From birth, we are conditioned into rewarding ourselves with food. As a kid, you’re often given a dessert or something tasty whenever you finish your vegetables and as you grow older and get involved with sports, you’re often given soda after every game.
Back in the old days, when I was competing in swimming, we had a kiosk right outside the dressing room and, naturally, I begged my mother to buy some candy after every contest. While growing older, I substituted swimming for football, but the routines were the same and we were given soda by the home team after every game.
Once I began studying, I treated myself several times a week due to awful excuses. E.g. whenever I had an exam coming up I told myself that I had to have some candy to manage the studying and as soon as the exam was over I rewarded myself with some goods. Sure, everyone does it but that’s not a reason to why you should do it.
I’ve previously written a post on why we should eat to live and not live to eat and the most important part in changing this is to stop rewarding yourself with food. We need to stop emotional eating!
Studies has shown that multiple small rewards can push your success but it shouldn’t be food. Try to find small inexpensive things like a new book, shirt, exercise equipment, movie ticket or something for your hobby.
Do you reward yourself? If so, with what?