Have you ever given much thought to what type of eater you are? Well, much like fashion, everyone has his or her own personal style when it comes to eating habits. Diet, frequency, and feelings of fullness and starvation alike all manifest differently in people. And while determining your personal eating type may sound self-explanatory, it’s actually more complex than you might think.
It’s not what we eat, but why we eat, Brad Lamm, interventionist, founder and CEO of Change Inc., and founder of Breathe Life Healing Centers, told The Cheat Sheet over email. Author, teacher, and interventionist, Lamm overcame his own personal battles before dedicating his professional life to helping people make life-enhancing changes. His expertise has been featured on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, and TODAY, and he created and produced an eight-part documentary series, Addicted to Food, for Oprah Winfrey. And now, Lamm is once again reaching the masses with a helpful test that can determine, what he calls, an individual’s Food IQ.
According to Lamm, there are six different types of eating styles, each with their own set of behaviors and tendencies. Here, Lamm delivers his insight, along with tips on how you can combat each one.
1. Emotional eater
If you’re a person who grabs a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every time you’ve had a bad day at work, it’s likely you’re an emotional eater. This type of eater describes a person who consumes calories to celebrate when they’re happy, or sulk when they’re sad. Essentially, what, how, and when you eat all goes back to how you feel. There’s no thinking about how what you’re eating will make you feel in the near future; an emotional eater simply looks to satisfy an emotion with food based on a given moment.
Lamm’s tip: Keep a food journal. List what you eat and how you were feeling when you ate it. This way, you’ll be able to identify what feelings trigger you to eat, and which need you actually should be dealing with, instead of just “eating your feelings.”