How do you reward yourself? How do you comfort yourself when you are stressed? Think about that for a moment.
Rewarding yourself for your successes, both large and small, is a key part of staying motivated.
We are so time poor that rewarding ourselves with treat foods like cake and biscuits is the easiest way to show ourselves some self-love. And it’s the same for soothing ourselves if we’ve had a bad day.
My experience of running a nutrition clinic is that so little of what or why people eat has to do with nourishing their body. The far greater part is to do with how you feel about yourself and about life in general. Eating half a packet of chocolate biscuits is much easier than figuring out – not to mention getting – what you really need, which might be a way to de-stress, feel loved, get attention, kick back your heels and even sleep. Many people are almost completely out of touch with their own bodies.
When I’m working with clients, one of the big things we are trying to achieve is to develop a different relationship with food and also a different relationship with rewards.
Building in ways of making yourself feel good are essential for a number of reasons. Perhaps the biggest among them is that you need to positively reinforce the fantastic healthy changes you are making to encourage you to maintain them long term.
You need to build in more appropriate ways of making yourself feel better: far better to automatically choose to spend five minutes relaxing in the sunshine in the garden to recharge your batteries than to grab a handful of biscuits.
Most of our rewards are habit. They are conditioning. Chances are, you have been conditioned to reward yourself with food, often from early childhood.
Normal ‘rewards’ are short lived and usually followed by rec