of Haagen Daz PWO the last two days just to see how I respond). I'd like to be able to incorpoate some dairy and believe the more I avoid it, the more sensitive to it I become. I'm not really craving the sugar in the ice cream and can't say it's giving me any real jollies, just experimenting some. Thanks.
Look, so what you want is some calories that are easy to eat..rather than trying to chomp on a bunch of meat and even potatoes. My suggestion PWO is:
1) Chocolate (spikes the insulin)
3) If you are worried about the sugar in 1 and 2 then start guzzling the milk PWO. Only problem is that if it has been some time since you've had milk, you need to start off slow and build up quantity over a period of two weeks or so. The chocolate and HD do not pose this problem.
Especially the HD will get you back up to where you want to be in no time.
It's hard to have an appetite when it's hot out - just kind of kills it. My fix for this is to prepare a bunch of basics and keep them in the fridge to amend for each meal. Searing steak, poaching chicken, roasting a duck, steaming or roasting all my potatoes - sweet and whatever seasonal variety I can find at the greenmarket. Hardboiled eggs. I use all this for snacks and for my meals - adding tomato, avocado, veggies, greens.. food that is ready to go is much more enticing than having to cook a meal when you're not feeling it. I keep my nuts, chocolate, coconut flakes in the freezer as well and will eat 'em cold. I workout quite a bit too and the nights before CF, about 30-mins before bed, will eat cottage cheese, have a banana, hardboiled egg, coconut. I get through my workouts better and except for one weird weight loss incident, have been holding strong.
Banana, slice in half, spread with almond butter (or similar), slice of cheese, coconut, stick back together and eat. Another option, banana, ham and cheese. Both would be good in warmer weather plus high potassium of bananas should be good post workout. Boiled eggs (as suggested by others) can be thrown in the mix as well. For increasing dairy, what about yoghurt? In Australia (South Australia at least) we have some good biodynamic organic options that go well with berries and coconut. If you take protein powder add that to yoghurt and berries.
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