If you have 'started a new diet' that means that you plan eventualy to 'stop' the diet. This will instantly begin to undo any good you achieved as you watch your meticulously kept food journal disappear under the cookie wrappers
I am a firm believer in keeping a food journal for a month prior
to changing any eating habits. Seeing it in black and white then allows you to identify weak spots accurately. Keeping a food journal whilst making the effort to eat well tells you nothing, and is merely encouraging the development of an obsessive compulsive disorder, not to mention being an hour by hour reminder of what you are depriving yourself of (thus making you crave 'treats' all the more).
Eating healthy is not a finite process- there should be no finish line, no goal and no target, other than maximising your chances of health, wellbeing and longevity through your entire life.
Do you want to live the rest of your life without so much as one cookie? No
Do you want to wright down everything you eat for the rest of your entire life? I hope not
You have to start looking at your psychological links to food. Why do you see certain foods as 'rewards' and 'treats', and more importantly, why you see healthy eating as such a drag as to require all this willpower.
Look at ways to excite your pallate through use of herbs and spices in your cooking- you dont need cream sauces, salt and sugar to create flavour in food.
Look to ethnic cuisine for dishes that are low in saturated fat (the meditarranean diet is very good, as is much chinese/japanese cuisine).
Rather than 'balls to the wall' cast iron willpower that will only last a short time, use your willpower in a more measured way. Its a long journey, dont start off at a sprint.
Any eating plan that involves sticks of raw vegeteables dipped in peanut butter is doomed- thats not a snack, thats just gross.
Relax, enjoy life and make healthy choices along the way.
Below are some ideas of how to have health and a more relaxed attitude to food at the same time.
pizza: Medium w/ tuna/chicken, olives, sweetcorn, mushrooms and a very light sprinkle of cheese
chinese: boiled plain rice, chicken and monks vegetables, bowl of hot and sour soup.
Italian: Bolognaise, but made with turkey mince or tuna instead of minced beef.
Burgers: Make your own out of good lean cuts of beef, or butchers finest mince (much less fat). Grill or BBQ instead of fry.
The list goes on. By doing this, there need never be deprivation in your eating. Any of the above would fit into a healthy eating plan. No 'treats' necessary, just tasty meals that are not full of saturated fat and unnecessary calories.
If you choose to stick with what you have planned then good luck to you (and your PB covered celery), but an occasional cookie wont hurt you, even as well as, not instead of one of your 'snacks'. Having cookies everyday however compromises the rest of your eating plan. Having said that, PB is made from roasted nuts and is choc full of saturated fat so its no better than a cookie anyway. Go figure.