"I believe in giving rewards and positive reinforcement for a job well done, but can we raise ourselves a little higher than the dogs and give rewards that have longer-term benefits? How can a poor food choice be a true reward anyway?"
I understand moderation and all, when dieters choose to reward themselves with a high fat & sugar empty calorie indulgence (sorry I just can't call it a food). I thought the journey to a healthier lifestyle was all about better choices and portion control. What caused your weight gain in the first place? Were you rewarding yourself as you were gaining your weight eating fast food and high fat/sugar empty calorie indulgences?
No, these were choices being made because they were handy, and no thought of how these choices were rewarding your body of weight gain and other problems such as "Adult-onset Type 2 diabetes". Yes, they are handy but look at what it is doing to you and your children.
Apples, carrots sticks etc....are handy too. These are the original fast food brought to us by nature. Stock up your fridge with "Natures Fast Foods.
I know of a lot of women who actually gained more weight after they were pregnant (and call this "the baby weight"). Why, because they are busy nurturing "God's little wonders" and trying to run a household, and have no time to eat regular/proper meals. So they grab what is handy, high fat/sugar snacks and fast food. But, if they would stock their fridges with "Nature's Fast Foods", they would have healthier choices they could make.
So next time you reward your self with an indulgence of high fat/sugar snacks and fast food, think again. Why not choose foods that can be good for you and help build a healthy heart? Do you really want to ingest that into your body and take the risk of weight gain or worst yet "Adult-onset Type 2 diabetes"?
Make your rewards make sense!
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