Tailoring a Diet for You

Personality and childhood have a lot to do with your eating habits. Imagine yourself growing up in a household where one of your parents was a marathoner while the other parent was a competitive body builder.

You would have been raised on eating very healthy and probably bland foods by today’s standards. Soda and fast foods would have been non existent in this imaginary family.

Conversely, a child raised in a family such as mine, Italian was filled with pasta, bread, pizza, and plenty of dessert. When I visited my grandparents everything was “monja,” meaning EAT in Italian.

There was pleasure eating very good tasting food which I still desire to this day. But nutritionally the flour based foods were not good for the body in the way we used to put down the pasta and bread.

Fortunately, my family would typically serve a meat which I have learned as an adult is that the protein would offset the carbs. (see glycemic index) There was typically a vegetable and a salad readily available. Of course being a kid it was pasta, bread and desserts.

That was a different time and exercise was no problem. We only had 3 TV stations and there was nothing too entertaining that would interfere with playing outside. So the exercise would counter act all the flour based foods I would consume.

Emotional Eater personality Type

Adulthood gives you the freedom to choose what the eat. Based on your childhood experiences and the pleasurable associations of food will most of the time lead to nutritionally bad choices. Emotional eating is caused by a trigger that helps relieve the pressure, stress, or negative feelings you are currently having. That would label you as an emotional eater.

One of the main problems of an emotional eater is that you will eat when your not hungry. It’s food for mood. This will undoubtedly throw some extra calories and fat to your troubled areas. Sometimes boredom will cause you to go for the cookie jar.

The emotional eater will grab the first pleasurable looking snack to be found. It will soothe the moment and provide some instant pleasure. If there is enough guilt it can turn into an all out binge with the idea of “well I have already blown it I may as well enjoy it.” I’ll make it up later.” This mentality leads to a yo-yo diet approach which is doomed to fail.

Fixing the Emotional Eater

There are some steps you can take to fight back on the bad binges. 1. Get rid of the bad sugary, starchy snacks. Look for alternatives and develop a relationship (positive association) with those better nutritional foods.

2. Get your domain loaded up with good snacks that are easily available.

(see snack smart)

3. Prepare in advance some delicious tasting snacks. Try some peanut butter (natural brand) on celery or hummus on whole grain pita. Boil some eggs and have them peeled and ready to eat. Have some sliced turkey around, or protein bars when you are craving a candy bar.

4. Drink a glass of water (add lemon) before you go into binge mode.

5. Put up some positive reinforcement around you especially in the kitchen.

That would be some pictures of when you were in great shape or a picture of a person you would like to model your body after. Post your weight goals.

6. Join a support group. Hearing other people go through the same challenges you do eases the guilt.

7. Track your eating patterns. When you know where the enemy is you can find a strategy to defeat him.

Convenience Eater Personality Type

This is a busy person who always seems to be on the run. They will typically gab the first edible thing on their way out the door just to get something in their stomach. The problem is eating right all the time is a hassle. The convenience eater will skip meals, grab fast food or buy what looks good at the grocery store. They will typically eat late or right before bed.

The best thing to do for the convenience eater is to meal plan and add some consistency to an eating regimen. The mind set has to be changed and appointments set to eat properly. The grab and go has to be tamed.

1.Plan and pack ahead.

2. Batch cook and store in reusable containers. When on the go it is easy to grab a pre-cooked nutritional meal.

3. Have good snacks ready and available. Quit grabbing your kids powdered donuts.

4. Make it a point to have several fruits a day.

5. Cut out all soda. Drink water. Add lemon to give it some flavor. Your body is 70% water. Keep it hydrated so it can flush out the toxins.