If you're not growing, you're not living. Change should be welcomed!
I have experimented with many, many styles of healthy living over the last few years. I am slowly, slowly putting together the Judy diet: pulling bits & pieces from everything I try to create a plan that works for me.
I don't really do cheat - or as I like to call them - treat days, altho I have tried that in the past. But I do tend to eat a little bipolar -- higher carbs on the weekends, when I do my long runs; lower carb during the week, ramping up those carbs towards the end of the week again.
I've moved into a mostly gluten free lifestyle simply because I enjoy it, but we eat out once a week usually & then I might have pizza or pasta or bread . . . or I might not. But I've come to see that even my treat days tend to be mostly healthy foods with just some higher carb options & something a little unhealthy (like pizza or bread, for instance), that I normally wouldn't eat.
It wasn't a conscious decision to eat that way; it's just sort of evolved over the years.
I had a small loss yesterday - not bad for TOM starting - & I realized my rewards for weight loss are evolving, too. Part of my reward was simply to go to a bookstore & peruse cookbooks - another addiction of mine. I was REALLY taken with Paleo Indulgences . . . but in the end I went home & bought the 21 Day Sugar Detox that I've been eyeing for some time. Now I really wished I'd bought it before DH left . . . so much easier to do when he's not here!
I read most of it this morning. I'm not sure I'm ready to totally embrace it, but I will be trying out some of it. Taking it for a road test, so to speak. And I'm thinking I'll also get myself The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, which isn't quite so strict. I've used several of Dr, Hyman's books & programs in tbe past & always been pleased.
So instead of indulging in paleo comfort foods, however appealing they might be, I chose rewards that will help me along my healthy journey. Nothing wrong with a little indulgence now & again, but I don't really need that temptation right now. Adding dessertstalker.co
to my RSS feed is all the temptation I can take.
My advice: just don't go there. Be afraid; be very afraid! Do as I say, not as I do!
Do you find your reward system changing as you get healthier?