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The Major Types of Eaters

Eating Personality

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What is Your Eating Personality?

Do you believe that once you reach a certain size or weight, you'll be happy? I often here my clients say to themselves, "I'll be happy when I reach ___ kilograms.. When you say that, one of two outcomes can occur. The first is that you never reach that weight and, therefore you will never be happy. The second outome is that you reach that magical weight and realise after a while that it has absolutely nothing to do with your happiness. Obviously it's important to identify the type of eater you are, and what triggers you to make unhealthy food choices, or overeat. However, it's also crucial that you don't rely on your goal weight to be the reason for your happiness.
Today we will help you identify different eating triggers and learn howto begin your journey to a healthier you.

The Major Eater Types

(1) The Stress Eater
The stress eater eats to relieve or avoid uncomfortable feelings. Food functions as a self-medication to relieve stress and lift mood. There’s a connection between mood, food and weight management. When we’re stressed, the hormones it unleashes, and the effects of high-fat, sugary "comfort foods" push people toward overeating. Researchers have linked weight gain to stress. In the short term, stress can shut down appetite. When we’re stressed the adrenal glands pump out the hormone adrenaline, which helps trigger the body's fight-or-flight response, and release the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite. Once a stressful episode is over, cortisol levels should fall, but if the stress doesn't go away — or if a person's stress response gets stuck in the "on" position — cortisol may stay elevated.
(2) The Emotional Eater
The emotional eater eats whenever they experience strong emotions of any kind - happiness, sadness, anger, fear, boredom, loneliness or frustration. Food is an escape from emotional intensity, and a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness.

In other words, emotional eating is using food to make yourself feel better—eating to satisfy emotional needs, rather than to satisfy physical hunger. You might reach for a BIG BURGER when you want to celebrate a promotion, order a pizza if you’re bored or lonely, or swing by the drive-through after a stressful day at work.

Occasionally using food as a pick me up, a reward, or to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism—when your first impulse is to open the refrigerator whenever you’re stressed, upset, angry, lonely, exhausted, or bored—you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.

Emotional hunger can’t be filled with food. Eating may feel good in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there. And you often feel worse than you did before because of the unnecessary calories you’ve just consumed.

(3) The Unconscious Eater
The unconscious eater eats while doing other things, like watching TV or reading. Distracted brains do not know what the mouth is doing, so excess food is often ingested.
(4) The Feast or Famine Eater
The fast-or-famine eater eats all day and eats everything in sight in the evening.
(5) The Frugal Eater
The Frugal Eater does not want to waste any food. They clean their plate at every meal, often forcing themselves to overeat!
(6) The Stealth Eater
The Stealth Eater cleverly hides cookies, candles and other treats in pockets, drawers and the car so that others will not see the food consumed.
(7) The Grazer
The grazer snacks thoughout the day.Each portion issmall, so it's eay to underestimate the total calories consumed.
(8) The Ideal Eater
The ideal eater lstens to their body's cues and uses food for fuel, not feelings. They are flexible with food choices, and eat according to their ideal menu plans.

The ideal eater, of course, exists only in the abstract. Yes the description can serve as a baseline against which we can measure our own eating habits. You may be more than one type. Recognize your own tendencies so you can spot problems and create new behaviours to achieve your wellness and weight management goals.

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