On my days off, I easily waste away watching my favorite shows on the Food Network, though, it’s not a complete waste since I gain so much from the charismatic guest judges, the inventive competitors, and the seasoned chefs.
I’ve even gained some courage and push from “The Worst Cooks in America,” to pull out my cutting board and try new cooking techniques and non-amateur dishes.
In indulging my inner T.V. zombie, I’ve gained plenty of culinary knowledge while also indulging in the greatness of certain T.V. chef personalities.
I know a few women who swoon as soon as the talented and debonair Bobby Flay spits his egg in the kitchen. I happen to have an affinity for the suave hosting charm of Ted Allen. I also enjoy the flair and hair of Mr. Flavor town, himself, Guy Fieri. As charming and entertaining as these T.V. personalities are, the main reason I am drawn to the Food Network is to gain insight into my cooking personality and niche.
Recently I was informed that there might be a link between personality types, emotional status, and food preference. This newest culinary debacle is geared to helping people understand how to create purposeful patterns of nourishment to influence physiological and psychological wellbeing positively.
As it stands, there is an introspective questionnaire claiming to indicate the subjective preference that shapes how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. Before you hit the search bar to browse away from this article for fear that I’m attempting an intellectual overload, or trying to sell you on some new prophetic gastronomical mumbo jumbo, I can assure you my reasoning and logic are quite simple.
The Myers-Briggs test is quite the illuminating prospect for self-reflection. In brief, the questionnaire offers four questions, each having two possible answer choices, none of which are better or worse than the other.
The four-part goal is to see if you’re inwardly or outwardly focused, to understand the manner in which you receive information, to understand the way in which you make decisions, and how you prefer to respond to those around you.
Based on the letters given from answering the four questions, you can build an acronym that expounds your personality type with respect to the 16 possible combinations. For clarity, an example of test results could read INFJ, ENTP, or ESTJ.
The aid of this psychological insight helps us highlight our particular eating habits about the patterns of decision-making. For instance, an individual who is INFP is someone who is true to their values, holds a dependent and holistic sense of being, and promotes human development and spiritual harmony. With this in mind, this individual is more likely to find healthy salads appetizing rather than a hearty helping of meat.
Even if you decide to shun away the Myers-Briggs questionnaire, there are still emotional patterns of eating that draw on psychological and personal preferences. Here’s a short list:
- Heavy Meat- Down-to-Earth individual who is used to tradition and craves a steady habitual lifestyle
- Carb Crazy- Has a lack of balance in routine and seeks comfort through temporary replenishing
- Veggie virtues- Someone who wants to be calm and generous in all aspects. Their lifestyle aims to promote healthy social awareness.
- Sugar and Sweets- often have moments of weakness in term of self-honesty and gravitates to energy-spiking rewards.
- Fire and Spice- This person likely craves control and intensity, yet they are logical in their passions.
- The Stuffer- handles weight and pressure in extreme amounts. Stuffing results from a lack of power and self-control in reality.
I must give the disclaimer that since individuality is impacted by cultural experience, relationships, and taste, one might walk the line of between individual food styles and occasional accouterments.
However, in doing the research, I find the suggestions on patterning my diet to my lifestyle and everyday logic is actual. My results from the Myers Brigg questionnaire as well as the advice on emotional eating lead me to believe I am on somewhat of the right track in dietary preference. Still, there is room for improvement as far as my time management and habits go.
Taking the test and seeing what my food personality reveals about my overall way of life is a step toward holistic wellbeing, and I’m all for it.
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