Alright folks, I'm going to be that bitch.
I'm trying to eat about 3000 calories a day to bulk. I pre-plan my meals for the week, and I've been trying to stick to the stuff that everybody recommends: chicken breast, ground beef, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, eggs, coconut oil, nut butters, oats, yogurt, half-and-half (to mix with protein), avocados, and bananas.
I try to eat very clean, but I'll have a poptart after I work out to go with my Gatorade/protein/creatine shake, and I'll have one or two cheat meals a week.
The problem is, I'm a skinny fuck, and I've been having a hard time getting 3k calories a day. I know, I know. Specifically, I find that I am not that hungry. Also, I'm not sure how important it is to be eating as cleanly as I am. I'm wondering if it's worth allowing slightly more "dirty bulk" food into my diet in order to hit my calories more consistently.
If you guys have any success stories about force-feeding, bulking strategies, and clean/dirty bulking balance, I would love to hear them. Thank you in advance!
Answering some questions in advance:
Starting Weight: 140lbs (May 2014)
Current Weight: 155lbs
Goal Weight: 170lbs
Goals: Training for USMC OCS. Although most of OCS conditioning is based on running and body-weight work, I am trying to increase my size and strength so that I can contribute to the team in exercises that require greater absolute strength (log lifts, SULE obstacles, etc). My other goal, to be frank, is to be big enough to be taken seriously. Nobody wants to take orders from a weiny-looking LT.
A note on my training: I fucked around with my training for the first six months or so. I am better informed now, and have seen subsequent gains.