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Maybe try and prepare your meals on a Sunday for the week ahead, like making a huge batch of vegetable curry or vege soup for lunch every day (made with coconut milk - yum), that you can just take out of the freezer the night before and have along side your sausage etc, then do the same for evening meals, do a huge batch of cheaper stewing steak meat or mince with onion veg spices stock etc that you can have for dinner with any other fresh or frozen veg you have. I think preparing in advance will make it easier if you're on a budget as then the vegetables that you've paid for won't sit going bad in the bottom of the fridge. It's easy for people to say, have a steak or have a big salad everyday, but it can be expensive and doesn't keep very well beyond 3-4 days. Good luck x
Yes, I'm a student, so I think the reason my diet has been so limited is that I'm restrained by time and money... it's difficult for me to get my hands on an inexpensive grass fed steak, and then cook it, when eggs seem so cheap and easy.
I'm 20 years old, 5'9, female, roughly average weight (130 lbs). I'm also a slowly-recovering sugar addict, so I'm concerned by the fact that I'm still struggling to overcome the urge to eat huge amounts of carbs. I hope hyperinsulinemia isn't my problem...
I will try adding in more meat per all of your suggestions (and will stop being so crazy about the grass-fed/organic thing until a future time when I can really afford these things) and perhaps more veggies. Hopefully I feel better -- I'll write back with my results!
Don't bother with the grass-fed beef. I buy my beef from a real local butcher shop inside a small ethnic (Latino) market. It's not grass-fed, but it's really cheap and good. 69 cents a pound for chicken leg quarters. $8 a pound for rib-eye steaks as big as a dinner plate. $5 a pound for other cuts of steak. I can eat like a queen this way. If I want Omega 3 fat, I can eat salmon or purchase grass-fed tallow at the farmer's market.
I doubt hyperinsulemia (or metabolic syndrome) is your problem. If it was, you'd be gaining weight and fat even while doing all the running you do. I was gaining weight while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2600 mile backpacking trail. That's right, hiking 30 miles a day carrying my food and gear, hungry all the damn time, every man around me wasting away to emaciation, every woman around me a normal weight and me getting fat and having to restrain myself a little bit because the weight I lost at the beginning of the trail was starting to return already. And then afterwards, I couldn't exercise without triggering massive starvation hunger which I couldn't fight.
I don't think that's your problem since running is keeping your weight off. It might not last into your 40s, though, so better to nip it in the bud now and build a base of health you can maintain into old age.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.