Okay, so here's my situation:
I'm attempting to become a Krav Maga instructor by early/mid 2011, and i've been training technique and physically for the past two-ish months, both from my KM instructor and my personal trainer, who builds workout routines exclusively around this style of combat. So far i'm in the best shape i've ever been in my life, and i'm well on my way to becoming an instructor to help generate more income for school/living expenses.
However, because of my demanding 35-hour weekly school schedule with at least 3 hours of homework a night, my eating habits have ranged from fair to piss poor. I've literally done everything that I can to eat healthy/correctly, but these last six weeks have been brutal academic-wise, so something had to give. I finally, finally turned in my final assignment for the term yesterday evening, so i'm officially free.
My top priority goal this year is to study realism art over the summer (which after going through the trials of hell I achieved), but at an expense of me having to live as cheaply as possible until I start generating some income. Since i'm studying in Canada on a student visa at a private institution not recognized by the Canadian government, this means that I cannot apply for a student work visa, so legally I can't seek out work/apply for a regular work visa until I already get hired somewhere up here.
That's another issue entirely, but long story short if I don't start generating some necessary extra income i'll be cut off at the knees on a lot of activities, the biggest factor being to bulk up this summer.
I've learned that i've hit a bit of a glass wall when it comes to training in terms of strength, and that's the fact that I don't have the body mass desperately needed to shape into hard-hitting muscle force. I'm an extremely skinny guy with a hyper-metabolism, so this has always been a real problem for me. Right now my figure is actually very toned, but that's only really beneficial if you're working out just to look pretty, and not gain some real upper body strength, which is required for upper body strikes and explosive energy. Fortunately for me, Krav Maga is more about core energy (which I have), and the best KM instructors in the world are lanky, skinny dudes, which is great for me in the long run. Right now I need that extra size to build confidence in my form and power, because technique, while superior, only comes after many hard years of practice, where as size can be acquired through months in comparison.
But again, my overall problem is that to really knuckle down on this, i'm going to have to learn how to prepare high-calorie intake meals, as well as have the extra bank necessary to stock up to eat four hearty meals a day. In the meantime, what are some things that I can buy that won't rape my budget to hard and leave my wallet in ruins? Stuff on the cheap that has an assload of carbs and the vitamins that I need to fulfil my daily intake?
I don't have a scale, so i'll give you my current weight/size dimensions as soon as I can, but I need to know what is a realistic weight goal to shoot for during my five month break from my primary school.
On a related note, Toronto's beef/meat quality is horrible and over-priced in comparison to my home state of Texas, and I don't like dropping $TEXAS for shit cuts of beef, chicken and pork. If anyone could help with this i'd greatly appreciate this as well.
TL : DR - Need to bulk up size for Krav Maga instructor training without killing my food budget costs. What can I do and what type of meal plan should I shoot for during my five month break?