So…I wondered to myself after a very long and dreary day on Monday…
As I was driving home, as low as I’ve been in a while (my favorite employee tendered her resignation) I knew I needed something comforting upon my arrival home. There are two ways this comfort could go, in my mind: sugar or alcohol.
Which made me then start to try to weigh pros and cons, and I arrived at the question:
worse better more beneficial to my mental health and less detrimental to my physical health:
Two donuts or two beers?
There is an AMAZING donut shop on my way home from work. It’s a local place where they make fresh donuts on site every day. It’s a heavenly experience just walking in the door.
On the other hand…I had two pints of Murphy’s Stout cooling their heels to chilled perfection in my fridge. Oooh the creamy foam.
Now…the answer couldn’t be “have both!” because while I’m certainly self destructive, I am lately trying to at least attempt to be a bit more health conscious.
Two donuts and two beers seemed a bit over the top.
So one might say “how about one donut and one beer?” That’s a fair question. Logical, really. I’ll spare you the long psychological reasoning, but I’ll simply confess that I have this weird OCD about having “just one.”
Whatever I was going to have, it was going to be two.
And don’t even bother suggesting “have neither and go take a walk.” I was way past that point.
So let’s get to the basic facts:
Two old fashioned donuts comprise 560 calories, 22 grams fat, 82 carbs, and 6 grams protein.*
Two pints of Murphy’s stout come up to 400 calories, 0 grams fat, 46 carbs, and 4 grams protein.
Hookay. Well, the beer is a few less calories, carbs and fat, so from a nutrition standpoint, beer seems to be the winner.
How about the mental side? Well, alcohol is a bit of a depressant and it was likely that after two beers I’d be even more maudlin than I already was (a good Irish depression). The sugar and carbs in the donuts are a serotonin booster, so for mood enhancement, the donuts win.
How about the after effects? Well, after the upside of the two beers wore off, I’d feel a bit headachy, dehydrated, bloaty, possible gastric distress and a bit mind muddled. After the good part of two donuts wore off I’d feel guilty, bloaty (owing to gluten sensitivity), possible gastric distress and a bit mind muddled. We’ll call this one a draw.
So now I’m back to square one. Both have benefits. Both have drawbacks.
How to choose?
It’s a delicious problem to have.
Photo credit: Thomas James Spravka
In case the suspense is killing you…I chose two old fashioned donuts for drowning my sorrows and I don’t regret it.
Nutrition info from My-Calorie-Counter.com
Photo by Thomas James Spravka and found on Draft Magazine