So I have been having some great success with Paleo since kicking this thing off. I forgot my lunch this morning...I know...dangerzone, right? So I needed something. I got a mediterranean chicken salad with no dressing and very little feta. They sent two pieces (relatively small) of pita bread, lightly toasted. I decided to eat them since I was doing so well and feeling so good. They were very tasty and a nice treat.
So it got me to thinking, what do people do to treat themselves occasionally?
I get a pedicure or a manicure. Unfortunately, my relationship with food is still horrifyingly precarious and if I reward myself with food, I will spiral out of control very easily.
First rule: it must not be consumable. Feeding my disordered dopamine reward centers with sensory stimulus in response to positive feelings is NOT something I can perpetuate in a healthy sense.
For me that looks like: taking off early to make it to a yoga class, taking some time alone to relax and regenerate, getting a massage, generally making time for myself in whatever form may be desirable: writing, hiking, reading, talking with a friend, calling my mom, laying in the hammock, sewing, cooking, going dancing...
I think that unstructured time to pursue whatever feeds one's inner sense of happiness and contentment is an extremely valuable (and overlooked, in modern society) part of the human experience.
A scoop of fancy ice cream at a shop, no pints lingering about in my fridge. Or, a regular beer, which I have to take a gluten blocker for. But, I don't think of it as a reward, just as a special treat once a month.
I booked a spa day last time, and also treat myself to smaller things as rewards e.g. nice workout gear. Like MathGirl, I don't go down the path of food treats. Therein lies disaster for me. :)
Never with food, then again there is nothing I want that I don't eat... I just don't crave junk or grains anymore, ever - which is nice!!
If I need a reward for myself I will buy a magazine or a book or a massage or a new top!!!!!
EDITED for full disclosure..... I do have buttered popcorn now and then!!