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squog master
By squog master Latest Reply 2012-07-04 22:37:26 -0500
Started 2011-01-23 22:16:14 -0600

Anyone else have this problem? It's that time of the year again in my area. Girl Scout Cookie time. There are boxes calling my name. They're so hard to resist.
And not just the cookies. The little Girl Scouts & Brownies with their little tooth-gapped smiles out in front of the grocery stores, and other places, looking up at you with shining eyes, asking, "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies?"

97 replies

WendyFR 2011-02-16 21:54:48 -0600 Report

I buy the samoas, I fit it into my meal and substitute and make sure I work out as well. I think if you can resist and only eat one (which I know is difficult) but 1 is better than none and you get your craving out of the way…Portion is the key, but that is just me. As for the rest of the box of cookies, I give it away, cause out of sight out of mind.

MarshaMarvin 2011-01-30 11:04:14 -0600 Report

Oh I have this same weakness. Girl Scout Cookies! I feel so guilty if I don't buy a box or two from the little girls. They look so cute in their uniforms. I'm addicted to the Thin Mints. I freeze them and I try to hide them from my sons. Last year I was good because I shared them so I didn't eat as many. I know I'm not suppose to have them.

Pynetree 2011-01-29 09:50:22 -0600 Report

Ha-ha-ha…familiar crave…for over a 20 yr. span, I was a G.S. leader, mom to 2 GS's,and ((drumroll)) had cases of cookies in our home for 5 wks or more. You can smell ThinMints thru the whole house! I was also on the Cookie Board at G.S.Council…we had to meet with 3 different Baking Co.'s and taste test 5 to 8 cookies from each of 3 companies, all on same day- "Hard , but someone had to do it!" LOL!
Now I'm retired, Girls grown(youngest still a leader), and only have grandSONs. So we buy a box, not Mints, or Do-si-dos…just trefoils, and eat 2 a day for dessert or with afternoon tea. We love GSing and want to support it…but have to be a bit responsible. <3 those cookies !

bdtcoupons 2011-01-28 09:38:25 -0600 Report

i feel that you shouldn't put these cookies so high up on a pedestal- it will start to create a good food/bad food relationship. if you want a cookie today- eat one. it will prevent you from downing an entire box when you feel overwhelmed. Diabetes has taught us to limit ourselves so much- why feel this way about a random cookie, include it in your meal plan- make it a part of your day, without feeling like its an addition.

MarshaMarvin 2011-01-30 11:09:15 -0600 Report

I wish I could. I will eat a whole box if you leave the Thin Mints in the room with me.

GabbyPA 2011-01-31 12:13:46 -0600 Report

This is when I wish I had the control my husband has. He can have a bag of cookies on his desk (that is where our goodies go) for weeks. He has a couple and he's good most of the time.

wilf 2011-01-26 15:50:54 -0600 Report

I bought the cookies and gave them to the grandkids and didn't even want a cookie.

loridowdy 2011-01-25 23:45:26 -0600 Report

Having Girl Scout cookies around make it hard. I try to limit the amount of boxes we end up with and I put them out when the kids are around so they eat a majority of them. Good luck all.

Anonymous 2011-01-26 02:47:19 -0600 Report

You can also donate the cookies to the blood bank or your church or any organization that has "snacks" for it's members. I call cookies of ALL types "evil". Not because of who makes or sells them, but because of what they do to me. I remember when GS cookies were only .35 per box. I was a second grader at the time. Then inflation kicked in.

baranbrat 2011-01-25 18:33:42 -0600 Report

there is a program where you can buy the cookies to go overseas to the troops. If you feel yourself crumbling and putting the money down, send it to the troops before you take them home. It would make a nice change to MRE's

GabbyPA 2011-01-26 08:59:13 -0600 Report

What a great idea! We have a local group here that is call Operation Shoe Box and they pack up boxes daily and send over. I bet the soldiers would love a taste of home that way.

joni55 2011-01-25 13:26:33 -0600 Report

At $3.50 a box, no, it is not a temptation. I do like the mint ones though. When I was a girl scout, they were $.50 a box. Boy, am I dating myself, lol.

