@Tark: I’m 6’0
I’ll look at trying some premade stuff before I try making my own.
Also just a bit more data about myself.
A good bit of muscle (I’m pretty strong and have been going to the gym 1-3 times a week for several years, but my eating is horrible.)
A good bit of fat too. (Big belly, man-boobs, hip fat, some but not a ton of arm fat, not much leg fat.)
My office provides lunch & dinner. Options vary from less healthy (sausage, made-to-order burgers, duck with fat on it, cookies, frozen yogurt, cake, etc) to relatively healthy (greens cooked with a bit of EVOO and salt/pepper, full salad bars with homemade low-cal dressings, roasted chicken, roasted pork loin, etc )
I could eat a small lunch at work if I didn’t go 100% powdered. I recently started usually eating a salad with spinach greens, corn, bell pepper, apple slices, pickled onions, and maybe 2 tablespoons of a cilantro-lime dressing, plus one taco (soft shell, fillings vary but generally a spiced meat (chorizo, cajun chicken, steak, etc) + some sort of salsa, other veggies, cheese (which I’ve been leaving off), and sometimes sauces (varies, sometimes no sauce).
I could up my protein by going for either the prepared protein or the fish. (There is always a land-meat (chicken, pork, beef, etc) and a fish dish.)
My problem with eating though isn’t the work meals. They also have snacks lying around (M&Ms, but also healthier things like roasted seaweed & various greek yogurts, fresh cut fruit, etc).
My main issues are either snacking on the less healthy options, or eating junk at home (especially on the weekends).
So my thoughts were to do one of the following:
For a while just go completely on powdered food. Rationale: if I “know” I’m not eating normal foods, I hope to have better control on snacking; if I need a snack, I drink some of my powdered food. No junk at home, no junk at work. Also much easier to track total caloric intake. (I’d probably still have the occasional espresso drink with some whole milk, though maybe I could switch to Americano instead.)
Eat just lunch at work. A protein & some vegetables, or maybe just the protein. Powdered food for everything else. (Harder to regulate caloric intake. Also if my bags assume bag calories + lunch at work per day, weekends will be off.)
Eat lunch, dinner, snacks at work (limited to fruit, yogurt, seeds/nuts, etc). Replace home eating, weekend eating, and supplement work snacks with powdered food. Even harder to regular caloric intake. Also if I’m going to the snack areas it will likely be harder to avoid sometimes getting the less healthy options like M&Ms.