I am an emotional eater. If I am upset nothing will cheer me up better than a bowl of pho, glass or red wine and a large amount of brownies. It’s been like this since college I guess. Everything felt chaotic and out of my control but eating always made me feel better. And when I do well, I want to celebrate! With a glass of wine, and a brownie and pho. Ha ha!

I found these fitness tips by Active Living advocate Sam Lengren (Instagram @the_healthy_me) on Move Nourish Believe (an amazing wellness site, be sure to check it out!) and this one tip really struck a chord with me:

Don’t reward yourself with food- you’re not a dog!

This made me laugh so hard! It’s so true! From now on whenever I’m down or happy and reaching for the brownie batter or calling for take out, I’m going to repeat to myself that I’m not a dog.

Pasted below are all the tips.


  • Skinny Opinion (@skinny_opinion) March 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Hahah! So true – you are a beautiful young lady – not a DOG! lol

    I do this too and what has helped me is just mentally recognizing it when it is happening. Like, someone says something that irritated me and I start craving sugar. I take a step back and think about why I want the cookies and can now recognize that I’m not actually hungry. I just know the treat will give me some temporarily relief. Usually just doing that makes the craving subside.

    • Betty LIVIN March 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

      It’s funny how your perspective on it changes when you throw in the dog comment! It can be hard though.

  • Lisa @ The Skinny on Health March 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I love this! Great tip. That quote about not rewarding yourself like a dog really resonated with me when I saw it too. It’s so simple and so true! We should reward ourselves with better things than food, things that will keep us motivated and moving forward!

    Thanks for linking up, this is a great tip!


    • Betty LIVIN March 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Lisa! It’s so simple but it really gets you thinking.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities March 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Not going to lie, after a long long day, I definitely look forward to a good, relaxing meal. That being said, it’s dinner, not a binge fest. There is definitely a healthy way to reward yourself with food 😉


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