I LOVE cookies. I particularly love homemade, fresh out of the oven, chocolate chip cookies. But I'm equally in love with snickerdoodles, chewy gingersnaps, oatmeal raisin, sugar cookies with frosting...you get the picture. Just don't put nuts in my cookie (why would you ruin a good thing?) Because I love cookies so much, they are pretty much a regular part of my diet. I know that other foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy, proteins) are much more nutritious for my body. While, cookies are not totally devoid of nutrients, lets not kid ourselves, they aren't going to be America's next super food. So shouldn't we avoid cookies? If they aren't good for you, why eat them?
I eat them because they make me happy. Yup. Some may call it emotional eating, I call it emotional health. Because I know that my brain health is just as important as my body health. And if my brain really really wants a cookie, because that will make my day that much more awesome, then I am going to have a cookie. And I am going to enjoy that cookie. And savor that cookie. And not once feel guilty about eating that cookie. Then I am going to thank my lucky stars that cookies exist, because they are so delicious!