What type of eater are you?
It is no secret that I believe awareness is the key to breaking through old habits to make way for new, healthy ones. Once you create the awareness and desire to make a change, you get to figure out: what type of eater you are?
Take a look at these 4 "eaters". It's possible for us to fall into different categories at different times, but I want you to really think about which one do you fall into 80% of the time:
1. FUEL EATING is eating foods that support your body and its needs. This is clean eating. Eating real, whole, natural, minimally processed foods that provide you with energy and nourishment and feel good in your body. You want to eat fuel foods 80% of the time.
2. FUN EATING is eating any foods that you love to eat that don’t necessarily give you anything back. In other words, food that tastes great and you enjoy, but don’t offer any real nutritional value (i.e. cake, wine, potato chips, candy, etc.). You want to pay careful attention when eating fun foods to be sure you are receiving the pleasure that they provide.
3. FOG EATING is anytime you eat without awareness. You are munching on chips without even tasting them, you are snacking on your kids’ peanut butter and jelly crusts while making lunch, you finish off a bag of candy before you even realize how much you ate and don’t even remember what it tasted like. Fog eating is not enjoyable or purposeful; it’s an unconscious munch that we are not even aware we are doing.
4. STORM EATING is binge eating, or eating out of control. It is anytime you can’t stop yourself. You are aware that you are eating and you want to stop, but you feel like you can’t stop or like you can’t control yourself. It’s almost like you are watching another person inside your own body. Sometimes this happens if we let ourselves get too hungry, and sometimes it happens when we have an overwhelming emotion that we do not want to feel. Storm eating is usually followed by regret and shame. Many times it’s done in private or in hiding.
Which few do you fall into and when?