Has Foodie Become A Personality Type

I may be bias because I am a personal trainer but I feel like food has taken over all things social, emotional and even physical. I understand that food is an art form. Enjoying the pure essence of something that entertains your taste buds is enjoyable. I get it. But since when did a 'Foodie' become a personality type? 

I've coached hundreds of people. Nutrition is the hardest hurdle to tackle because of all the habits that one has to change. 

I've come up with a little list of foodie personality types. If you do consider yourself a 'foodie' then learning how to navigate these constructs is going to be vital to your health and fitness. 

1. Licensed Snacker
Instead of eating true meals that will actually be satiating this person eats snacks all day long. A handful of almonds here and a spoonful of peanut butter there. It's John's birthday at work so a piece of a cake at work won't hurt right. Let's not forget about their favorite candy spread throughout the day. But it is only the 100 calorie pack so it doesn't really count.  

The reasons for snacking vary but they revolve around boredom, anxiety, curiosity, or because food is in arms length which is just pure habit. I've found that this person is often frustrated by not hitting there weight loss goals. They believe that they practice self restraint because they didn't eat the whole cake or all the peanut butter. If you were to ask them if they ate well today they will tell you with a straight face that they only ate 1-2 times per day. Because snacks don't count right? 

Guess what, those jelly beans add up. Sorry. 

Priority number one for this personality type is to realize that all calories count, in all portions and amounts.

Anyone with this habit has to wean themselves off this behavior slowly. Because they typically snack like it's second nature. A helpful tool to change this habit is to start tracking food intake. This will paint the picture of where you stand calorically. Another good tool is to make sure you are getting enough fiber. It is difficult to consume nutritionally empty foods and have a good daily fiber intake. Men should consume somewhere between 27 - 38 grams per day and women should consume somewhere between 21 - 26 grams per day. This nutrient slows down digestion and promotes fullness! Fiber rich foods include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Another great technique is to practice more food caution. Before you eat something ask the question, "Why am I snacking?" Is this behavior due to my nerves, anxiety, or boredom? Or is this a coping mechanism?"

2. The Chock Full Eater
Do you have your going out to eat jeans? Or do you have an outfit that you wear that hides how full you are because you know you are going to go ham at your favorite restaurant tomorrow evening? Unzipping your pants midway through your meal to 'make room'. Do you have a habit of leaning back in the chair and rubbing your stomach only to brag about how full you are?

This person may live by the notion of, "I see food, I consume food until it is gone."

You can chalk it up to having a big appetite, not eating enough at breakfast, or because you skipped lunch so you could eat a big dinner. Your parents may even have made you eat all your food on your plate before you could get up from the dinner table. That doesn't mean that you have to eat yourself into a coma every time the opportunity presents itself. 

Granted you may have the work ethic of a race horse, but working out is often seen as an excuse to overindulge and eat more food than you need.

My wife is my witness that I can not stand to be full. I find it to be extremely uncomfortable and the worst frame of mind to be in. I once read a book about the Okinawan culture and their eating principles. I'm always curious of other cultures, especially cultures that are living well beyond 100 gracefully. They have an interesting saying that is called "Hara Hachi Bu." It is a saying they say so they will stop eating before they are full. They eat to 80% full and push the plate away. They don't eat until they are full, they eat until they are no longer hungry.

Nutrition is a skill and you have to practice mindfulness. 

Practice taking time between each bite to actually enjoy and savor the particular flavors of your food. Patience during your meal is valuable. Your brain doesn't immediately register that your stomach is full and that can lead into to overeating.

Improving your awareness is key no matter what your food personality might be. 

Be on the lookout for part two tomorrow. 

Failed Success

Have you ever gone to the gym and started your workout routine and felt like not being there or something just felt off? Maybe you were tired that day. Maybe you didn’t eat enough. Maybe you were just simply having an off day.  

That was me today.

I walked in the gym with my head phones on with my music bumping through the speakers.  I was ready to begin my leg workout. I got through my warm up with ease.  I even did well on my first two sets of barbell squats but as the weight got heavier my body was not responding well.  My last sets were brutal.  My body felt so weak, I was distracted, I was tired and hungry. My form was suffering from my body’s inability to get with the program! I kept trying to correct my form but my mind and body were fighting against each other.  

Why is this soooo frustrating!?!

I know a lot of people have asked the same question! The gym can make you feel feelings that you don’t like feeling.  Some of you have probably experienced this many times when going to the gym.

Before, when the sense of frustration came over me, I would just leave the gym because my workout was completely “ruined.”  I became unmotivated and discouraged.  How in the heck are you supposed to get excited after failing during a set?? Now that I have more experience, I will tell you a little secret… you don’t.  If you really want to succeed at something nothing will stop you.  You get up and try again.  So after a “failure” you have to brush off the bad reps and sets, and you move on.  It took me a little bit to let my failures go.  I wanted to go back and redo them because they weren’t good enough.  But that’s what lifting and exercise is about. Learning that it’s okay to fail or to have a bad lift or rep because you learn from it.  

So, you failed.  When you fail, you don’t just accept it, you stay and fight for it.  

Failure is part of the process that will lead you to success. 
Failure is essential.  
Failure is vitality.  

After my failed attempt at my last set of squats, I prepared for the next exercise.  I dwelled on my squats for a few seconds and reminded myself that I had an entire workout left, and I could not let a few bad repetitions ruin the rest of my workout.  My coach told me to think of each repetition as being one step closer to my goal and to not waste a rep.  Today, I felt like I had done the opposite of what my coach advised me but some days you just have an off day.  I finished the rest of my workout with my head held high and a big smile because I did not allow the first part of my workout stop me from finishing strong.

Your exercise success isn’t about how well you do on the days you feel 100 percent or the days where you killed your workout.  No, exercise success is about how you fight and claw your way back to a place where your mentally prepared to attack the next exercise regardless of any flaw or failure.  Your success is determined by your grind and getting through the mental aspects of FAILING. 

In my many years of exercising, I can tell you that I have experienced this feeling quite a few times, but I have just recently learned how truly beneficial it is to fail.