It’s a beautiful day in sunny Southern California, the air is still crisp with hints of winter and you are out running a few errands. You hit the gym, grab a coffee and stop at the market to pick up a few items. You park, slam your door and turn towards the entrance. Oh no! IT’S THEM! They’re back and they see you coming. It’s too late to get back in your car now! You. Can’t. Hide. With their devilish grins and braided locks, freshly pressed kelly green uniforms and those damned colorful boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs. It’s Girl Scout Cookie time. *sigh*
So what’s so different between avoiding the processed, sugar filled, gluten filled store bought cookies and the processed, sugar filled, gluten filled Girl Scout cookies? For one, the store bought cookies don’t have a tiny PR person gleefully screaming out, “Would you like to buy some cookies?!?” And two, these little girls work their butts off raising money for their non-profit group which is pretty darn commendable if you ask me. Some of them go door-to-door, they stand out in the elements and they are being taught valuable life lessons at a very early age (clearly nutrition isn’t one of them but that’s another story).
I had my first encounter this past week. A passenger on one of my flights succumbed to the pressures of her 8 year old niece and purchased an entire shopping bag full of those Girl Scout Cookies and proceeded to bring them on the plane with her. Surely these sugar pushers will be popping up at your local grocers, hardware stores and drug stores within the next few days. They will drive a hard sale and make you believe in their cause. But do you really want to take those cookies home and sabotage yourself right before our Nutritional Challenge???
Here are a few tips to avoid those sugar bombs and their willful, in-your-face sales girls:
– donate to their cause but don’t take the cookies
– some cookie stands will give you the option of purchasing cookies but will send them to overseas soldiers (or you could do this yourself)
– buy some but donate the cookies to local shelters
And here are a few cowardly, yet effective, tips on avoiding a regretful purchase:
– pretend to be on your cell phone and walk past them as quickly as you can
– lie and say you just bought some from your niece
– pretend to not speak english
Clean and Jerk 3 x 2
Then 5 rounds: