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Homemade Girl Scout Cookies? REALLY, Sparkpeople???

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I know it's all about "everything in moderation", and I understand that Spark is a gigantic site and not all articles are going to be viewed as helpful by all people.

But an article by Stepfanie Romine, a Sparkpeople Editorial Director, on how to make your own Girl Scout cookies seems to be over the top!!!!

AND, using the already-decadent Girl Scout cookies as a dessert INGREDIENT? That just leaves me speechless.

I really don't like seeing recipes on Spark for things I consider trigger foods (such as the herb-flavored potato chips that are also on my start page today). If I could control cookies and potato chips I wouldn't need Sparkpeople to begin with. If I see a recipe for an 8x8 pan of brownies that I'm supposed to cut into 32 servings? I'm not making it. In my book an 8x8 pan of brownies is 4-6 servings!

Ms. Romine's biography doesn't say that she's ever had a weight problem, and I'm thinking that's part of the reason for this Spark article "faux pas".

Am I overreacting? What do you think about this article?
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  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    emoticon I totally agree!!
    1587 days ago
    I think it'd be ok if they were truly trying to make a healthier version..but to use the actual cookies in the recipe as you say...that's ridiculous! Do I find it over the top? Not really but I don't think it was the best thinking on Spark's part!
    1588 days ago
    I TOTALLY agree with you! I was shocked to see the Girl Scout Cookie makover recipe. I was about to click on it to see how they did it and I stopped myself -- "why click on it -- you shouldn't eat it or make the cookies" and I "walked" away.
    1588 days ago
    I argue that, whether or not we have identical triggers, the vast majority of us are here to work toward good health. Even that small minority who wishes to use SP to gain weight would be better served to do so in a healthy way.

    Cut-down recipes, reduced-fat recipes, it doesn't matter--potato chips and cookies simply are not the foods of health. No such foods, in moderation or not, add nutritional value.

    I would think Spark People might better serve its stated mission/purpose by concentrating on recipes that encourage healthful eating. We can all go elsewhere to find recipes that allow us to "eat a healthy brownie" or "indulge in our favorite pie without blowing the entire day's calorie range." Spark should, according to its own manifesto, be guided by the premise of health.

    However, there also stands the issue of freedom of speech. Spark is free to post anything which meets the Supreme Court's definition of acceptable according to the framework of that amendment.

    But we are also free to ignore anything they post.

    And that is what I do. I am grateful that Spark People exists, and I read those articles and recipes that bring me closer to good health. But I have become so accustomed to ignoring the less-healthful parts of Spark that I don't even see these recipes any more. I know they are garbage, no matter how you justify them as part of the "eat-anything-in-moderation" mentality, and I just pay no attention.

    Perhaps you could do something similar?

    Whatever method you develop to get past these sorts of articles/recipes of the day, I wish you the best at implementing it.

    Thank you for such a thought-provoking post.

    1588 days ago
    I agree with FangFacekitty! The Girl Scout cookie recipes or sweet treats don't trigger me at all. I don't react or pay attention and just keep doing what I need to do. I appreciate that Sparkpeople is free and feel grateful that advertising is helping pay for a wonderful site! emoticon
    1589 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon I totally agree with you!!!
    1589 days ago
    emoticon emoticon
    I pick & choose and TWEAK a lot of Spark Recipes because I find them high in calories/wwpoint plus...
    So I use them as ideas....and then basically make my own counting what I add to the recipe.
    AND...I only make things that I consider are staple like foods....why waste calories/points on things that have no good food values?

    Cookies? Chips? Desserts? that they say are made to serve 8 or 12....which means I get the smallest of amounts....are not on myc menus!

    And why? Does Spark people show a picture that make sit seem as if we can have what is in the pictures? THEN~ they say you can only have 1/12 or 1/8 of this?

    I DO LOVE SPARKS! And I DO love reading how others comment on recipes because like me~~they cut down the calorie count by using different ingredients than sparks does....
    AND I DO LOVE the support/frendships I make here on Sparks! BUT sometimes Sparks just needs to get real!!
    1589 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2014 9:59:51 PM
    Yeah, that's kind of why I generally ignore the "official" content on this site, anymore.

    I'm here for the regular folks, especially the other maintainers, who HAVE lived both the loss and the keeping it off. I'll spend my time reading a blog by NELLJONES any day, rather than peruse the "official" material on here.

    In the end, I guess we need to make our own environments, filled with things that we find helpful, and toss the rest. Just like with our food and exercise strategies.

