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Making the minimum -- poor choices

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I've been sick for about a week and am still recovering. We passed a nasty bout of strep around the family and just when I thought we were starting to pull out of it an even nastier cold made the rounds. My poor three year old has been on antibiotics for days and has just woken up from his nap with a raging fever yet again.

So my eating has been off. That's understandable, right? I've been struggling to hit my minimum calorie targets for a couple of days now and yesterday I had a bright idea -- chocolate! I had a full serving of chocolate (my favorite holiday peppermint kisses) and because it is candy and not the kind of substantial food I usually eat I had no trouble getting it down. I had no trouble stopping at a serving and I still ended up just 30 calories over my daily minimum. And I only got there by having a bunch of crackers at the end of the day.

So today here it is 2:45. On a normal day I will be through about 2/3 of my daily calories at this point. I am not. So I broke out a bag of peppermint M&Ms I've been saving, measuring out a single serving, and have been snacking on them one at a time. They are good. I am enjoying it. But my head says this is stupid. Is it really worth eating 220 calories of sugar just to avoid being under on my calories? That's 13% of my daily calories from added sugar. But if it's not the chocolate, it will be equally empty crackers. My system simply does not want to devote any resources to digestion right now.

What do you think? How important is it to hit the calorie minimum every day?
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    That's a good question...

    Since the chocolate isn't really beneficial for anything else, you're better off to not eat anything and be under your calorie minimum. Especially since it's not a 'normal' thing for you. It is more important to eat something healthy every three hours and end up with a balanced day than to meet a minimum number of calories.

    Hope your family gets feeling better soon!! emoticon
    1674 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2013 4:18:32 PM
    Thanks for your input.

    Just to clarify, the question is whether it makes sense to eat candy or crackers or junk to get up to the calorie minimum when I simply can't eat more healthy food.

    I am not eating candy "just because I want to" though if I really did I would make room for it in my calorie budget as a normal thing. I do occasionally. That's why I even have the candy in the first place -- there are a couple of seasonal treats (the white chocolate mints) that I particularly enjoy so I saved a couple of packages from December for when I do want them. And they are coming in handy now because I can always eat chocolate even when I have no appetite for anything else.
    I can equally easily eat nothing. The question is which I should do -- eat nothing or eat sugar.
    1674 days ago
  • EWL978
    I understand and certainly in a "perfect" world, it would not matter that there was illness involved, you would just eat the candy because you wanted to do so.

    But you have some circumstances that make you want to forgive and forget it and just go on. So, DO IT!! Get it over with!! Then, maybe you can go on.

    Now, isn't that better? You don't need anyone's permission or forgiveness, you're a grown up....after all, what would you tell your son?

    So, instead of any more of this, just do what's right. You know that you need to
    change your way of eating and when do you plan to start??

    Keep on keeping on...

    emoticon ------- emoticon

    (you're not the only one who ever ate candy.
    1674 days ago
    I think it is important to hit the calorie minimum.. People say that you will lose weight faster if you are over the minimum and under the maximum. Something about starvation mode and slowing down the metabolism. WHo knows?

    Make Today a Great Day!
    1674 days ago
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