Food for Thought
Ever notice that everyone seems to have a different way of eating their food? Let’s be honest, we all know that one person who likes to chew their food obnoxiously loud. That relative who seems to inhale their dinner, and that friend who will refuse to try something new, even if their life depends on it.
We’ve all heard the cliche, “You are what you eat”, but have you ever considered “you are HOW you eat?” Everything you do is a reflection of who you are and our eating habits play into this. The food you eat, the way you eat it, and the way you arrange a meal on your plate can express a lot about who you are as a person. You may be surprised how accurate your eating habits are in relation to your personality.
Lets dive in with a little bit of background. Food-ology is a play on words that refers to the linkage between food and psychology. Behavioral food expert and researcher, Juliet Boghossian has been studying this idea for more than 20 years. This concept ties together food related habits to personality traits and behavioral tendencies.
Juliet has helped big name brands such as Starbucks, Godiva, and Baskin Robbins with their product marketing. Her findings have been featured in many publications such as The Huffington Post, Consumer Health Digest, and Cosmopolitan. I sifted through multiple articles and came across some interesting findings.
What we Eat and How we Eat it
I love spicy food and I’m all about trying new things, whether it be a hot dish on the menu, or a new life experience. Coincidentally, spicy food is associated with thrill seeking – it should come as no surprise that I am an avid roller coaster addict. Until recently, I never put two and two together, but it makes sense. Just as all our life decisions speak volumes in terms of our character, so does our food.
The more you think about some of these correlations, the more obvious they become. In fact, as I’m sitting here writing this, I can pinpoint some of these eating behaviors and personality traits with certain people. It makes total sense that an extrovert would love fatty foods, sweets, and alcohol because generally these are all social things. Going to that awesome burger joint wouldn’t be the same without the company of someone else, am I right? And the dessert you HAVE to try from that one restaurant won’t be the same without someone to share it with. Playing right into our obvious correlations, the conscientious people, who are likely to make healthy eating decisions. This is because conscientious people tend to be careful about everything – part of this includes their bodies for their own physical and mental peace of mind.
What our Plate Says About our Personality
Even the way we arrange food on our plate speaks volumes as to how we are in real life. Cosmopolitan published an article with a list of different ways people arrange a family-style meal on their plate. This article broke down the meaning behind why people arrange their food in certain ways into seven categories:
-Giving equal space to each food
-Messily slopping on scoops of different foods with the borders overlapping and sauces running into one another
-Piling food into a salad or soup bowl instead of on the dinner plate
-Eating off a partner’s plate
-Only putting one kind of food on the plate at a time
-Stacking foods on top of each other
-Eating dessert and dinner on the same plate
The people who give equal space to food on their plate are more disciplined whereas, people who eat dinner and dessert on the same plate tend to be more impulsive. The messy eaters who slop everything onto each other are said to be down-to-earth, easy going, and free spirited. Those who prefer to eat all their food out of a bowl tend to be creative and unique. It’s a really cool concept when you think about it, what does your plate say about your personality?
“How we act in and around food represents who we are – our character, our motivations, our strengths and fears – ultimately, how we think! and why we do the things we do.” -Juliet Boghossian
So, do your eating habits line up with your personality? Give us your feedback!