Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Today is National Pancake Day and at IHop, they're giving away free short stacks and asking for a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Pretty soon we'll be seeing Girl Scouts everywhere with their little temptations.
I'm sure there are other promotions that happen frequently, like go to a certain restaurant and a percentage is donated to your local school. Spaghetti dinners for a victim of some health thing, school functions with popcorn and pizza, movie night, ice cream sundaes for a fundraiser!
It's all tempting, in the name of giving to the place that's asking for the donations. It's also a possibility to be part of those promotions if you put it in your tracker and figure out your limits for the day. I find that most of the things that are being promoted are high carb items that are also full of sugar or some other thing that we don't really need in our diet.
Last year, instead of buying Girl Scout cookies from the girls trying to sell them in front of WalMart, I simply gave them $10 for their troop. I did not need the cookies, I only like one flavor and even that one flavor doesn't taste as good as it used to.
The promotions for donations probably bring in a huge amount of money, but I have found the majority of them lacking in good food. I don't mind donating, in fact I give to the church my old clothes that are still in good condition, I've given money to good places, I volunteer my time to the school. I give what I can, but I don't want the extra calories when donating.
So, I'm not saying you shouldn't ever participate in these functions, but remember what you want to put in your mouth. It's not worth your health if it's going to throw you off for the week. Enjoy the small treats, but don't give into more than you wish to consume and be sure to track everything you eat, even if it's the full short stack or a whole box of Girl Scout cookies. If you feel bad about eating the food, then just give the donation and move on. We should never feel the need to eat what has been presented in the name of donations.