What is your Dining Personality?
Whether you’re a socialite and the life of the party, a reserved bookworm, or a free spirit that blows every way the wind blows, your personality can play large role in your ability to achieve a healthier weight. Follow this guide to discover your dining personality and learn which tools are available to help you succeed.
Explore the Dining Personalities
Grazers, or munchers, enjoy eating little bits throughout the day. They often are unaware of their eating habits and often ignore the quality or quantity of the foods they eat. Meals are rare, but this person often enjoys planned and unplanned snacks. The unplanned snacks can be related to impulsivity. Are you a one-is-enough person or do you find trouble stopping once you’ve started? This personality is most at risk for distracted and spontaneous dining.
Grazers would benefit from:
- Mindful eating exercises and Stress Management resources
- Explore why you eat
- Food journaling or helpful Apps to raise awareness of what, when, where and why one eats
- Plan meals to maximize energy and minimize hunger
- Revamping the food environment to limit spontaneous temptations, like that candy dish on the counter or crackers and cheese after work
Traditionally, this introverted dining personality tends to be less impulsive and may pay little attention to the emotional and social aspects of food. They eat for energy and mere necessity. Quality and presentation do not matter to the Survivalist. They also often forget to eat – finding greater satisfaction from their work or play – and by the time they remember, they are over-hungry.
Survivalist may benefit from:
- Education on food and nutritional science to better understand the food they eat from a UW Health Registered Dietitian
- Healthy eating equation that helps them to add up the day’s foods to be sure they are consuming a well-rounded diet by using the Nutrition Facts Label or helpful Apps
- Setting an alarm to remind them when it is time to refuel
- Explore ideas for Breakfast and Lunch to avoid skipping meals
- Practicing mindful eating exercises to tune into the cues from their body
The Scripted Diner
Do you tend to follow the rules? Perhaps, you tend to be very black and white, or literal? These diners like to keep things routine. Many of their habits started when they were children and carry into adulthood. Scripted diners often dislike change and enjoy the ease and simplicity of routine. Most eat the same foods everyday with or without variety. Also, if you’re hard on yourself, you may be more likely to continue overeating after you’ve slipped up and experience symptoms or feelings of guilt.
Scripted Diners benefit from:
- Resources for practicing self care
- Try new foods to avoid nutritional ruts that can lead to deficiency
- Explore foods with different tastes and textures to prevent aversions and explore local agriculture with a CSA
- Add excitement to eating with new ideas for Breakfast and Lunch
- Strong social support systems who help make eating and achieving a healthy weight in an uncomplicated way. Consider consulting a UW Health Registered Dietitian
Socialites love sharing food with others. They like to dine with other people and show their love and affection by preparing food for friends and family. Food may be at the center of their social world, where a gathering is not the same without food. Socialites find themselves lost without a crowd and find it difficult to eat well when they are alone. They may neglect to care for themselves and their own needs apart from food; they are more prone to emotional eating.
Socialites would benefit from:
- Recipes and Cooking Classes on how to prepare healthful foods for one person or 20 people
- Ideas on how to give the gift of food
- Tips on self care
- Achieving a healthier weight as part of a small group, or in a social setting:
Reformed diners are those who achieved a radical lifestyle change that impacted the what, why, and how they eat. Most often the Reformer faced a health crisis that they conquered through healthful eating and exercise. These zesty individuals usually follow strict diets with intense exercise routines, often are well read, and have good reason for their lifestyle choices. The risk of being a Reformer is they often fear their old lifestyle and may be resistant to deviate from a current pattern.
Reformers would benefit from: