So I have been having some great success with Paleo since kicking this thing off. I forgot my lunch this morning...I know...dangerzone, right? So I needed something. I got a mediterranean chicken salad with no dressing and very little feta. They sent two pieces (relatively small) of pita bread, lightly toasted. I decided to eat them since I was doing so well and feeling so good. They were very tasty and a nice treat.
So it got me to thinking, what do people do to treat themselves occasionally?
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I get a pedicure or a manicure. Unfortunately, my relationship with food is still horrifyingly precarious and if I reward myself with food, I will spiral out of control very easily.
First rule: it must not be consumable. Feeding my disordered dopamine reward centers with sensory stimulus in response to positive feelings is NOT something I can perpetuate in a healthy sense.
For me that looks like: taking off early to make it to a yoga class, taking some time alone to relax and regenerate, getting a massage, generally making time for myself in whatever form may be desirable: writing, hiking, reading, talking with a friend, calling my mom, laying in the hammock, sewing, cooking, going dancing...
I think that unstructured time to pursue whatever feeds one's inner sense of happiness and contentment is an extremely valuable (and overlooked, in modern society) part of the human experience.
Looking in the mirror, i consider that my best reward
I booked a spa day last time, and also treat myself to smaller things as rewards e.g. nice workout gear. Like MathGirl, I don't go down the path of food treats. Therein lies disaster for me. :)
A scoop of fancy ice cream at a shop, no pints lingering about in my fridge. Or, a regular beer, which I have to take a gluten blocker for. But, I don't think of it as a reward, just as a special treat once a month.
I reward myself every night by drinking several glasses of red wine.
Never with food, then again there is nothing I want that I don't eat... I just don't crave junk or grains anymore, ever - which is nice!!
If I need a reward for myself I will buy a magazine or a book or a massage or a new top!!!!!
EDITED for full disclosure..... I do have buttered popcorn now and then!!
Go to my favorite restaurant, try to order as Paleo as possible and have as many fucking margaritas as I want to.
My treats happen when I go home for holidays or vacation. I never, ever, EVER pass up mama's cooking, even when it's homemade biscuits, cornbread & chicken and dumplings.
My rewards are generally a) not food based, because the concept of a "cheat" makes me go all eating-disorder-y b) cheap, b/c je suis broke. So usually a BATH with plenty of epsom and a sock full of oatmeal (the only good use for it, as someone who has never liked cereals). Alternatively, a one-hour no-interuptions stint of reading a novel with a glass of wine.
It probably sounds cheesy, but how I feel regularly now, and how I'm beginning to look is seriously the biggest reward.
Long term rewards for really sticking with my life changes (diet, exercise, really taking care of myself) will be tattoos that I've wanted for a long time.
My fav rewards that are healthy:
a lazy day on the couch a lazy day outside napping in my chair hammock walks long bike rides a cup of Starbucks coffee dark chocolate sitting in my portable infrared sauna watching netflix stuff
Those coffee mug cakes are my current treat. Still fairly Paleo, even though it's a treat.
Chocolate covered banana bites XD A few times I tried to reward myself w a regular ol' mocha frap (no whip, smallest size) - but every time I have found myself running for the bathroom. Even once, at a family function they had lumpia (basically an egg roll) and just ONE had me nauseous for the next DAY! - Other than that, I'd say sushi ( :