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Food is often used as a reward for good behavior or as comfort for a bad day.

It is used for social gatherings and celebrations or can be used as a way to pass time. If these food indulgences happen when you’re not hungry or are centered on unhealthy foods, they can hinder your weight loss goals and interfere with overall health, mood and/or energy levels.

Here are some ways to celebrate and reward yourself that will support a healthy lifestyle.

Reward Yourself!

Reward Yourself!

9 Rewards:

Buy a healthy cookbook.

Often we get in “food ruts” because we lack creative inspiration. A new cookbook and bring fun back into cooking and encourage you to add variety (and nutrient-density) to your daily routine.

Put money towards a gift card for your favorite store.

Whether this is used for a manicure, new purse, or new pair of running shoes, these items are much more appreciated when you know you’ve worked hard for them!

Treat yourself to new pajamas, a robe, or slippers for a comfy day in.

Relaxing is an excellent way to reduce Cortisol, a hormone that promotes fat storage (particularly around the mid-region). Treating yourself with a mandated rest day heals mind, body, and spirit.

Try a fresh hair color or style or even new nail polish.

Sometimes, the physical change is just what we need to inspire a fresh start in everyday life. Let this be the catalyst that enables you to enter your workplace, the gym, or family gathering with radiating confidence.

Buy a small personal blender for smoothies and protein shakes.

This might seem simple, but this practical treat makes it easy to prepare a healthy breakfast or snack at home or at work.

Take a cooking class to up your game or try a new class( art, dance, photography, scrapbooking, etc.).

This sparks creativity, which will make you more productive at work and at home.

Invest in a meal-delivery service.

Even if just for 1 or 2 meals, this will decrease your workload and provide variety showcasing new proteins and vegetables to expand your palate, not your waistline.

Hire someone to clean your house.

The one-time investment will allow time for you to focus on YOU.

Book a session with a personal trainer.

The trainer can help you gain confidence with form and also provide you with simple routines.

When you know what you’re doing, you’re much more likely to make it a habit!

About Danielle Sikorski

Danielle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Personal Trainer residing in Anchorage, Alaska. She received her B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics and Foods Science from California State University at Northridge. As an athlete, Danielle was initially drawn to Nutrition because she desired to learn how to best fuel her body for optimal performance. However, after becoming a Dietitian, her focus has broadened. After a Lyme and autoimmune disease diagnosis, she has learned the role that food can play in healing the body. She now works with clients with a variety of goals ranging from sports performance, Food Intolerance, Autoimmue, to Weight loss. ******In her spare time she loves running to clear her mind and also enjoys cooking with her husband. ---------------EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS: • B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science • Internship at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV specializing in Medical Nutrition Therapy in the ICU, Pediatric ICU, Cancer Center, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Education • Internship at W.I.C. specializing in pre and post-natal Nutrition • RD, RDN by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics