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?