What's your Eating Personality Type?
An eating personality? That's a thing?
If you've got ants in your pants to find out what type of eater you are, skip ahead to the quiz. But make sure to come back for the details for each personality type. Yes, my dear. It's a very real thing. And every single person I know falls into one or multiple of the personalities below.
But what does this matter? Who really cares what type of eater you are? You should and here's why:
There are many types of eating styles that are actually subconscious forms of dieting.
And 99% of the time, dieting does more harm than good for your body and mind. The two biggest pitfalls of dieting?
- Dieting creates restriction, restriction creates desire (and often starvation) and triggers overeating to account for the starvation. Thus creating a nasty cycle; weight cycling if you will.
- Weight cycling leads to an increase in your set-point weight. I'll be writing more on what set-point weight is and how it is affected soon, but in a nutshell it means the natural weight your body is happiest + healthiest at. This number can go up pretty easily if weight cycling is a common occurrence. It is much tougher to lower your set point, which is why people have a hard time "maintaining" their new weight after a diet.
By having a better idea of what kind of eater you are, you'll be better equipped to become more intuitive about your food choices, and break this dieting, weight cycling spiral.
The Careful Eater:
Typically someone who seems to be extremely "health conscious." This person pays close attention to the nutrition value of all of their food and is usually equally as conscious of their exercise habits. This person usually does not eat for pleasure, but for nutritional value. They have a hard time going with the flow in social situations that involve eating, and often spend a lot of time deciding what to order at restaurants. This person often tracks what they eat, and considers going on a diet/ cleanse or detox regularly. He or she spends a good portion of their time thinking about their next meal or snack.
The major problem? While being somewhat health conscious is important, being overly cautious when eating can affect your mental relationship with food. This can quickly develop into eating disorders such as orthorexia and in more severe cases, anorexia, where this individual feels afraid to eat at all for fear of weight gain. Careful Eating is a more subtle version blatant dieting.
The Professional Dieter:
This one is pretty self-explanatory. This person is more often than not "on a diet". He or she is perpetually trying the latest diets, detoxes, cleanses, supplements, you name it in an effort to lose weight. This person's #1 motivator is weight loss, and they are usually up front about that fact. However, may guise their diet behaviors as motivated by "health reasons" in order to avoid uncomfortable social situations. This person often engages in "last supper" moments before embarking on another diet- often eating way past the point of pleasant fullness, and then feeling guilty. The next day, they're back on their diet. And the cycle continues.
The major problem? Chronic dieting is one of the number 1 stepping stones into an eating disorder. Not to mention all recognition of internal hunger cues is basically nonexistent, and this person's set point weight keeps going up and up as the diet cycle continues.
The Unconscious Eater:
Again, seems straightforward; it is an it isn't.This person eats with some sort of distraction, whether it's TV, the radio, reading, working, conversation or just a complete "zone-out". But there are a few different types of unconscious eater personality types.
The Chaotic Eater:
This person is insanely busy; so busy they have a hard time identifying internal hunger cues until they are starving, which usually results in a binge or overeating. The Refuse-Not Eater: This person has a hard time saying no to food, and often is unaware that they've even just eaten something. Ever picked up a snack or opened the fridge without realizing you did it until after the fact?The Waste-Not Eater: This person is often driven by scarcity- of food and money. They try to get the biggest bang for their buck and have a hard time leaving food on the plate.The Emotional Eater: uses food as a coping mechanism to numb out or avoid dealing with feelings or life stuff.
The major problem? All of these Unconscious eating styles result in overeating, to the point of detriment. If any of these sound familiar, it's likely that you fall into one of these eating personalities, or you have at one point or another. My job is to help get you from them to Intuitive Eater.
The Intuitive Eater:
Eats what they want, when they want, and how they want without guilt or shame. They are unaffected by "what others will think" or "what this might do to their waist." The key for the Intuitive Eater is to be able to start listening to their true wants and needs all the time, and meeting them with full permission.
The hands-down easiest, most effective way to start feeling better in your own body and more at ease around food?
- Follow your cravings- even when they might feel "bad" at first.
- Give yourself FULL PERMISSION to eat whatever it is that sounds good.
And with some time, persistence and clarity on what it is that you really want when you eat without being hungry, you're on your way to being an intuitive eater. Free from the icky, obsessive, guilt-ridden diet world