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Actually, I'm going to go a step further, and say move away from edible rewards. Instead of looking forward to food as a treat, I prefer to look forward to a new pair of workout pants, or entering a race. Something that doesn't involve sticking things in my belly. :)
I agree that junk food shouldn't be a treat, and I like to take your "rethink treat rewards" one step further and say: think of rewards that aren't food!
Some of my favorite mini-rewards have been buying a much-wanted nail polish, taking an extra day off of work, buying a heart rate monitor, updating my makeup. Even though some of these are little things, it's nice to tie a small reward to your hard work.
It's helped my mindset a lot to think of food as neither reward nor punishment, but as what my body needs to be what it should be.
Rethink treat rewards. Treat your body to a healthy treat. Be happy to treat your body to a handful of berries, a handful of protein, a handful of carbs, a handful of good stuff for the body. Treat your body to something healthy. Take notice that you are having a great treat, that you are being rewarded.
Change your thinking. Junk food is not a treat, it is not a reward. Junk food is junk food and it fits in your diet, but it is not a treat and it is not a reward. It is what it is and yes it is ok to have junk food on a regular basis. Just make it fit in your diet in a manner that you can live with comfortably.
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