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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/3/13 4:02 P

Track and prep your meals ahead of time.

I'm not sure that drinking high-carb fruit juice at the end of the days is a great plan. What about having a piece of fruit then, or with your lunch?

TOBI-DAWNE SparkPoints: (13,795)
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12/3/13 10:49 A

Thanks Hadley! I appreciate that. :)

Everyone else, yesterday was the day before grocery day and yeah... reserves were pretty empty. I normally hit between 1100 and 1200 a day, any more than that tends to be a struggle But last night I was WAY low at 7:30 clocking in only half my spark people recommendations. That only happens once every couple of weeks - it's not a normal thing.

As for a sandwich or granola right before bed, I just can't bring myself to put something that heavy in my stomach that late... So even if the pantry hadn't been running low I don't think I'd consider either of those to be an option.

My question was answered though, thanks everyone. It's better to under eat than to eat junk just to reach a calorie number.

Oh! And fruit juice was actually recommended to me by the folks here. I have a hard time reaching my calorie amount without drinking some calories. It wasn't something I used to purchase.

Edited by: TOBI-DAWNE at: 12/3/2013 (10:51)
12/3/13 7:50 A

I agree wholeheartedly with MICHELLEXXXX.

If I could only suggest one thing to change in a persons diet that would give them the most health and weight loss benefit it would be to stop eating and drinking sugars.

Fruit juice is only slightly better for you than pop because it contains so much sugar. Eat the whole fruit instead and I can guarantee you will start to feel and look better.

Try eating more healthy foods earlier in the day. I personally like a big breakfast and lunch and then a smaller dinner.

HADLEY123 SparkPoints: (22,511)
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12/3/13 7:42 A

In the beginning of my Spark journey, I had this same problem. I'd find myself in the kitchen at night making popcorn and ice cream sundaes that I truly didn't want (and grumbling under my breath about it) just to hit my minimum calories and protein.

I do tend to save up some calories for a sweetie in the evening because I'm a reformed smoker and I just need that to be satisfied. After a couple of weeks I started figuring it out. A little more fiber and protein at breakfast has helped. The other thing that has helped is eating generally the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. If it fits in the meal plan and keeps me satisfied, I don't care if there isn't much variety. I get my variety at dinnertime.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,229)
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12/3/13 6:10 A

I would encourage you to eat healthy foods when hungry, stop when full.
I would donate any storebought juices to a shelter.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 12/3/2013 (12:40)
OLGA18 SparkPoints: (23,482)
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12/3/13 4:17 A

If you are going that much under your calories on a regular basis perhaps you should reevaluate your whole meal plan. You start with a good, healthy breakfast. You can also do, as others suggested, keep healthier items on hand. If a snack is what you are going to eat why not have that apple and have some nuts or cheese with it? Nuts and cheese are relatively high calories but they are nutritious as opposed to chips and ice cream, which are not.
It's really just a matter of choices....whether to keep ice cream and chips on hand for snacking or whether to keep fruit, cheese and nuts on hand for snacking.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,274
12/2/13 11:25 P

why could you not have granola and yogurt with your fruit? or cheese? or nuts/nut butter? do you have nothing on hand with which to make a sandwich? any actual food that you could make up? eating is probably a good idea. eating junk that contributes nothing isn't going to do much for you. the 1200 minimum is a nutrient minimum. which means that unless you've worked out your menu with a registered dietitian, it's quite unlikely that you just happen to get all the nutrients you need in fewer calories. which means chips aren't really going to be bringing anything to the table that you need. actual food is what is going to help you get what you need. i'm not sure why that didn't make your list of options.

how often are these half days? if you're looking at no more than once every other week, i'd say not to worry, particularly if you are averaging in your 1500+ range even with them. if these are more frequent things the best thing you can do is to find ways to avoid being in this situation in the first place. which could be making sure you take a cal check at eleven and four so that you have a few extra hours to eat. it might be making sure that you have granola bars, trail mix, dehydrated fruits and veggies and other shelf stable decent foods on hand so that you can easily grab them and eat when you get busy. it might be setting alarms so that you eat when you are supposed to. but finding a way to not be in that situation in the first place is going to be your best bet.

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12/2/13 10:53 P

I think it's the wrong question. Neither is a good option. (And it's a false dilemma on top of that -- there's no need to eat things you know are not good for you in order to make up for not eating earlier in the day. Plenty of decent things could do the same trick.) You need to figure out a way to get the correct amount of nutrients and energy into your body consistently.

OMALLEYC Posts: 607
12/2/13 9:01 P

In my opinion, a low intake one day is better than eating a high-fat snack just to get to your calories. Why take in all that fat and sugar just to reach a "magic number"?

TOBI-DAWNE SparkPoints: (13,795)
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12/2/13 8:53 P

So... there are days when I just don't eat like I should. When I get way too busy and don't stop to think about things until too late. I try to track my intake and output (calorie-wise) throughout the day, but there are days when I don't have a chance to do so until it's 7:30 PM. That is today. And I realized I had taken in less than half of what I should have. So I guzzled down two cups of juice which added on another 100 calories and brought me to almost exactly HALF of my recommended intake. Not good.

This means I need to choose the lesser of two evils. Neither which is good for me, but there has to be one that is better than the other for days like this (and these days aren't often, usually I can take in close to 1200 - which is generally about 300 less than my recommended intake, but better than being at half). So. Do I just have my usual evening snack of fruit, or do I have something like ice cream or chips to help bring my calorie count up. I don't like the idea of eating junk at night, but I also don't like the idea of being so far below my recommend calorie consumption.

So nutrition experts, which is better? Staying at a stupid low intake or eating something not good for me? Neither is GOOD, but one has to be better for these kinds of days than the other.

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