Pynetree 2011-01-29 20:45:16 -0600 Report

When I was a GS in the '50's they went from $ .35 to $.45 then the $.50 …which we hated, because at $.45 people used to tell us to keep the $.05 change! LOL! But it was so much easier to make change.

pifkus 2011-01-25 14:46:40 -0600 Report

I do remember when they were hmm a box. I guess I am dating myself too. I love these mint ones and the tagalongs.

jayabee52 2011-01-25 13:29:36 -0600 Report

I remember that, OMgoodness I'm older than dirt! LoL!

squog master
squog master 2011-01-27 22:54:19 -0600 Report

When I was student teaching my supervising teacher had his 30th birthday. One of the other teachers poked her head in to wish him Happy b'day & joked about him being over the hill now. She was close to retirement age. After she left John said to me, "Hmm, If I'm over the hill, she must be over the mountain." LOL.

pifkus 2011-01-25 14:49:31 -0600 Report

I was Methulusa's midwife and ya know he was the oldest man in the bible. OMgracious I am up there. I would not want to be the one putting the candles on this B-day cake.

kweltina 2011-01-25 11:59:56 -0600 Report

boy do i understand everything you all said. it is girl scout cookie time and birthdays etc. and i love cake. my first year of dieberis was very hard and i worked hard on it . after i got over the initical shock and crying. now i did great . then i didnt take care of myself as i should. i gained my weight back and i dont know why. my insolin changed from novalog to humalog. {sp.} and i wander if tht was the cause>? i had a freind whose insulin changed and she really gained weight.
help!!! i am determined to lose that weight and more. any suggestions?
it is hard to try and walk during the winter because of ice and snow.

pifkus 2011-01-25 14:55:05 -0600 Report

I am with ya. I am almost at the point that I am ready to say what the heck. I have been diabetic for 22 years. Praise God I have no complications yet but I could stand to loose 25 pounds. Perhaps you could do some type of walking in place while you watch tv or jog in place. good luck and keep on keeping on.

baranbrat 2011-01-25 18:36:09 -0600 Report

I hear that. To be what they call the ideal weight, I would have to lose about 100 pounds. My husband enables my denial by telling me I look just fine and have a sexy butt, but I still qualify as morbidly obeise.

GabbyPA 2011-01-25 09:38:14 -0600 Report

You know it's hard. But you can give them a donation without taking the cookies. They will usually do that. Or you can buy them and then give them to a local food bank...that is risky though. I usually just have to walk in the other door of the store so I am not tempted. I used to sell those little buggers...I started young on my addiction. LOL

squog master
squog master 2011-01-25 09:45:58 -0600 Report

I just remembered something! When I was working before the emergency hernia surgery in july of '09 when I wanted a treat but didn't want to have it in the house forever, eating the whole box. I would share them with the kids at the School Aged Child Care program where I worked. Haven't worked sinced the surgery so this slipped my mind. Maybe I'll make a stop in after school one day with a little treat for the kids.

jayabee52 2011-01-25 06:53:13 -0600 Report

As I am a diabetic & kidney patient, I need to avoid potatoes & cheese (among other things) to maintain what little kidney function I have left. (Don't want have to go back on dialysis!). Went through drive through at Jack in the Box on Monday & they added chili cheese fries to their menu, and I used to love 'em! Boy were they hard to pass up! It's REALLY hard to eat in restaurants when you're both a diabetic & kidney pt. Most everything has cheese on it or potatoes with it.

Danni-the-diabetic 2011-01-25 12:31:33 -0600 Report

Hey James, I don't mean to sound naive, but why do you need to avoid cheese; what effect does that have on your kidneys?

jayabee52 2011-01-25 12:45:41 -0600 Report

It's been so long ago now that I forget the reason why. My RDE told me. Gonna have to research it and get back to you. I'm supposed to avoid all dairy, actually but don't remember why exactly. I just remember I'm supposed to avoid dairy (and I grew up on a dairy farm and used to drink whole un-pasteurized & non-homogenized milk almost straight from the cow - cooled off, of course) Loved it! It was traumatic for me to drink what I considered "white water")

MaltMom 2011-01-26 20:54:55 -0600 Report

James, my dad has kidney disease and has to limit foods with phosphorus and protein - so that leaves carbs! I've joked with him that we eat the exact opposite of each other. What kind of foods do you eat if you have kidney problems AND diabetes???

WARKE23 2011-01-24 21:57:33 -0600 Report

I quite smoking right after my last heart attack - after about 40 years. I slipped once or twice in the beginning - just a puff or two -= but I told myself the next one might be my last. I love the smell and would smoke still if there was a brand that would not kill me. There it is … the belief that what it is can hurt, maim or kill you - you have to believe it is bad for you first before you can avoid or quit that which crave. I slipped today and drank half a non-diet root beer. I threw the rest out as I understood that all the work I have been doing changing my diet this last two weeks was like putting down my smokes for the last time. I have to make it work… right? However I am still learning as I go. So will you -
this makes week two since I really understood I had type 2. My first doctor gave me 30 Mg of Actos a day and told me to come back in a month. no explanation no support so I dropped him after about 10 years of going to him. Kind of like giving up smoking - I found a new doctor who took the time to listen and explain things. Also someone I could see on weekends - can you imagine a doctor who is open on Saturday's?

