Top Ten Things To Never Say To A Vegan...

(Vegan) Pumpkin Tart

Sumac Roasted Vegetables with Lemon Cous Cous

Reflecting back and looking forward.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I've been vegan for one month!

The Big "V"

So Long And Thanks For All The Friends...

Thank you.


An Impending Feeling of Doom...

5 months to go...

Resolutions were made to be broken!

Take stock.

The countdown begins...

Six and a half months to the Big Day.

Giving some props where they are due.

Toronto the Beautiful?

We made it to Friday.


Where did today go?

Vegetables are sexy.

Busy Sunday.

Saturday, Saturday.

Another week bites the dust.

The weigh in, cont.

Grilled Vegetable and Avocado Salad

Food as reward?

I admit it. I like Mondays.

Cheat weekend?

Sleepy Saturday.

Cheat day.

The weigh in.

How competitive am I?

Today = Yuck.

The power of the food journal.

Happy Birthday Little Soccer Dude.

Ahhh... The sweet smell of Saturday.

Thank GOD it's Friday.

Sleep... sweet sleep.

A day in the life...

Kick it into gear already!

Polenta and Roasted Veggies. Because bikini season is coming...

Resolutions for 2010.

Enjoy the good and shrug off the bad.

It ain't easy being green.

When you just don't fit in (to your pants).

Who knew we could trust the government?

To my students at Parkdale Public School: Thank you

Everything in moderation.

Food as reward?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We all do it. Perhaps because we were brought up doing it, perhaps because it IS so damn satisfying. Food as reward.

I finished studying = a couple cookies
I had a horrible day = pasta dinner to make it all better
I'm terribly angry at (fill in the blank) = bring on the ice cream!

I started thinking about this as I sent my niece out the door with her mother just now, holding a chocolate treat that I had told her she could have if she was a good girl at nap time (niece, not mom). Why did I do it? A) Because she's so darn cute and I wanted to give her a treat B) Because I want to TRY to make my best-friend's day a tiny bit easier and C) because I'm happy to move the chocolate OUT of my house! Is it right? Absolutely not. Giving children bribes or food rewards can be a factor in their future relationship with food. Do we want our children to grow up to be adults who soothe or reward themselves with food? Not - unless they're doing it with carrot sticks and clean water! So why do we do it? Because it works so darn well!

Think about that the next time you think to offer a food reward. Would the person you are attempting to reward or soothe be just as happy with something else? Perhaps a small toy or a trip to the park; or just so quality one-on-one time? The same goes for adults. I hear clients tell me all the time that they are having a hard time sticking to their diet because their spouses keep bringing home candy or chocolates. How about a magazine or some flowers? ... Something a little lighter calorically?

Think about the bigger picture before you hand over that treat. Is it just a treat (which we are all deserving of from time to time) or something that could have deeper meaning or effect? You'll be doing your spouse/child/friend a favor to offer them something a little healthier next time.

Activity: taught Bellies and Strollers in High Park

1 cup water
1 cup coffee with 1% milk

1 cup water
1 bowl Special K with 1% milk
1 banana

1 cup water
1/2 banana muffin

2 cups water
1 over easy egg
1 slice 100% rye toast with scant butter

tiny bowl corn tortilla chips

2 cups water

3 cups water
1 grilled chicken thigh
1 small grilled lamb sausage
1 1/2 cups roasted vegetable and avocado salad
1/4 grilled yellow pepper
3 grilled spring onions
1/2 cheddar and tomato quesadilla
1/2 grilled tortilla
1 tbs fresh salsa

1 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup banana walnut chocolate biscotti crisps
2 small pieces chocolate


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