Neal Barnard, president of the animal rights group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says, “There are things I would like to eat. I would love to go back to my high school days of barbecue potato chips and fried onion rings. But I don’t want to go down that road. I want to keep my momentum. We live in a society that is so filled with seductions, it’s very, very hard for people to pass by these things.”

Michael Jacobson, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says he occasionally likes to take a walk on the wild side: “Sometimes I’ll put butter on my bread, and I’ll have fat-free frozen yogurt, which is not really a health food. Taste is something that is very important to me, and variety.”

To these two nannies we say live a little! Neal, eat a bag of chips. Michael, put some variety and taste in your diet by adding chocolate syrup to that yogurt or maybe some of those sprinkle things. We’d be happy to help you satisfy your dietary desires, so long as you’ll leave us alone to make our own food choices to satisfy ours.