    1589 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2014 9:54:01 PM
    emoticon same for me, these things are triggers instead of helpful. it would be nice if we could opt out of food articles, ads and suggestions.
    1589 days ago
    Canadian Girl Guides (so far as I know) have only 2 types of cookies: vanilla and chocolate. And: when I was a Guide I hated selling cookies.

    I checked out one of these recipes -- the waffles made out of cookies! and with caramel sauce!! -- and frankly I am incredulous. Really? here? Like finding those darn potato chips in the vending machine at my gym!! Sabotage, basically.
    1589 days ago
    I think it's a questionable choice to include an article that isn't focused on healthier food choices.
    1589 days ago
    There are no questionable ads when I log in from my desk top, blocked them :)
    I haven't seen the article or the recipe, but I was thinking the other day that they push a whole lot of sweet stuff. Dessert altered is still dessert. Might have fewer calories, but I'm sure that won't change the trigger effect. I stay away from all of that stuff. My sweet treat these days is 90% cocoa dark chocolate. Here I can actually only eat one piece and walk away.

    (My 8x8 brownies get cut into 9 pieces and usually eaten in 3 to 4 settings. Ouch!)

    1589 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2014 8:09:38 PM
    I agree with you. I wish they would edit this kind of stuff out. I would rather not see pictures of things filled with butter, sugar and white flour.
    1589 days ago
    I try to ignore the ads for questionable foods that keep the site free.
    I've also seen several recipes that seem "counter-intuitive" on a weight loss site, but I just skip them and move on.

    It may be hurtful to some members who are triggered by such things, and thus it has not been well thought through before posting. We're getting so much GOOD stuff for free, that I find it hard to complain very loudly. (Now if my personal trigger, Hershey's kisses, started popping out of my computer screen into my hand, I'd have to say something between unwrapping and eating too many of them!!)
    1589 days ago

    The idea of making your own cookies is only helpful to Sparkpeople IF it is more healthy for us. Otherwise, why make your own? I missed the article on potato chips but the same reasoning applies. I don't need more access to recipes that are not good for me. I need help to lose weight and learn to maintain it. Shame on you Stephanie for thinking this article and the other are appropriate here.

    Gini emoticon
    1589 days ago
    I wish there was a button we could use to "hide" trigger food articles/recipes- but like they say, the site is free and most of the content is awesome. Take the best and leave the rest. emoticon
    1589 days ago
    emoticon I think there are much better articles they could promote. I'm struggling with girl scout cookie season and don't need more reminders. emoticon
    1589 days ago
    You put it well.
    1589 days ago
    I totally agree. When I first started I blogged about a picture of a luscious looking pizza that stared me down every time I logged on. i was shocked. Now, I'm used to it and just skip right over the bad pictures and recipes - although the girl scout cookie recipes this morning did strike me as a new low. I used to eat an entire box of girl scout cookies in one day. I don't even want to say the name of my favorites (they are the most fattening) Personally, I think it is like advertising vodka on an AA site.
    1589 days ago
  • LETHA_
    Yea, I hate to see this too. Every time I see something on Spark I don't love I tell myself it's still worth the price I'm paying. $0.00. The nutrition tracker and the recipe builder are great. I really wish they could add a little functionality to their discussion forums. Like the ability to post photos or for team leaders to be able to move a post from one forum to another. But again, it's free and I've not seen anything else for free that's even close.

    1589 days ago
    1589 days ago
    I've become used to looking past a lot that is unhelpful or seems to conflict with their program for the sake of free -- most usually the ads. I'm puzzled about what SP thought producing this article would add to their messaging though; the brief aside mention of possibly subbing healthier ingredients seems to be a weak attempt to make it 'fit.' My category for it: Disappointing.
    1589 days ago
    All members have different needs, and as such I don't consider these types of articles over the top. These are not trigger foods for all members, and not all members have the need or desire to completely avoid these types of foods.

    To me, if it is not something I am interested in, or I know I don't like...I avoid the article.
    1589 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Unless the recipes specifically states it is a makeover recipe for something I would like to eat normally, I ignore it. Usually soup, casseroles, salad dressings, veggie prep.
    Some people actually DO belong to Sparks to ,(gasp!), do not faint!! GAIN WEIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, it is difficult to believe, but it is true... I am not sure why she would post a naughty recipe, but I guess you could ask her directly..

    Some recipes are for potlucks.. Others here are so un-appetizing, I would not even consider TRYING them.

    1589 days ago
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