For years I would eat chocolate, crisps, biscuits or sweets thinking it was better to do that than go without, because that was the rhetoric I'd heard. Then I began to question this. Is it a treat if it jeopardises your health in the long term? Often, I was setting myself up for a fall. If I started a pack of sweets, I found it difficult to stop for instance. Other foods would start me snacking within hours or minutes even.
I found the answer in eating enough real food. Now my treats are whipped double cream, or just three dried apricots for example.