The book Intuitive Eating addresses different types of Eating Styles.
Careful Eater: This eater is focused on health and fitness, but agonizes over every bite consumed. Has a lot of hatred of “unhealthy” foods. Obsessed with food labels. Lots of guilt when “bad” foods are eaten. Uses nutritional information as a weapon.
Unconscious Eater: This eater multitasks when eating. May not feel that they deserve to take time to savor a meal. Many subtypes to this style of eating, which include:
Chaotic: Eats on the run if food is available; Over-scheduled; Thrives on chaos.
Refuse-Not: Can’t refuse any offer of food regardless of hunger levels.
Waste-Not: Triggered by free food, buffets; Member of the Clean Plate Club.
Emotional: Eats when uncomfortable, exiled feelings arise;
Professional Dieter: Always on a diet, or contemplating when next diet will begin. Focused on weight loss, not health. Stuck in a cycle of diet-restriction-binge eating.
Intuitive Eater: This eater has legalized all foods. Stays attuned to hunger & satisfaction levels. Enjoys food without any guilt. Listens to his/her body to see what would be a good match. Incorporates gentle nutrition into his/her eating.
It’s interesting to see how my eating style has changed throughout my Intuitive Eating Journey.
Before I hit Diet Bottom, I was a Professional Dieter. I felt very guilty when I ate foods that had a lot of points and calories. I berated myself for even THINKING about eating dessert. I woke up every morning feeling guilty about eating, even though I hadn’t even had breakfast yet.
As I began to legalize food, there were certain foods that glittered. After years of restricting, I began binge eating. I was definitely an Unconscious eater. I still struggle with unconscious eating from time to time. I definitely use food to disconnect from my physical body and my scary feelings.
I’m working on becoming an Intuitive Eater. I definitely know when my body is hungry and when it is full. Sometimes when I hit satisfaction I’m sad and disappointed. That’s usually a good time for me to inquire within and ask myself what I REALLY want or need.
What kind of eater are you? Has that changed throughout your dieting history?