It's true, I'm a snob. Most people wouldn't admit to it so quickly and emphatically, but I can't deny it. When it comes time to take a break from my clean diet, I become a complete food snob!When I choose to indulge in something I know isn't on my clean, healthy eating plan, I'm extremely picky. Why shouldn't I be? I spend 90% of my time carefully selecting the right types of fat, portion size, protein grams,the right carbs, timing of meals, pre and post work-out meals, and a plethora of vegetables so when I choose to have a treat, it better be amazing.I've found that being selective really helps prevent a complete over the top blow-out buffet style binge. The problem for a lot of us is that when we feel deprived, we over indulge when we hit a certain breaking point and we can't find any more self restraint in our carb depleted body. If, however, we have a carefully constructed plan of when, where and what our treat is going to be, we will be better prepared to put on the breaks once we've had it. If I'm having a chocolate moment and all I can find in my house is old Halloween candy, I'm going to be in trouble if I start eating that to make up for the lack of high quality french chocolate that I'm really craving. The cheap, inferior replacements will not satisfy! I will find myself right back in the pantry searching for the next best thing.Just like in baseball, you don't want to swing at everything. Keep calm and wait for the perfect pitch. You'll knock it out of the park and then still be able to get back in the game. Knowing what you want, determining the portion size, deciding when you're going to eat it, and deciding to settle for nothing else have kept me from veering too far track. Especially with the holiday season, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, I love food! I love planning it, making eat, partying with it and of course, eating it. When it comes to Thanksgiving, I try to hone in on my favorite part of the meal. I know that what I look forward to the most is pie. But not just any pie! I have no affinity for cream pies or even pumpkin pie. My weakness is homemade peach pie. Here's where my snobbery kicks in: the crust has to be homemade, the peaches have to be fresh, it can't be that weird gelatinous substance gluing the peaches together, and it has to taste sensational! If I make it myself, I know I'll be eating a piece. If it's not there and there's no close second (i.e. homemade apple pie) then I'll hold out. Going into thanksgiving with one menu item topping my "Must Have" list keeps me from overloading the plate with all the fillers. I also like to make a vegetable platter, have plenty of healthy side dishes and a nice size serving of turkey.You can have it all without all the guilt, calories and gluttony but it requires planning and a little attitude. Why yes I am better than that store bought cupcake with shortening frosting. I'm waiting for the piece de resistance served on a beautiful hand-painted plate with a cloth napkin. I'm worth it, aren't you?