What’s Your Food Personality?

by Simla on October 4, 2010

We all have food personalities that we have developed over the years. Some of these traits may feel good in the moment, but they don’t serve your ultimate health goals.

I’ve identified the top food personalities that I see in my own clients. I relate to many of them as I struggled with some of the same habits for years. You may not believe it, but I was once a quadruple latte drinker and now, if I had even one cup, I’d be a wreck for days.

What’s your food personality and is it working for you? Or do you want to deal with it… deliciously?

Breakfast Skipper
You don’t feel hungry in the morning. You’ve never been a breakfast person. You tend to eat late at night. You drink coffee first thing in the morning and that’s all you need to get going. (see Caffeine Junkie)
What’s happening: You have lost the ability to listen to your body’s signals and/or are not in tune with your body’s natural rhythms and needs. Coffee tricks your body into thinking it is satiated, but does not give you the nutrients and fuel you need to get through the day. Skipping the first meal of the day makes you very likely to crash, especially in the late afternoon, and usually leads to bingeing on unhealthy foods and needing more coffee later in the day.
Tip: Eat a well-rounded breakfast and a bigger lunch, so you are less hungry at night and well energized throughout the day. Set an earlier dinnertime with a smaller portion to help you wake up hungry. For a great breakfast idea see the Energy Crasher tip.

Caffeine Junkie
You barely make it out of bed to the coffee-maker. The employees at Starbucks know your name. You might say, “I only have one cup a day,” but the thought of missing that cup sends a shock through your system.
What’s happening: You are drained and your body is using caffeine as a crutch to get through the day. Your adrenal glands are likely worn out and you are masking it everyday with a caffeine high rather than addressing the real issue. This can ultimately lead to chronic fatigue, stubborn weight gain (especially around your middle – love handles, anyone?), and chronic conditions fueled by silent inflammation such as fibromyalgia.
Tip: Quit cold turkey, if you can, or switch gradually to decaf, by upping the ratio of decaf-to-caf day by day until you’re on full decaf. (I highly recommend the Swiss Water Process method for decaffeinating, which retains flavor and beneficial compounds but eliminates 99.9% of the caffeine). Also try green or white tea to reduce your caffeine intake while still providing your body with beneficial nutrients. You’ll also want to support your adrenal glands with appropriate food habits (as found in the Delicious Cleanse, for example) and get sufficient sleep.

Energy Crasher
Everyday around 3 p.m. you are looking for a nice place to take a nap or for a sweet treat to help you get through the afternoon.
What’s Happening: You are probably not getting enough sleep, might need to change some eating habits, or may be reacting to foods you think are “healthy.” A lot of Energy Crashers are also Breakfast Skippers and/or Caffeine Junkies, so a shift in these other two habits will also help you avoid the crash.
Tip: Eat some protein in the morning. Even if you are not a morning person or crave food, a little protein will go a long way to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. An ideal breakfast: 1-2 whole eggs scrambled with half a bunch of kale sautéed with 1 Tbsp sesame seeds, and a side of gluten-free, whole grain toast with 1 tsp each of butter (or ghee for anyone sensitive to dairy) and pure fruit preserves sweetened with fruit juice or 1 TBS almond butter.

Belly Dancer
You feel bloated all the time. You can’t seem to get rid of the belly bulge no matter what you do. You eat all the “healthy foods” out there, but you often have an upset stomach.
What’s Happening: Belly bloat and stomach upsets are side effects of an imbalance in the body. You may have an undetected food allergy or intolerance. You may have a gastrointestinal or digestive imbalance. You may not realize that many “health foods” actually contain hidden S.A.D. C.R.A.P.™ ingredients.
Tip: Keep a food journal for a week, noting how you feel after each meal (physically, energetically, and emotionally) and see if you can find foods that don’t work for your body and gradually replace the culprits with better-for-you alternatives. If you think you might need more support, join the Delicious Cleanse starting Oct. 14th, which is a proven, gentle way of identifying your personal food reactions and improving your food habits for the long run. You’ll be amazed at how quickly belly bloat can fade on a delicious, natural, whole foods diet.

