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What would 3500 calories of food a day look like?

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  • What would 3500 calories of food a day look like?

    My hubby got into the police academy, and starts next Monday. He is in decent physical shape, but very thin, and I know they will be working him hard in the academy. I am the cook in the family, but he can be pretty picky; he's not big on chicken, hates broths/soups, won't eat dairy except cheese unless it's mixed into something (like potatoes), not big on sweets or shakes. He is currently not paleo at all, but will eat some paleo meals I cook (I have been buying him frozen crap food for a while because I was sick of making 2 different meals every night, I know I need to get better about that).

    Anyway, does anyone have a sample meal plan of what it would look like for him to be consuming around 3500 calories per day? I am guessing that's about what he will need. He really likes when I make BAS, so we may do lots of those for lunches, with loads on meat, salsa, sour cream, cheese, avocado, etc. He tends not to eat breakfast, what can I get him to eat that is quick and easy? Nuts, hardboiled eggs, MAYBE larabars if I can convince him to try them?

  • #2
    You don't need to make 2 meals, you need to make 1 and he needs to eat it or make his own

    And not liking chicken, not a big deal, there are much better meats out there (beef, lamb, venison etc.) If he doesn't want breakfast and is good until lunch, no problem. Just divide up his calories over 2 meals. If you want to give him breakfast, do a coconut milk smoothie. It's high-calorie, nutritionally dense and tastes great


    • #3
      You can definitely make 2 meals!
      Here are your options for those two meals everyday:
      TAKE IT
      LEAVE IT

      you're gonna want to make sure he gets some sweet potatoes in his diet, lots of man desserts (MEAT!), and fruit.
      --Trish (Bork)


      • #4
        Yeah, I tried the take it or leave it approach, he just stopped eating and got really cranky, or ate fast food EVERY SINGLE MEAL, which we can't afford (at all). Not sure how he feels about sweet potatoes, he loves regular potatoes though. Maybe I can make up a big batch of potato salad and mashed potatoes on the weekend, and refrigerate it in portions for him to eat with every meal.


        • #5
          You could get lots of calories in a BAS...grass fed beef, avocado, seeds, crumbled bacon, and lots of olive oil dressing. For quick and easy....trail mix, pemmican, hb eggs, butter balls, coconut bark. As for making two meals, you could always make primal meals, and let him make any extras on the side to add to his.
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          • #6
            My wife is picky about food and doesn't eat primal. luckily she does like protein. So what I do is create Primal meals (some sort of protein and some sort of yummy veggie dish), and then do a side of a starch. This starch could be potato, rice, pasta, couscous, whatever. Thus my wife eats what I eat, and gets her super carbs too. Easy to do, everyone is happy.

            Once a week or so I'll make pasta for her and the kids as a primary dish, and I'll cook up some sausage or something else easy for me.



            • #7
              Mashed sweet potatoes with lots of cream and butter...ground beef "steaks" with various sauces, guacamole, etc. Now is not the time to low-carb him, but weaning him off of sugar and bread would probably be awesome. As to the "my way or the high way" people - have you ever been married and tried to support a spouse when they are attempting something tough, like the police academy? It's such a terrible attitude to have towards loved ones. It's always women saying that about men, too, never the other way round. If you ever get in a tough spot, you need your spouse in your corner not the opposite one.
              If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least and this (personal fave):


              • #8
                I am married. And the role was reversed, I was going to school full-time (paramedicine) with 2 kids at home and working and I needed a supportive spouse at home, unfortunately, he made his favorite foods (when he cooked and didn't leave it for me to do) and it was always stuff I've never eaten (even before primal) like pasta, sandwiches etc. Guess what, I made my own food. Do I wish he supported my healthy eating? Absolutely. Do I think I'm doing him or my children any favors by supporting crappy food? Nope. Do I think you're comparing apples to oranges? Yes.


                • #9
                  Pulled pork and shredded beef are nice because you can make them ahead of time and they are quite versatile. Served with avocado and lettuce wraps for you - potatoes for him. You can get some butter or cream into the potatoes.

                  Meatloaf made with bacon and some extra fat can be good. Meatballs are good too.

                  A great breakfast sweet potatoes and squash cubed and simmered in coconut milk with cinnamon and nutmeg. You can add a little butter and cream if you want. You can make a big batch and just warm it in the morning. Have you made the muffin tin omelets? They can be made ahead and quite calorie dense if you put bacon fat etc. You could also try some of the paleo baking items - served with lots of butter and some fried eggs they might be a good start to the day.

                  On a side note - I've never met anyone who didn't like soup....even homemade? Craziness
                  Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )



                  • #10
                    I eat that amount of calories pretty regularly. Here's an example of a workout day:


                    -Sprouted brown rice porridge -- 1/2 cup of rice, 5-6 strawberries, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut, sometimes 1/4 cup of soaked pecans (500-700 calories)

                    -Bowl of blueberries with coconut milk (300 calories)

                    Dinner (PWO):

                    -Sprouted quinoa pilaf -- 1/2 cup of quinoa, 1/2 avocado, sauteed vegetables, spices (500 calories)
                    -Sweet potato -- 1 large sweet potato, 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (600 calories)
                    -Steak -- 1 pound of steak (1,000 - 1,200 calories)
                    -Smoothie -- 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 banana, 1 cup of blueberries (600 calories)

                    Of course, I do a higher carb diet (also high in fat, but it's from coconut, which is uniquely metabolized), but if your husband doesn't always do paleo foods, something like that might work for him.

                    Last edited by tarek; 10-24-2011, 11:10 AM.


                    • #11
                      Rice; they're more dense in calories than potatoes.
                      Smack on a loads of oils and fats. Oil or mayonnaise dressings on the salads, fatty cuts of meat.
                      Coconut curries, fried potatoes etc.


                      • #12
                        speaking as a man...
                        I would advise you to cook healthy meals for yoru family and let him choose if he eats it or not. Let him decide if he wants to eat that many calories while at the academy.
                        sorry I have no sympathy for an adult that is that picky of an eater.