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When we reach a certain deadline, accomplish an important goal or feel proud of a success, we want to reward ourselves. This is a behavior that stems from positive reinforcement and the praise of others throughout our lives. One of the ways that we celebrate most often is with food.
Food can absolutely be a reward, especially if there is a certain type of food that we only eat for special occasions or at certain times of the year. Examples of a food-based reward might be a birthday cake or treats during the holidays. Having sweets and treats for a special occasion is not a bad thing, but rewarding ourselves with food on a regular basis can become an unhealthy habit leading to a poor relationship with food.
At the Weight Loss and Nutrition Center, we encourage patients to incorporate non-food based rewards into their individual weight loss and weight management process. A non-food based reward can represent a wide variety of things. For some, taking a nice warm bath or shower at the end of an exercise routine can be a non-food based reward.
For others, buying a new pair of running shoes after meeting physical activity goals may be a non-food based reward. Non-food based rewards don’t always hold monetary value, but they should be something of value to you.
When making goals for weight loss and healthier living, include non-food based rewards in the plan. Keep yourself on track by incentivizing yourself with rewards that are meaningful to you and help keep you motivated during the journey.
When making goals for weight loss and healthier living, include non-food based rewards in the plan.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.