Confused Foodie
You love food: Carrot cake counts as a vegetable, right? You want to be healthy, but you’re not sure where to start. You want to feel full and satisfied, but most healthy food looks fit for a rabbit. You store sweaters in your oven. You spend more time at the office than the kitchen. You will start shopping at the health food store as soon as you win the lottery.
What’s Happening: You have great intentions, but your life is not set up for a healthy lifestyle.
Tip: Add more vegetables to your diet. The next time you are out for pizza, get a salad on the side or order the pizza with extra spinach, mushrooms, basil, and/or onions. And wake up to the foodie heaven awaiting you via real, whole foods through the Delicious Cleanse. Small changes add up to big results.

Stressed Out Snacker
Every time someone asks you how you are doing, you say, “I’m so busy” or “Life is crazy.” You run from one activity to the next each day with very little time to eat. You might use food as a reward when you finish a project, or find your cravings take over later in the day.
What’s Happening: With chronic stress comes all the food shortcuts: grabbing snacks out of vending machines, ordering takeout, skipping meals, eating on the run, missing workouts, etc. Stress is a huge factor in many chronic conditions. Common signs like fatigue and vague, annoying aches and pains could be a wake up call that you are out of balance and headed for trouble, even if your Doctor says, “You look fine!”
Tip: Skip foods that come from a bag or a box. Try a quick homemade snack like an apple with natural peanut or almond butter. Schedule time to relax and enjoy your life each day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes at a time. Learn which foods are stressing your body out even more, and how to get support, on the S.A.D. C.R.A.P.™ call.

Sugar Shrew
You have a dish of candies on your desk. You start buying Halloween candy in September and have to re-buy it by the time trick-or-treating rolls around. Your go-to snack is a candy bar. You’ve tried to give up sugar but after a day or less, your cravings come back 10 times stronger.
What’s Happening: You’re probably overfed but malnourished. If you have extreme sugar cravings, your body is definitely screaming for more energy. It’s not about willpower; your body knows that’s where the quick energy is and makes you want it. But sugar actually causes your body to have a quick rush and then crash, leaving you more tired and depleted than before the craving. Most people with adrenal fatigue experience sugar cravings.
Tip: Find more natural sweetness in your life; try a smoothie made with 1/2 banana, strawberries, rice protein powder, spirulina, and almond milk. For health adventurers add a few kale leaves to that smoothie. And use all the tips from the above food personalities, as sugar cravings tend to have multiple root causes.

If you see yourself in some of these personalities and would like to make some changes, I recommend you join me on the complimentary S.A.D. C.R.A.P.™ teleclass on October 7, 2010.

And if you don’t know where to begin, are too busy to figure it all out on your own, or just want more support, you are a great candidate for the Delicious Cleanse that begins October 14.

If you want to change your food personality and stop feeling like a pumpkin or ghoul, get the tools you need to see the real, lasting results you want in your life!

p.s. Notice all the shameless plugs for the Delicious Cleanse in this article? Good! It’s because I want you to get healthier and happier now… for good!

p.p.s. To make it more fun: the FIRST person to correctly count the number of links to the Delicious Cleanse (including this one) in this article and email it to me at Cleanse(at)EnjoyDeliciousHealth(dot)com will get $100 off this program. We start Oct. 14th. Deal? Deal!

p.p.p.s. SURVEY: Which Food Personality are you? Take a quick 20-second survey by CLICKING HERE. I’ll share the results on my FB page and in next month’s eZine.

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Cristel October 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

I think you might be missing another personality, which may be a variant of the stressed out, super busy person: the working parent. You are on your feet all day long, you do not eat junk cause you have banned it from the house and from your handbag less your children cach you in the act! But u cannot recall the last time you had a two course sit down meal at home, cause you are constantly interrupted by children, colleagues, teachers, siters, laundry etc…as a result you don’t prioritize chewing!!!
I certainly don’t claim to have the solution to this hectic life but I have found a few tricks that helped me integrate simla’s teachings (I took her class to rebuild my energy after my first child in 2008) into our family life. If Simla invites me to post a few guest entries on he blog I can talk in detail about three things I do Weekly : 1) roasted chicken and chicken broth ; 2) weds night cook at our house and 3) house account at the local healthy supermarket.

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