There are 5 dietary characters. Who is yours?

If you want to start eating healthier, I think it’s great. But I also realize that many people do not know where to start.

In my opinion, the key to achieving your goals is to first find out what the starting point is and then determine where you would like to end up. When it comes to healthy eating goals, it is important to know your personal eating habits. If you do not know what your individual struggles are, you can not come up with a plan to address these issues. And if you do not face the challenges and obstacles that concern you, how can you achieve your goals?

To help you understand what your starting point is, I will describe the most common eating personalities below. Each personality faces different struggles and requires work in different fields.

Identify your eating personality to see what aspects of your eating habits could be improved. Read the descriptions below to see which one suits you best. You may find that your nutritional personality changes depending on the factors in your life (eg work deadlines, relationship status, season, etc.).

The one who wants everything perfect (Clean eating)

One who follows Clean eating tends to have rigid eating habits. He wants to be “perfect” and consume only foods rich in nutrients, while avoiding those that are high in fat or sugar. He also carefully plans his meals and snacks, has strict rules on how to prepare food (eg cooking without oils) and scrutinizes food labels. While when he does not eat “properly” he feels guilty.

What to watch out for

First of all, there is nothing wrong with being nutritionally conscious. But if you follow Clean eating you can be so rigid with your eating habits, as a result of which you do not have a quality life. Shopping, cooking and eating become stressful. You can also have a lot of stress when it comes to planning and preparing every meal and snack. Nutrition is important, but it should not occupy every aspect of your life.

So you should try to relax your diet, for the sake of your mental health and your quality of life. The notion that certain foods are forbidden and the pursuit of perfection ultimately lead to unhealthy eating behaviors. Aim for progress instead of perfection.

The “professional” dietitian

The “professional” dietitian has not studied diets, he just diets often and thinks he has knowledge about nutrition. And when he does not diet, he thinks about the next diet he would like to start. He also collects nutrition books, searches the internet for tips and uses social media to learn everything about the science of nutrition.

He is also careful with food, but his main motivation is weight loss and not health. This is why it tends to be in a vicious circle: diet, weight loss, overeating and overeating, weight gain, diet, etc.

What to watch out for

Chronic dieting leads to feelings of deprivation, which results in unhealthy eating behaviors. Someone who goes on a diet often, before starting it, usually has a day off, which is about eating favorite foods, who knows that he will not be able to enjoy while he is on a diet.

Also, when he eats a “forbidden” food while on a diet, he tends to end up eating too much because he knows he will have to return to his diet tomorrow. But even when he avoids forbidden foods, he may end up eating too much to satisfy his cravings.

If you belong to this personality, try to focus more on the taste of food and how they make your body feel and not on their calories. Create sustainable eating habits that you can maintain for the rest of your life.

Also show respect for your body, regardless of its size or shape. Trust it and try to understand what is needed and do not rely on internet nutrition tips.

The unconscious

The unconscious has no awareness of when and what it eats. The root cause of this behavior is the hectic schedule and that it is always on the move.

Because he is so busy all day, he tends to stay without food for long periods of time. He is usually so focused on the demands of everyday life that he forgets to eat, until he gets to the point of being very hungry and consuming what is available at that moment: food from the vending machine, fast food, etc.

What to watch out for

If you belong to this personality then you are ambitious and hardworking. However, by setting aside the signs of your hunger, you are disconnecting from the messages your body sends you. You also often feel tired and in a low mood. And while this may be partly due to your hectic lifestyle, it can also be a side effect of malnutrition.

But if you learn to respond to the signs of hunger, then you will make dietary choices that will fill you with energy and provide you with the right nutrients.

Also try to find time to eat consciously. While eating on the go, choose nutrient-dense options instead of energy-only options.

The one who does not stop eating until he empties the plate

Whoever has this personality does not finish the food until he finishes his dish. He may also feel the need to eat the leftovers of his children or his partner.

What to watch out for

If you always want to eat what is on your plate, then most of the time you ignore the signs of fullness and lead to overeating. The desire to not be wasteful is a great value that you should have, however, taking care of your body is also important.

Try to find a balance. Start with a smaller amount of food at meals and snacks. While the leftovers can be stored for the next day.

The emotional

The emotional uses food as the primary coping mechanism when experiencing uncomfortable emotions, mainly anxiety, anger and sadness. Emotional food can take many forms. For example, whenever you feel anxious you can eat something sweet instead of lunch. Or you may have recurrent episodes of overeating.

What to watch out for

There are many ways in which a person can deal with unpleasant emotions. However, relying on food can be unhealthy. Using food as the main or only coping strategy causes chronic food overconsumption.

Food can not keep unpleasant feelings away for a long time.

So you may need to seek support from friends, family and / or a trained mental health professional. Try to look for solutions other than food and show yourself love.

In conclusion, what matters is to make the food choices that you like and because you want to have health and well-being. Healthy eating and exercise should not be used as punishment. Try to reconcile with food and not be at war with it.

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