Do you live to eat or eat to live? This question was raised on a recent Dr. Oz show by his guest Mike Dow, PSY. D. and author of Diet Rehab. His goal for this line of questioning is to determine your eating personality. This may be essential to know so you can proactively maintain or even reduce your waistline as you move through the holiday season.
Mike poses these questions to us in order to determine our food personality:
“What’s your main motivation for eating?
A. You love the taste.
B. It makes you feel good.
C. You’re hungry.
In which situation are you most likely to eat?
A. Something delicious is in front of you.
B. You’re sad or stressed.
C. It’s because it’s been a couple of hours since your last meal.
What best describes your approach to pizza?
A. Always trying new toppings.
B. Cheap, easy & delivered.
C. Favorite slice from your favorite place.”
If you answered mostly A’s when you responded to the above questions this means you’re a Passionate Eater. You are extraverted, you like new tastes and exciting foods and you have trouble saying no to something delicious that is put in front of you. For you, it may also be about “the experience and indulging with family and friends”.
Mike recommends the Mediterranean diet for Passionate Eaters. This is a diet lifestyle full of whole and natural, colorful foods.
If you’ve answered mostly B’s it is likely that you’re an Emotional Eater. Mike explains that if you fit this category, “You are a sweet and sensitive type.” He goes on to say that you can get in trouble because you use food as comfort when you’re sad or depressed. Basically in happy mode, you’re eating healthy but when suffering, look out because your diet becomes unhealthy.
Mike recommends 6 small meals a day to keep Emotional Eaters full and “ahead of their hunger”. Basically, if something upsets you, you’ll won’t feel hungry and turn to food because it is likely you will have already eaten.
If you’ve answered mostly C’s this means you’re a Habitual Eater. Mike describes this group as people who like to eat to live, like substance, and like the convenience of the meal.
He recommends that 3 different colors are added to each meal by Habitual Eaters. For example, if you like oatmeal every morning, add blueberries, strawberries and bananas for a fruity blend otherwise you may be missing out of nutritious fruits and vegetables if your food intake is routine everyday.
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