Let me first say that although I notice some controversy about the whole FFB thing, I'm putting that there because I definitely fit the bill:
At the beginning end of last year until the beginning of this year I went on a crazy diet, I'll even go so far as to admit I probably actually had an eating disorder. i didn't realise at the time, but I was eating WAY too little. I went from about 105-110 kg down to 65 in about 3 months.
Although I was doing heaps of cardio at the same time, I lost a lot of muscle mass as well, so after a year of sitting at about that level, and between 9.5 and 11%bf (and admittedly still being unhappy with my body) I decided to go on a bulk and gain some muscle before I go on a gentle cut in an attempt to get rid of these remaining bits of fat that still bother me (I would love nothing more than to see some abs, having never seen them in my life).
12.1%bf (according to electronic scales, so not perfectly accurate)
Today's food: (on training days my breakfast is split into two smaller meals and my workout is in between)
Breakfast - 6am
200ml lite blue milk
4 weet bix
30g Musashi WPC
Mid-Morning - 9am
100g Lunch Meat (ran out of real meat)
Lunch - 12pm
Afternoon - 3pm
85g Pink Salmon
ground beef (180cal)
mixed veges (100cal)
As you can see a lot of almonds today because I've almost run out of food for this week. There's usually a few more servings of veg in there but I'm out of veges. Which brings me to my questions here:
Other than general advice about bulking for someone like me, is there an alternative to fiending the almonds for increasing calories without breaking my wallet? I'm a university student at the moment so money is scarce but I want to bulk clean (the usual FFB hangups about getting fat again). I would just eat a shitload of oatmeal (cheap, low gi all that) but I've heard from most sources that as an FFB I need to keep the carbs to a minimum except for breakfast and PWO.
What about if I laid into the complex carbs for my first three meals and then high protein and healthy fats for the rest? Any advice here would be awesome.
Also: I'm taking 5g of creatine a day (finished my 5 day 20g loading phase yesterday)