In another year, ask my niece and nephew if they will remember eating whole wheat pasta and broccoli with their aunt (which they did), or whether they remember building this gingerbread house with me. I know what I'll remember (hint: Not the pasta).
Food is fuel. But it's not just fuel.
Food is celebration. It brings us together. We create warm fuzzy memories around it. Food is nostalgia, and when we eat special meals together, it just feels good.
I don't want to live in a world without special holiday treats, and I don't think you should have to live without them, either, even if you're trying to lose weight.
The catch, though, is that sugary, salty, fatty holiday treats are all too plentiful, cheap and easy. They're stacked up in office break rooms, lined up in coffee shop cases, and piled up at the cash registers of every convenience store, supermarket and casual eatery.
When we indulge in cheap, made-without-love versions of these foods on a regular basis, the specialness of these treats is blunted. So treat treats as treats: Choose the best quality, and enjoy them on special occasions with people you love, and enjoy!