try dark chocolate - in moderation - the more chocolate content the better. it helps quell my cravings ..

i also snack on Praeventia cookies - made with 70% cocoa and red wine extract - they are whole rolled oats , brown sugar (7g) canola etc… 21 carbs per pack 4 g dietary fiber 2 g protein - whoever dreamed these up really had me in mind .. they taste good and as far as i understand they are good as well for you.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-24 22:40:39 -0600 Report

Thanks! I do do the dark chocolate thing once in a while. Funny that I've always liked dark chocolate best. I'll check out the Praventia cookies. Can you get them in the regular grocery stores? I also have a Dr who is open on Sat. We live in the same town & he closes earlier on 2 days. He primarily did this so he could help coach his son's baseball team when he was little. So we, I'm on the trustee board of our baseball organization, made sure his games were scheduled for the days he closed early.

WARKE23 2011-01-24 22:46:45 -0600 Report

I have only found the cookies at Costco but they have a web site
I just checked my levels 141 tonight but I had it at 120 this morning.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-24 22:55:46 -0600 Report

My #s have been excellent lately, even with the higher dose of prednisone I'm taking right now. I think it has to do with the weight loss in the last 19 months. Because of that I was also able to get off my cholesterol & hypertension meds.

Swbtab03 2011-01-24 18:32:16 -0600 Report

as my dietician would say, you can have them but only 1 or 2 for a snack.
but a big guy like me heck I can eat a whole sleeve in one shot they are so good.
my iwfe actually brought some home but I have been extremely good (scary thought) cookies are my crutch more than anything else. I had dinner and latr on, had two cookies just to satisfy craving. numbers did not spike much at all.
I have 3 girls in the house so they wont last long anyways. lol

RedGloves 2011-01-24 16:57:47 -0600 Report

I had bought boy scout popcorn before my diagnosis and ate some then, but afterwards. no way. I ended giving it away because my hubby wouldn't eat it if I couldn't and even my 17-year-old said he took a bite and felt his teeth rotting, so I telll everyone, sorry. I might buy a candle or something, but don't expect me to buy anything sweet.

CaliKo 2011-01-24 17:07:57 -0600 Report

Does your husband only eat things that you can eat? If that's what you are saying, its the first time I've heard someone say that, but what a nice thing.
Sometimes I find my husband in the pantry eating something I can't and all I can do is laugh its so comical.
"What are you doing in the pantry?"
"Crunch Crunch … nothing … well, this bag of chips was calling your name so I ate it for you!"

Dev 2011-01-26 14:01:08 -0600 Report

My husband does not eat what I cannot eat in front of me. He eats it when he is travelling or having lunch by himself. I don't eat sweets in front of him either. Sometimes we indulge each other by buying something the other shouldn't eat so that we can offer just a bite or two of the tabu food.

baranbrat 2011-01-25 18:47:58 -0600 Report

My husband does all of hte grocery shopping and the cooking, which is really nice, but he makes what he wants and does not give much consideration to the diabetes. Almost like an unwanted guest at the dinner table. Even if I am being good, he always offers me some of what he is having. Man does that make things hard. I hate it. It is like he is in denial.

MewElla 2011-01-25 19:01:04 -0600 Report

Nice that he is helping with shopping and cooking, but you are probably right about him not realizing what you can and can not eat. That has to be hard, some people I know always try to tempt me, they just don't understand how important our food choices are. Hard to understand, right?

baranbrat 2011-01-25 19:32:10 -0600 Report

It happens at work too. I am a middle school teacher and they always do birthdays and other holidays where you bring a dish or the school/PTA provides food and it is always something I can't, or am not suppose to, eat. I don't always remember to bring things to eat, expecially parent teacher nights and the such, so it is eat what is there, or I wait until I get home at 7:30 8:00 pm.

MewElla 2011-01-26 07:20:46 -0600 Report

Folks just don't get it, we can't eat everything they do, or we pay for it. I have been in same situation and it is frusterating to me. Take care.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-01-25 11:41:30 -0600 Report

That totally sounds like something my fiance would do. He tries his best not to eat a lot of things I can't have because he says it makes him feel bad but I don't mind when he does since he's not the diabetic.

RedGloves 2011-01-24 20:19:31 -0600 Report

He tries to . . . but sometimes he does eat other stuff. I don't eat pork or beef because of my heart, but I found a pork loin in the freezer and made it for him and my son this weekend. I tied a new recipe on it, but didn't eat it myself because I had some really yummy left-over fish. He does try and I don't mind when he sneaks a little something on the side once in a while, but he's doing this for his health as well as mine . . .

