I have a very interesting experience of food in the holiday season. Food definitely elicits an emotional response in me, so I’m imagining that in a season that already elicits a lot of emotion, the effect is going to be even greater. As I make holiday dinners and bake desserts I think of things like stuffing, potatoes, and the combination of sugar, flour, butter, eggs, and salt as wholesome – based completely on the idea of what fills a standard American pantry combined with preformed notions of things like grandmothers and moms and cookies and “wholesomeness.” How bad can a sandwich be for lunch? Didn’t mom pack me one every day? Cookies? Unhealthy? But all the ingredients are white and pure! It is starting to look to me like what I think of as healthy as a default has to do with what the people I trusted fed me as a child. How much do you think your emotions play a part in your decisions about what you think is healthy and what is not?