Ever since Dr. Oz posted the question, “What’s Your Eating Personality Type?” on his blog last year, there has been a lot of chatter about this subject. Actually, there has been a lot of talk about this subject for several years now. Multiple books have been written on the topic. As a matter of fact, you can even take an eating personality quiz on Dr. Oz’s site to figure out what your eating personality is if you are not sure. Still scratching your head wondering what exactly is an eating personality type? Depending on who you ask or read, the answer to that question can differ. My favorite definition comes from the authors of “Intuitive Eating” – Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. They breakdown eating personalities as:
- The Careful Eater
Seems healthy and fit but secretly anguishes over ever mouthful of food and worries about it’s affect on the body.
- The Unconscious Eater
Doesn’t even realize that he or she is eating let along how much is being consumed.
This main category includes sub-categories: chaotic unconscious eater, never refuses food unconscious eater and never wastes food unconscious eater.
- Emotional Unconscious Eater
Eats when experiencing various feelings – sadness, loneliness, anger or even happiness.
Always on a diet.
- Intuitive Eater
Tribole and Resch define the Intuitive Eater as “A person who makes food choices without experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma. Honors hunger, respects fullness, enjoys the pleasure of eating.”
When I took the Dr. Oz Eating Personality Quiz, I landed in the emotional eater category. Not surprising. However, looking at these eating personality definitions makes me want to thoroughly explore intuitive eating.