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What’s Your Nutrition Personality Type?

I’ve noticed that different people respond differently to a major part of our  lives: what we put in our mouths several times a day or how we treat our bodies.

There are 5 personality types within nutrition and health.Where do you stand?

Note: You can make up your own category if you wish!

1. Don’t Care:

These are the people who eat what they like, or what is convenient, or what  they always have eaten. A major part of the population used to be in this  category.

Now, because there is now so much attention in the media on the possible  benefits of food and all the dangers of not having a healthy lifestyle, this  category is shrinking.

But this group is still huge, and the largest segment is men. Men  traditionally just don’t pay as much attention to this aspect of their lives and  rely on their spouses and eventually a doctor to take care of them. Forget about organic. Don’t bother with green.  They are too busy for that.

2. Enthusiastic:

These are people who have been introduced to some food or nutritional  knowledge, and are eager for its benefits.

He who has health, has hope. And he who has  hope, has everything.

The more positive feedback they get from their bodies, the more enthusiastic  they become! They often eagerly share their information with friends, etc.

 

3. Health Nut:

“If you call yourself a health nut, it’s  usually good. When someone else calls you a health nut … it’s definitely bad!”

A health nut is someone who is enthusiastic about nutrition and tries to be  on top of the most recent knowledge, but realizes that not everyone has  the same enthusiasm or beliefs.

Did you know that, ten years ago, if you talked about  antioxidants or omega-3 fatty acids, you were branded a health nut by  others?

Now it’s common knowledge. You know it is common when food packagers are  advertising that their yogurt or juice (or whatever) is now packed full of these  amazing ‘new’ ingredients.

Today’s health nut…

  • Has tried vegan, raw, or vegetarian at least once.
  • Of course, eats quinoa and green smoothies. Doesn’t everyone?
  • When asked to bring chips and dip, turns up with kale chip and homemade  hummus.

4. Obsessive:

This category could also be called the old-fashioned word, hypochondriac.

“The trouble with being a hypochondriac these  days is that antibiotics have cured all the good diseases.” — Caskie  Stinnett

Once you have experienced the different effects of food, it’s quite easy to  get obsessed about trying to control it – particularly if you are suffering in  some way.

The danger in this is that the mind is extremely powerful, and can create its  own responses in the body, even if they are not appropriate.

A further complication to this situation is that there is so much new  nutritional information coming out all the time. It’s easy to get confused by  conflicting information, or scared by dangerous toxins, etc.

. Fanatic:

Fanatics are people who have come to believe in a certain food rule, and  think that everyone else should also follow this. They believe this so  strongly that they don’t see other people’s viewpoint or don’t care. Fanatics  can be inspiring and can actually have good nutritional information, but because  they are so rigid, they can be aggressive against those who don’t share their  views.

 

Everyone is doing their best! Once you have been in the  health field long enough, you see that the field of health is still as much an  art as a science – that the details are constantly changing and it is therefore  just as important how you approach the goal as your specific actions.

At Real Food for  Life, Diana and I realized that we didn’t want to be ‘fanatics.’ Even though  we are familiar with all the RULES to eating, we do not want to be always  dishing them out in a rigid way, because that is not the most helpful way.

That is why we focus on principles to eating, instead of  rigid rules. We also teach Healthy Weekend Online BootCamps where people can, for short  periods of time, focus on the skills and knowledge to put  health principles  into everyday use. There are BootCamps for alkalizing your body, or losing  weight, or cooking gluten-free, all from the comfort of your home.

Where do you see yourself in this mix? Leave comments  below.

I must admit, that sometimes I stray to the dark side.  I do worry sometimes  and do judge others. Mostly, I relate most with the ‘health nut’ right now. As a  child, I was in the ‘don’t care’ category. I guess we all started out that  way!

Written by Randy Fritz, co-creator of Real Food For Life

Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for  helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After  testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system  she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent  book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy  Living Network and Healthy  Cooking. She is the head chef at Real  Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food  for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook  or  Twitter (@DancinginLife).

 

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