What to eat if you need to consume 6,000 calories/day

This is a difficult problem many Americans face daily. Just how is it possible to eat this much in a period of 14 waking hours a day? What should I eat? How many sticks of butter must I consume? Will I be ill? Do I need an IV drip or does all the food have to be chewn? Will my jaws get sore? How many times will I have to use the toilet? The short answers to these questions are: a huge appetite due to riding 4-5 hours in the rain, lots, 0-20, possibly, no, maybe, depends but possibly a lot.

The long answer to what exactly you need to eat is recorded here:

Scenario for day #1 (remember, save room for about 3 gallons of water per day)

Breakfast:
1/2 cup of regular oats
1 package of instant cinnamon/apple oats
extra cinnamon

apple
pear
plum
orange
banana
sunflower seeds
grapes

1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/4 can of salmon
2 cups of mushrooms

2 cups of coffee
small bowl of chili

ride food/lunch:
2 almond butter, banana, and honey sandwiches
1 cliff bar
1 snickers candy bar
1 deep fried gas station burrito with 2 packets of hot sauce
1 can of Mountain Dew
1 banana

post ride food/dinner
smoothie made of 2 cups spinach, 1 scoop of whey protein, 2 cups blueberries, 1/2 cup of cherry juice frozen concentrate, 1 banana, cocoa powder, cantaloupe.
1 bowl of fruit cobbler pie stuff with about 1/6 cup of honey on top
1 leftover bowl of pho Vietnamese soup with extra steak added in
1 small piece of pepperoni pizza
1 apple
1 can of sardines
1 orange
sweet potato/cranberry sauce/turkey/mushroom mixture
more turkey and cranberry sauce
grapes

Scenario for day #2

breakfast:
1/2 cup steel cut oats
apple
pear
1/2 orange
banana
cantaloupe
sunflower seeds

2 cups coffee

turkey/cranberry sauce

ride food/lunch:
homemade granola bar
bottle of juice
bottle of maltodextrin
1 cup coffee
2 almond butter and honey sandwiches
1 more cup coffee
1 cup hot apple cider
1 bowl of steel cut oats with chopped nuts, raisins, and a half cup of brown sugar (provided at a cyclocross race food pit stop)
1 banana

post ride food/dinner:
smoothie made of: 2 cups spinach, 2 handfulls of blueberries, cantaloup, whey protein, cocoa powder, juice, vanilla yogurt, banana
1/2 an orange
apple
1 bowl of leftover pho soup with extra steak
1 small piece of pizza
2 bowls of yellow squash/carrot/potato/bell pepper/turkey mixture
more turkey/cranberry sauce
bread with honey and almond butter
another smoothie made of whey protein, cinnamon, banana, cocoa powder, and blueberries
fake crab meat

I hope this helps!

ps I haven’t been updating the blog recently because I’ve been writing a really long short story. It should be done Thanksgiving weekend, so I’ll post it then.

One thought on “What to eat if you need to consume 6,000 calories/day

  1. Remind me not to have you stay for any length of time. I couldn’t afford to feed you. I liked your doughnut poem. See you at Chritmas I hope. Love Grandma Carol

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