How Do You Reward Yourself?

The other day I was at the Mall of America and I couldn’t help but overhear a child arguing with her mother.

The mother could not get her child to do what she wanted so she said, “How about we go find a doughnut?”

I got to thinking, why do we bribe our kids with food?  And, especially food that is so incredibly bad for you?  Doughnuts should be outlawed...TRANS FAT CITY...one of the worst things you could possibly eat. Why can't it be a healthy orange or some almonds and a piece of cheese? 

But why does there even have to be a bribe? 

I thought about this some more...is that just naturally what we all do?  Even to ourselves?   When things are going rough and we get through something tough, do we reward ourselves with some type of indulgence?

For me, after a rough day the best reward is a rigorous workout when I can sweat out all of my aggression.  Follow that up with a healthy meal and perhaps a great massage...now that's what I call a reward. 

But what is it about "rewarding ourselves" that seems to make things feel better?

Isn't it reward enough to just be good to ourselves everyday and have the reward of living a happy, healthy, serene life?

In the United States, where one third of the population is obese, the leading cause of death is heart disease and 8.3% of the population has Diabetes...why do we center our lives around food?  Aren't these statistics alone proof that the majority of people are more concerned about what they put in their mouths than with being healthy?

That could make me sad and truly...sometimes it actually does.  All I can do is try to be a healthy example for those I come in contact with... and do my very best to make a difference in other people's lives

...by sharing my knowledge and experience...I hope that I may touch at least one person who will in turn...do the same.

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Kim, you're right about the emphasis on "rewards." Not sure how or when it crept into our culture, but that mindset shows up everywhere. I tend to reward myself with food, too (a great meal planned in advance, cooked with fresh ingredients) and after looking through your recipes, I'm likely to continue! But, I loved how you emphasized that a serene, healthy life should be reward enough. So true!

June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimby

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