I have a long history with the Girl Scouts, starting in childhood. I remember all those meetings, whether we were making toys for needy children or camping out and making S’mores (graham crackers, chocolate and melted marshmallow sandwiches) in front of a roaring fire. I also sold Girl Scout cookies. A fair share of them were eaten by me and plenty of boxes were bought by family members. We loved those cookies!
When I was a kid, eating a few cookies (or even most of a box, sometimes) didn’t result in a quick weight gain – or any at all. I was active, in sports and I had the metabolism of a kid. As time has passed, I have yearned wistfully for that lost metabolism and had to work extra hard to keep off the pounds. So far, I’ve succeeded.
But one of the greatest challenges I face is when Girl Scouts come knocking at the door, cookies in hand. Not only do my taste buds perk up but so do my charitable impulses.
I want to buy those cookies. I want to bring smiles to those young faces. Most of all, I want to sit down with a cold glass of milk, savor some Thin Mints, Samoas or Trefoils. Just eating them brings back memories.
Unfortunately, I have a hard time stopping with just one cookie. I find it nearly impossible. While I’ve tried all sorts of tactics, from looking at this as a test of endurance or willpower to trying to “just say no”, I find myself breaking down in the wake of all that history and nostalgia. When it comes to those cookies, I have untapped levels of emotional hunger – and memories – just waiting to be discovered. The cookies always win and the effects show up quickly on my hips, thighs and other areas of my body.
Over time, however, I’ve found ways to buy Girl Scout cookies and stick to my diet.
Here’s my sometimes unconventional ways of doing this:
1. Buy Girl Scout cookies.
If you like Girl Scout cookies, buy them. The weight will not immediately transfer itself to your hips and thighs even if you think it will. You’ll just have to trust me on this one. But buy as many as you want, in whatever flavors and varieties you or your family members or friends like. Buy some for your adult child….ahem…your adult offspring....while you are at it. You can find out more at The Girl Scout cookies website, located here:
2. Plan ahead.
Look closely at the Meet the Cookies section at the Girl Scout cookies website. Imagine how they taste. Try to savor their aromas. Really get to know those cookies. Again, no pounds gained.
3. Once You’ve bought Girl Scout cookies, have a game plan.
If you don’t have the willpower to eat just one or two or even three at a time, admit it (raising hand here). It take a brave person to own up to such weakness. I’m that brave – are you? If you are that person, eat those one or two (or even three) cookies and then hand the box to a trusted adult. A child will do in a pinch. Just make sure that person is prepared to say no to you, no matter how much you beg, whimper or even stomp your foot in anger.
4. Make sure the Girl Scout cookies you’ve bought for others are shipped or delivered to them immediately.
I’ve been caught red-faced before after telling someone I’ve bought Samoas or Tagalongs for them, only to eat them before delivery was made. So make sure you or a trusted adult delivers them immediately. If your adult ch…offspring…lives nearby, consider making a quick drive over there to deliver the cookies in person and make an escape before they can offer some to you in thanks.
5. Find a successful way to incorporate your cookies into your diet plan.
The only way I can do this is by having my trusted adult, AKA my husband, dole out cookies to me in measured amounts. I savor every calorie.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Remember, you can win the battle of the bulge while supporting the scouts.