Any time I start to feel a little hungry I get weak and slow down (literally an hour after breakfast, which is 2 oatmeal packets, fruit cup, water), so this is when i take the time to eat a portion in between meals, say peanut butter & crackers, yogurt, granola bars, strawberries, I might even take some decent bites of my sandwich that is for lunch (tuna lettuce tom cheese on wheat). 5-10 minutes after I eat I instantly feel fine and ready to go. Its so weird. And if I dont eat throughout the day like this, my workouts after work later in the day arent as good. Is anyone else like this or is my mind playing tricks?
There's no protein in your breakfast. Everything you eat is carbs. It makes total sense that you "crash" an hour or so after breakfast. Get some REAL protein in. You should be eating eggs and ham steak (or some kind of lean meat) for breakfast. If you're like me and can't eat "real" food first thing in the morning, oatmeal and a big protein shake is acceptable, in my opinion. I'd bring eggs and meat to work for a mid-morning snack, maybe 2-3 hours after your shake and oats. This is what I do and it seems to work well.
Just the way my mind rationalizes the cost.
The Fitness Industry is a 1 billion dollar industry.
--Dairy Queens Blizzard pulls in 3/4 of a billion.
--------------We are the elite.------------
You have to decide what you want to spend money on and what you don't want to. I certainly understand needing to save cash. If you want to be good at this stuff, you might look elsewhere to cut corners. Just my thoughts.
Good luck and stay focused.
When are you eating this oatmeal you speak of for breakfast? Skip the stupid oatmeal packets. If you have a microwave (at work or at home), you can make Old Fashioned Quaker oatmeal. I literally eat ~1.5 cups dry measured oatmeal for breakfast (which is a lot of oatmeal). You can buy 10 lb. boxes at Costco for ~$7. That should last you for over a month.
If you need "protein", buy a few gallons of chocolate milk at Costco. I have a large glass for breakfast if I'm bulking (which I would never do anymore), or if I'm expending a lot of energy and need a lot of calories. Cheap as hell and imagine a gallon (or two at the most) would be enough for an entire week.