As someone who likes everything about food, making it, buying it, reading and writing about it, cooking it and obviously sharing and eating it, I do admit to there being more of me than if I was indifferent to it…

Ever interested in trying to counteract the effects of my interest, passion and indulgence, I was looking on the BBC food page (actually looking for a recipe, I confess) when I came across a piece about deciding what sort of eater you are in order to best try to get to the desired weight you want to be. There were twelve questions:

  1. Do you have the desire to eat when you are irritated or when someone lets you down?
  2. At the end of a typical meal, how often do you feel like you haven’t had enough to eat?
  3. Sometimes when I start eating, I just can’t seem to stop
  4. Do you have a desire to eat when things are going against you or when things have gone wrong?
  5. If you pass a plate of biscuits or a bowl of crisps, how often will you pick one up?
  6. How often do you feel hungry?
  7. Do you eat large portion sizes?
  8. It seems like I have food on my mind a lot
  9. Do you have a desire to eat when you are feeling lonely?
  10. When you are preparing food are you inclined to eat something?
  11. When you are going through a stressful or upsetting time, what happens to your eating?
  12. When you’re out at a meal with friends, do they all seem to get full before you, even when you’re eating the same thing?

The results were in terms of whether you are a:

  • feaster
  • constant craver
  • emotional eater

I came out as mostly a feaster, sometimes a constant craver; ok, feaster yes, but constant craver? Not at all. Apparently I need to follow a high protein, low GI diet… and it offered me a selection of recipes:

  • Porridge with berries
  • Curried chicken and rice salad
  • Warm, spiced oranges with labneh
  • Blackberry and apple crumble smoothie
  • Greek salad
  • Bacon and mushroom frittata
  • Herby smoked salmon omelette
  • Smoked salmon open-topped sandwich
  • Roasted pepper with goats’ cheese
  • Spicy tuna, tomato and olive pasta
  • Lamb skewers with Turkish salad
  • Overnight muesli with apple and nuts
  • Tuna bean salad
  • Bacon and white bean soup
  • Turkey skewers and bulgur salad
  • Penne with peas and beans
  • Mexican bean stew
  • Southern-style pork and beans
  • Mozzarella chicken with butter bean mash
  • Chicken dhansak curry
  • Harissa baked fish with bulgur wheat
  • Moroccan vegetables with couscous
  • Salmon and Puy lentils with parsley
  • Spicy lentils and chickpeas
  • Thai beef and mixed pepper stir-fry
  • Fruity yoghurt jellies

Well, I’m not very keen on sweet things (apart from my family)… There are other things I just don’t like, which leaves me with:

  • Greek salad
  • Smoked salmon open-topped sandwich
  • Roasted pepper with goats’ cheese
  • Spicy tuna, tomato and olive pasta
  • Lamb skewers with Turkish salad
  • Bacon and white bean soup
  • Harissa baked fish with bulgur wheat
  • Moroccan vegetables with couscous
  • Salmon and Puy lentils with parsley
  • Spicy lentils and chickpeas

… which is pretty much what I eat anyway, so really, it hasn’t exactly helped me!

The thing the questions didn’t seem to appreciate was, that some people – maybe most people, eat too much because they just actually love food, the smell, taste, look of it, eating as a pleasurable thing to do, especially with other people; I felt there should have been questions in the little test which reflect this eg:

  1. do you eat more when you are in company with other people?
  2. do you eat more when you are in a lovely pub/café/restaurant/tearoom?
  3. do you eat more when you also have a nice glass of wine?
  4. do you associate eating and food with happy and joyous occasions?
  5. do you eat more when you are happy?
  6. do you eat more when you’ve cooked it yourself?
  7. do you eat more than you know you want/need because of the way you have been brought up not to waste anything?
  8. do you find cooking creative, challenging and enjoyable, and eat the results, feeling creative, challenged and full of enjoyment?
  9. do you eat extra things you are curious to try because you’ve not eaten them before?
  10. are you polite and accept kindly offered refreshments?
  11. do you like the physical sensations of eating?
  12. do you just love food?

I, like most overweight people, do actually know what to do for themselves personally – everyone is different after all!

here is a link to the page:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2csfg8#orb-banner

8 thoughts on “So what sort of eater am I?

  1. When I found out that I was pre- diabetic I had to change my eating habits. I was allowed 180 carbohydrates a day and encouraged to eat a lot more fiber. Within 6 months my blood glucose was near normal, my blood pressure was perfect and I lost 50 pounds and 8 inches off my waist. So weight loss can be accomplished but exercise is also the key. Foods that were normal fare are now considered a treat. I don’t feel that I want for anything and the joy of good health is a reward in itself. Counting calories is a fools game that will only lead to frustration and depression. I love reading your recipes and your pictures make me drool but I have chosen a different path. I eat to live not live to eat. Hope I didn’t repeat myself. Thanks!

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