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Food for donations

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRUCKERWIFE2 2/5/2013 4:01PM

    Our booster club encourages people to give to the school directly. Most people don't realize that the organization they are donating to when they get those cookies, cookie dough ect. only receives less than 50% of what you pay out. Giving to the hospital, girl scout troop ect directly ensures they get 100% of what you donated. Great idea!

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CC3833 2/5/2013 2:18PM

    Good blog... important message. You can still donate without eating the food.

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1MANKNEY 2/5/2013 11:55AM

    I would much rather give the donation directly. Good idea. I will pass that along to my husband for the people he buys cookies from at his work. I can easily eat a whole box of GS cookies in one sitting. Love those thin mints!

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LJCANNON 2/5/2013 11:33AM

    emoticon IHOP often gave out Free Pancakes with a Survey on your Receipt. I don't want the Pancakes so I started giving my receipt to the waitress after I paid and asking her to give it to someone who could/would use it.
emoticon As you have discovered, you CAN participate in the Promotions WITHOUT wearing the Evidence!

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GINGERD03 2/5/2013 11:17AM

  Good blog-I agree...most of these promotions are of course to make $$ so offering a cheap (not so healthy) meal or item is normally what you end up with. I think if you want to help it's awesome just to give to the foundation etc... and skip all the bad calories if possible.

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