I used to work 7 days a week – there was my “day job” at the radio station, where I would work from 4am until noon Monday to Friday, then my weekend job as an ambulance dispatcher, working 12 hour shifts – yep, days AND nights. Throw in my volunteer work, which required a once a week shift commitment, and there was very little time left to workout, have a life (!?!), and eat well. But, I did it, I didn’t whine about it (too much), and I’m about to tell you how.
Ok, I don’t have kids, but don’t you think the above hours and life is a sorta equivalent? Just work with me here…
Feeding Time at the Zoo
Set one day aside and cook in bulk – I cook a bunch of chicken breasts and fish filets at the same time.
I also steam a bunch of different vegetables. I like to keep them slightly under cooked so that when I reheat them they don’t go mushy.
I bought this cooler bag from Popeyes (supplements store), but you can also buy them online here. (Nope, I didn’t get mine for free for saying that either)
It’s awesome. It fits all of my meals for a 12 hour shift. There’s a top compartment for supplements, but that’s where I keep my dental floss lol. It also comes with two ice packs that slip in either side of the food compartment, and surprisingly keeps my food cool for a long time! That’s key when you work out of a car for 12 hours.
I get everything out on the counter and then just start dishing it up. (The corn on the cob is the boy’s food.)
While I’m preparing that, I mix up my avocado shake and scoop out my workout BCAA’s.
Above are 4 meals, eaten 3 hours apart:
- Avocado shake
- Chicken breast, sweet potato and vegetable – with chia seeds sprinkled on top
- Greek yoghurt, cottage cheese and mixed nuts
- Tilapia filet with two different vegetables
And whatever doesn’t make it into the containers, he takes care of…