This quiz from the new food journal Sweat. Eat. Repeat.: The 90-Day Playbook to Change Your Food Habits, Improve Your Energy, and Reach Your Goals by Pamela Nisevich Bede can get you on the right track with food.
What Kind of Eater Are You?
Deep down, maybe you know what type of eater you are. Maybe you realize that “stress eating” is forcing you to wear leggings 24/7 because you refuse to buy larger pants. Or maybe you are snacking while reading this, and you know it’s the incremental mindless calories that are to blame. Or maybe you know that your less-than-healthy choices are the culprit. Then again, maybe you’re scratching your head with no idea of what may be holding you back. Whatever your status, you’re not alone.
Most of us have some idea of the types of foods we should choose more or less often. I call these “always foods” and “sometimes foods” to get away from the stigma of classifying foods into good and bad. It sounds simple, but making the right choice consistently without making it bigger than it needs to be is hard! Even if you have a PhD in nutrition, you can still run into setbacks. Simply knowing which foods belong on your plate and which nutrients you need, down to the milligram, will neither make you a healthy eater nor give you a great relationship with food. No matter who you are, mindless eating and emotional eating can derail your mind and body. If you know you’re predisposed to eating this way, you can put practices in place to change these habits that hold you back.
Start by taking the following quiz, which is adapted from a questionnaire commonly used in research studies and is one I’ve crafted for use in my practice. It’s useful in establishing a starting point to explore factors that might be holding you back from fully meeting your goals. It’s here to help you better identify what might be going on behind the scenes and therefore driving what’s on your plate. Be honest because the only one keeping score is you.