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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.)

    http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/90

    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!