Another ancient Greek healer, doctor and philosopher Hippocrates said we are what we eat. But it turns out that not only the choice of food matters, but also how it enters our body. What behavioral rituals are characteristic of a person?
For the first time, these questions were asked by a researcher in the field of eating behavior Juliet Bogosyan. For 20 years, she observed the behavior of people while eating and drew certain conclusions. Her ideas were supported by some other experts. Of course, their observations cannot be called scientifically proven facts, but they can give food for thought.
You eat very slowly
Such people enjoy every bite of food, and it seems that they are not in a hurry. They always finish the meal last, but this does not bother them at all.
According to Juliet Bogosyan, slow eaters like to be in control. They know the price of life, and therefore do not force events. Usually such people are self-confident, balanced and calm. They can put their own interests above the interests of others, for which they are sometimes called selfish. At work, they can just as slowly complete their tasks.
But the psychologist Julia Hormes notes that if people eat very slowly only sometimes, this may be due to a breakdown or depressed mood: “It is known that our mood affects the speed of food consumption”
From a health standpoint, eating slowly has great benefits. Research has linked it to greater satisfaction with eating and a longer feeling of fullness after a meal.
You love trying new things
Adventure lovers are always looking for new, unique dishes, love to cook and taste the exotic, and often offer gastronomic masterpieces to their acquaintances.
From the point of view of psychology, such a person is a thrill-seeker, risk-averse. He can be advised to exercise a sense of proportion in relation to others, not forcing anyone to eat food that he does not have a soul for or that is too exotic for him.
But interestingly, lovers of everything new in food are also open to new experiences in life — they easily go beyond their comfort zone and are not afraid of experiments. Such people can work well in multitasking conditions, but they may lack attention to everything. And sometimes they incorrectly prioritize tasks.
You finish your meal before everyone else
Usually fast eaters finish their meal when the other participants have not had time to eat even half of the food on the plate. Often the habit of eating quickly is formed in childhood, when adults do not like to wait and constantly rush the child.
At the same time, people who quickly finish a meal are often ambitious, highly motivated and purposeful, always open to new experiences. But they can also be impatient.
According to science, there is nothing wrong with eating fast. But eating too quickly is associated with certain health risks, including overeating and rapid weight gain.
You study the menu for a long time before placing an order.
There are people who read the menu fluently and quickly place an order after seeing the usual products in the recipe. And there are those that approach the order “with feeling, with sense, with arrangement.” They study each ingredient of the proposed dish, consider their compatibility, proofread the recipe and even, perhaps, think of something of their own. It takes them a lot of time to place an order and they will not be in a hurry.
Despite the fact that a long choice of dishes for a meal is a sign of indecision, such people become excellent leaders, often becoming leaders.
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You adapt to the pace of eating interlocutors
People who can adjust the pace of eating to the speed of eating dishes by other participants in the table have a high level of adaptation. They can adapt to different people and situations, which comes in handy in life.
They are usually friendly and outgoing, make friends easily and are able to maintain strong social bonds. This makes them popular among like-minded people. But their problem may be that they put other people’s priorities ahead of their own.
The feed rate depends on the workload
There are people who eat quickly when there is a lot of work to do, and very slowly when tasks can wait and every bite of food can be enjoyed.
Observations show that such people have high organizational skills: they like it when everything goes according to schedule. They are reliable and you can rely on them for any task. They always get things done and right on time. However, sometimes they do not have enough free time for themselves — due to a too busy work schedule or planned activities for others.
When dining at a common table, do not overeat sweets! In a 2019 study, processed foods with added sugar were proven to be hazardous to health. It increases the risks of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and metabolic syndrome.
Everything must be perfect on the table and on the plate.
Some people won’t start eating until the table looks the way they want. The bread and fork should be to the right of the plate, and the knife to the left. There should be napkins in the center of the table, and a salt shaker with salt and pepper next to it.
Before starting to eat, such people cut the food into pieces that are convenient for them or simply arrange the food on the plate according to some of their principles.
According to experts, such people are always on the alert. They think about every step they take and know for sure that one action will pull another. At work, they work hard, but always dream big, waiting to move up the career ladder. In relationships, they like to date and choose partners with good “prospects”.
You are very picky about food
To sit at a table with such a person is morally difficult. He asks a lot of questions, he is interested in every ingredient included in the dish, he simply does not eat much, and it is very difficult to please him. When dining out, he torments the waiter with questions, and then he can simply leave without placing an order.
Eating Behavior Specialist Juliet Bogosyan I am sure that such people “thrive” when they are in their comfort zone. They prefer to perform only those tasks and assignments with which they are familiar inside and out. But they are also very curious. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get answers.
However, they need to at least occasionally deviate from the rules and try something new. This way they can have an experience they like.
Proper nutrition is always a varied diet. Cooking meals with a small amount of your favorite foods, you doom yourself to a nutrient-poor diet. While studies show that eating more varied foods can reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome and some chronic diseases.
You can’t stand food mixing
There are people who can’t stand it if different parts of a meal come together on a plate. Their pasta should lie a little further than the patty, and the squash caviar should not touch the pasta. They adhere to the principles of “separate nutrition” and want to be respected.
Such people love cleanliness and order in everything. It is very important for them that everything is properly organized. However, it is desirable for them to learn how to find a compromise so that their companions at the table do not think that a person has an obsession with food.
As mentioned above, the descriptions of these eating habits do not purport to be scientifically accurate. But this is one of the ways to learn a little more about the interlocutor with whom you are at the same table. And then — to draw conclusions based on their own observations. Enjoy your meal!
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