Thursday, March 10, 2011

Let there Be Light--NOT and Girl Scout Cookies

I have been in heaven lately. For the past couple of weeks I have actually been able to get up in the morning in the light. Being able to wake up when the sun is up makes such a HUGE difference. It changes my whole attitude and energy level for the day.

So you can imagine my dismay to discover that this weekend we have to move the clocks forward. That means that not only do I have to start getting up an hour earlier (bummer), but it's going to start to be pitch dark again when I do so (MAJOR bummer).

Yeah, I know, I get the "but it's sunnier later in the day" yada, yada, yada crap all the time. But, I'm sorry, I'd rather be able to wake up with the sun up, then get an extra hour of sunlight after work.

That's just me.

Now, on to a new rant. It's Girl Scout cookie time, and I have a daughter who's a Girl Scout, and not only is she a Girl Scout, but I'm actually one of the "cookie Moms."

This means I'm obligated to not only sell cookies, but am on the hook to buy multiple boxes for my family (although the local food pantry gets a sizable donation).

Now, I usually disapprove of having cookies in the house, primarily because if there's one thing that I have ABSOLUTELY NO WILLPOWER over, it's cookies.

I love cookies, and having boxes of Tag-A-Longs, Samoas and Dulce de Leches in the house is just not a good thing.

Thank God, that I don't like Thin Mints. Yes, I realize that's sacrilege, but the combination of chocolate and mint does nothing for me. Peanut butter and chocolate, on the other hand, that's an entirely different story.

As you can imagine, I generally order mostly Thin Mints.

To balance out the cookies I'm eating this week, I've gone vegetarian. In fact, I'm trying to eat mostly raw/vegan to balance out the extra calories from the cookies.

Thank God Girl Scout Cookies only around for just a few weeks every year.


  1. Man those cookies are my downfall.. those Tagalongs just tag a long right to my ass ;)

  2. my daughter was selling glad that is over!

  3. I think it is a conspiracy as they go on sale when we are all trying to get over holiday binging in January and arrive just in time for Spring DETOX time!!!!

    I won't touch them anymore...we do give a nice donations to the lovely girl scouts in our town though. Here's why we don't eat them -

    Artificial food dyes: Dulce de Leche (yellow #5, yellow #6, blue #2), Caramel deLites ® (Red #40, Yellow #5, Blue #2), Peanut Butter Patties (Red #40, Yellow #5, Blue #1, Blue #2) note, a few cookies contained caramel color, often derived from GMO corn sources.

    Hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats: Do-Si-Dos®, Samoas®, Tagalongs®, Thin Mints, Caramel DeLites®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Thanks a Lot, Lemonades.

    High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Dulce de Leche, Thin Mints (ABC), Peanut Butter Patties®, Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds, Thanks a Lot.

    GMO Soy products: All varieties (usually in the form of soybean oil and/or soy lecithin)

    GMO corn products: Lemon Chalet Cremes, Do-Si-Dos®, Samoas®, Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Much, Tagalongs®, Thin Mints, Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Thanks a Lot, Lemonades.

    Artificial flavors: Lemon Chalet Cremes (artificial ginger flavor), Trefoils, Samoas®, Dulce de Leche, Tagalongs®, Thin Mints, Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds, Thanks a Lot, Lemonades

    Other notes: Shortbread is traditionally made with butter, flour, and sugar. The Girl Scout variety contains no butter but does have 11 ingredients, including palm oil and artificial flavors.

    The cookie closest to ‘real food’ is possibly the Thank U Berry Munch, which has actual dried cranberries and no hydrogenated oils, but it still contains corn syrup solids and artificial flavors.

    The cookie farthest from ‘real food’ are Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites and Dulce de Leche. Peanut Butter Patties have sugar as the first ingredient, hydrogenated oils, food colors, HFCS, artificial flavoring, and GMO ingredients. Caramel deLites have sugar as the first ingredient, GMO corn and soy, hydrogenated palm oils, HFCS, Red #40, Yellow #5, and artificial flavors. Dulce de Leche cookies contain GMO ingredients, HFCS, and yellow #5.

    The products produced by Girl Scout cookie supplier ABC Bakeries are particularly filled with “fake” food, especially HFCS and fake colors.