Q&A 37: Food Rewards, Earned Indulgences & Cheat Meals

Dec 26, 2015

In today’s episode I’m answering your questions about food rewards, earned indulgences and cheat meals. I’ll be sharing my perspective on whether or not you should use food as a reward and how to balance strategic indulgences that reflect a healthy relationship with food versus talking yourself into being inconsistent. Where is that line and how do you find it?

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Food Rewards, Earned Indulgences & Cheat Meals

The first thing I recommend you do is evaluate whether or not these strategies (food rewards, earned indulgences and/or cheat meals) are working for you:

  1. Is there a whole bunch of negative emotional wrapped up in it?
  2. Are you limiting your results or slowing your progress?
  3. Are they a slippery slope? Does a treat turn into overkill or a binge?

From there, let’s look at the idea of “earning” an indulgence. In the episode, we go into a whole lot more detail, but I want you to think about the following:

Would an alcoholic celebrate sobriety with a shot of tequila?

Alright, you’re not an alcoholic.

But would you celebrate your child’s great grades by suggesting he give himself a break from the next test? Or take a week off of school?


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