Having had similar experiences where just picking what to have for lunch has become an insurmountable decision, I thought I'd share a little hard-won wisdom I picked up from a very experienced backpacker.
Always Carry Peanut M&M's in your tankbag.
There are three reasons for this:
- You are going to end up in a situation where you're so hungry you can't think right eventually. The sugar and protein (from the peanuts) will give you enough of a boost that you'll be able to think rationally again, and come up with a new plan.
- No matter what, Peanut M&M's sound good, unless you aren't hungry. Even then, they'll sound good. I've had times when trail mix, on the other hand, sounded awful even though I was starving. Hunger can make you stupid. Packing Peanut M&M's is planning ahead to outsmart stupid-hungry-you.
- If I remember my M&M lore correctly, the darn things were designed to be durable. They melt in your mouth, not in your tankbag.
This works. Peanut M&M's have saved the day for me on more than one occasion. Unless you've got an allergy to something in them, I would strongly recommend carrying them.
I wouldn't recommend them as your entire meal plan, but in a pinch, there's nothing better.
So, get a bag of Peanut M&M's (or a dozen. I mean, they're good...) and throw 'em in your tankbag.
You can thank me later.