Tonight I wanted to discuss a new habit I’ve started in recent weeks – treating myself to a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee & a veggie egg white flatbread on Friday mornings.
This “special treat” is sort of like a reward to myself for making it through another week. This work week was particularly exhausting, so I thought I deserved it this morning more than ever.
It got me to thinking about food as a reward.
This mentality is nothing new to me. Special occasions – whether they be large or small – are usually celebrated with food, at least in my life.
There have been countless studies done on rewarding children with food (& the negative impact of such actions), but I couldn’t find much out there on adults with this mentality.
I did find a few articles; however, most of them deal with weight loss & food rewards, not food rewards for other accomplishments. If you’re interested, here are some articles worth taking a look at:
- Food as a Reward, from Dr. Oz
- Non-Scale Victories & Non-Food Rewards, from Food Blogger on a Diet
- How to Stop Using Food as a Reward from eHow Health
What I was able to find suggested breaking the habit of “food rewards” & using other treats to acknowledge good behavior or the completion of a daunting tasks. For example, instead of stopping at Dunkin Donuts, perhaps I could reward myself with a new magazine to relax with at some point over the weekend.
I’m really curious to hear feedback from everyone…
Do you find yourself using food as a reward? Do you see this as a “problem”? If you don’t use food as a reward, do you still find it necessary to reward yourself for a job well done (in any facet of life!)?