Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Urbanite Road Bike, Mielle Fixed Gear Conversion, Vintage Lejeune Track Bike
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First Post Bike Messenger Nutrition
Hi everyone this is my first post,
I just worked my first week as a bike messenger. I love it so far and it turns out I'm in much better shape than I realized. I need to get my diet sorted though. I have searched on Google and also on the archives on this site and haven't found much info on nutrition for people working as messengers. I also just read the thread started by peripatetic about skinny riders. I'm 5.9" and about 145 pounds (actually I haven't weighed myself after this week so it might be a bit lower!) and I don't want to lose weight. Before starting this job I had my diet pretty sorted in terms of eating a balanced diet that, along with a workout schedule was allowing me to gain some weight in muscle mass. I would like to continue building muscle mass but is that even possible with the amount of riding I am doing on a daily basis? I am a vegetarian (I still eat dairy, I'm not vegan) although not 100% strict, in the sense that I am open to suggestion in terms of healthy food suggestions of any kind. I generally eat about two to four servings of whole grains, one serving of protein (nuts, legumes, occassionally fish), one serving of dairy and two servings of fruit/vegetables for breakfast lunch and dinner and then three snacks usually consisting of a piece of fruit and some nuts or a grain product. Using this diet, I was gaining weight slowly but steadily before I started working as a messenger. I realize that I should weigh myself now, I need to buy a scale so I can monitor this myself of course.
What I am asking is dietary suggestions for me to be able to at the very minimum not lose muscle mass, and ideally gain muscle mass. Am I nuts? Is this even possible with the level of calories I'm burning every day?