CaliKo 2011-01-25 11:50:58 -0600 Report

I do that too, sometimes, when there's a bit of something left over that I can have but not enough for us all. I'll make them something I can't have those times.

roshy 2011-01-24 16:45:15 -0600 Report

What you need is a sign

Never mind the dog, beware of the Diabetic!!!

That will scare them off!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-24 16:44:44 -0600 Report


I totally relatecd to your post. I am not diabetic but am very hypoglycemic. I constantly crave sugarl but have to stay away from it. We have Girl Scouts in the building I live in, as well as various school fundraising campaigns. When we are not in Girl Scout cookine season, we are likely to be tempted by large candy bars.

I used to tell myself that I would buy a few, freeze them, and treat myself reasonbly and responsibily from time to time, or serve them to guests (yeah, right). Often, none my purchases made it to the freezer, and if they did, they didn't last long.

For me personallly, I have to use Nancy Reagan's old motto and "just say no." Instead, I make a donation of what I might have spent otherwise. I get to help out, and I get to feel virtuous.

It's not the same as gorging on a box of S'mores, my personal favoaite. But I also avoid the consequences.

Just one strategy to suggest.


roshy 2011-01-24 16:41:40 -0600 Report

i have this mental image of a pack of girl scouts harrasing a bunch of american diabetics with cookies!!you guys are bigger then them!! Come on now, pull up your socks and show them whose boss!!

squog master
squog master 2011-01-24 19:00:09 -0600 Report

I'm really not much bigger than them. LOL. Your mental image made me think of the scene in the movie The Pacifier with Vin Diesel. The little girl scouts are harrassed by boys when selling their cookies so Vin Diesel teaches them some kind of martial arts & when the boys come back…

CaliKo 2011-01-24 16:19:06 -0600 Report

No, I don't have a problem resisting girl scout cookies. Unless the girl scouts make the cookies themselves. Warm, home made cookies are an entirely different subject!

petals 2011-01-24 13:21:52 -0600 Report

Do I like I do ,say , I am sorry but I am a diabetic and I can't eat those, but good luck to you and your troop. Then runnn, those thin mints call my name every year, darn it!!

granniesophie 2011-01-24 13:19:49 -0600 Report

I have some kids at work (parents actually!) that I buy from, and they donate them to the troops overseas. That way I get to buy from a favorite group (I was a Scout, my kids were Scouts, I was a Scout Leader) and don't have any in the house, but I get the pleasure of knowing that I have given to the scouts so that they can get something for the troop, and they send a small ton of cookies over to the troops to enjoy another little piece of home! That makes me feel good about not being able to eat them, my share goes to somewhere way more important than in my belly!
Maybe you could ask your little salespeople when they come knocking if they are doing something like that, too. That way you don't buy for you, and you feel really good!

Grammie_K#1 2011-01-24 13:11:00 -0600 Report

If you are really desperate, post a sign on your door stating that you are not interested in purchasing cookies due to diet restrictions. That way you don't actually have to face them in person.
Sounds like you can resist when grocery shopping, so maybe it's just a sense of guilt in saying no to the kids that you're feeling.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-24 13:17:51 -0600 Report

In today's world we very rarely have door to door sales anymore so that is a plus. The only ones that would come to my door would be kids I know personally. That however is most of my town. LOL. And they know my car well.

Grammie_K#1 2011-01-24 13:38:20 -0600 Report

LOL. Maybe try a lapel pin? I have the same problem here. All the kids know I'm a push over. Maybe we can donate them to the local food bank for family's with kids? There is no real solution other than the path we choose ourselves, the one we feel the most comfortable with. I don't eat them, but do still buy a couple boxes for my husband and son's lunch boxes for when they go to work. Sometimes my hubby just take the whole box and shares with coworkers.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-24 13:58:21 -0600 Report

It's not that I'm a push over. There is a limit. Money doesn't grow on trees. Wait, yes it does, it's a paper product.(As 1 teenage niece pointed out to her dad once) LOL. I've worked & coached with the kids in town all my life. So just about everyone knows me. The neatest thing is for the last 8-10 years I've been getting 2nd generation students & players.

Grammie_K#1 2011-01-24 16:38:26 -0600 Report

LOL, I'm an old 4-H leader, so I feel your pain. Also, all the friends my kids had growing up now have their own kids. They all know I support kids programs anyway I can, thus I get targeted alot. Not to mention my own grandkids, lol. It's a circle, but I love them. Sometimes I just hand them $5 or $10 and don't place an order. It's easier (and sometimes cheaper). Plus the money goes straight to the organization - no middleman getting a cut. But, that only works if they are allowed to accept it.

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