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Eating right on a budget while training

I know this topic has made it's rounds before.....I'm starting up playing rugby again. I've also started a new job and moving into a new apartment so money is tight. Any tips from fellow athletes? Thanks!

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  1. That's a pretty broad question! You might want to post on the Special Diets board with some more specifics (your current goals, macros, etc.)


    1. What do you eat? I'm an athlete but athletes eat different things.

      1. Rugby players eat their dead. Or so the bumper stickers say....

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        1. There are some decent homemade protein bar recipes floating on the web
          Hard boiled eggs and quick and easy as well.

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          1. re: pumpkinspice

            In addition to eggs in general, cheaper proteins like tofu and canned tuna can also be fairly easy to add to dishes.

            1. re: cresyd

              And if money is an issue (ie, you can't gorge off of meat for all your protein), you've got whole grains and beans - brown rice, oats, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, etc. For maximum cheapness, buy dried beans and cook up a big batch once or twice a week.

              1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                Agreed. Depending on how someone's individual stomach responds to relying on legumes for protein (i.e. if a fiber overload is challenging) - then just cycle through beans for protein and then items like eggs, tuna, meats that will relieve yourself.

                Some people can do a heavier bean diet than others, so it's just worth paying attention to what does or doesn't work.

          2. Eating while training is no fun. When I did this long ago it was a can of tuna, a few hours later yogurt, may be a chicken breast, a few hours later yogurt. Eating every 3 to 4 hours.
            I grilled chicken or turkey breasts, spiced it up as best I could, on Sundays. Ate them the entire week. Lots of water. A treat was frozen yogurt after a Sunday bike ride and a beer when I got home.
            Training is not about good food, it is about growing muscle and stamina. Not the most healthy lifestyle but a lot of fun for a decade or so.
            By the way, I did the same thing at one time, trained like a beast when I changed jobs. It is a good thing, it makes you focused when working and relieves the stress of a new job when training.
            Good Luck, train Hard.

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            1. re: genoO

              Eating while training is awesome!

            2. You can save a ton of money by making your own energy bars. I love this formula/recipe because there are a ton of ways to change it up and you can use what you have on hand or buy cheaper ingredients (like swap in sunflower seeds for almonds and use applesauce instead of dates), they also freeze great-just take one out in the morning and its defrosted by early afternoon for a pre-practice snack

              The best way to save yourself serious money will be to make the time when you have it to do batch cooking so you have nutritious snacks and meals on hand. Even if its just prepping smoothie ingredients to freeze in individual servings or baking a bunch of muffin tin eggy frittatas.
              Cheap nutritious meals can be made with lentils, black beans, polenta, bulgar, brown rice, eggs, tofu, whatever veggies are seasonal/on sale, and some creative seasonings.