Eating habits say more about you than you think
What food say about you?
Medical Fact Checked by: Dr. Bryan Havoc
Eating is one of the basic activities which guarantees surviving. It affects every human being regardless of age, race, place of residence or amount of money. How did it happen that eating started to influence human behavior?
When did food become a prize or punishment? Why are there people who eat slowly and with pleasure and others who eat quickly and don’t actually care for what lands in their mouth?
For many families eating has educational value. Sweets are often a prize for good behavior while misbehaving is punished by taking the dessert away. The way we eat can be helpful in understanding how we perceive ourselves, if we like ourselves, if we’re able to find joy in life and how we deal with criticism.
At the table with a psychologist
Juliet A. Boghossian, behavioral food expert, says that all nutrition habits are intuitive and hard to modify.
Boghossian distinguishes, inter alia, following personality traits connected with way of eating:
1. People who eat slowly like orderliness, they stick to their rules and ways of acting, they tend to be stubborn. They want to live their life to the fullest and use every moment in the best way for themselves. These people are the priority in their lives, they care for their own needs and fulfilling them is the most important.
Observation of the way you eat can help to determine personality, motivation and even strong and weak sides of a person.
2. People who eat quickly never put themselves on the first place, they are energetic and they deal with new situations very well, they always meet the deadlines. They may have some difficulties with deciding what is the most important, what goal do they have, they can also act confusedly.
3. People who mix foods often undertake too much tasks and care about finishing them according to timetable and on a good quality level, but at the same time they can have trouble in decision making and prioritizing.
4. People who eat all meal ingredients separately and one after the other like rules and clear situations. They plan their daily routine very well, they don’t like changes and are inflexible. Surprises are more stressful than pleasant for them.
5. People who like to try new meals are often creative, complacent, curious, they like to experiment. They enthuse other people and deal with new situations very well.
What is this knowledge for? Look carefully into your eating habits. Such observation will help you to understand better what brought you to the place you’re right now in your life. If you’re planning to go on a diet or you’ve already started, this knowledge will make reaching your goal much easier.
*This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.