Do you ever try to figure people out? Do you wonder about the depths of who someone really is when you first meet them? Throughout time, there have been countless methods, whether by reading stars, palms, faces, or minds, that have lifted the veil revealing the inner landscape of a person.
Perhaps all you need to do is have a meal with them to know more about them.
After all, research shows that we make more than 200 decisions about food every day. As a result, our relationship with eating says something rather significant about how we choose to live our lives. This idea may not be far-fetched, considering that we have long been told "you are what you eat."
Would you like to peel back the onion layers of your next date, business contact, or distant family member? Go out to eat and watch what they order. Here are some general guidelines on how to gauge personality based on food choices — see if any of these descriptions hold true for your dinner dates!
The high protein of the meat and the lack of brightly colored palette suggest that these folks are rather "down to earth." For them to be satisfied, they need to be financially stable and secure with a job, home, and family. You can typically trust these people and get practical, grounded advice from them. They don't like to let people down, and they won't want you to let them down either. Getting stuck in the "steak-and-potatoes rut" may be symbolic of a less adventurous, "stick in the mud" personality, and resistance to change.
Without a doubt, carb cravers are those who tend to do too much, which is why they need all that quick energy from carbohydrates. They love throwing themselves in the midst of action and excitement. These folks are stressed and are attempting to balance their brain biochemistry by pumping up their feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin. Carb-lovers are missing comfort and sweetness in their lives. Rather than dive into the cushy comfort of carbs, they might want to find other ways to create joy and happiness, like spending time with friends or engaged in hobbies that nourish them.
For the sugar-lovers, there's always room for dessert, no matter what, and dinner is the gateway to what they really want: the sweets. Their days are speckled with soft drinks and saccharine snacks. They may be incredibly sweet people, but they may not feel their lives are sweet, which is why they may be trying to take a short cut to sweetness through food. Those sinking in sugar need more happiness and laughter. By encouraging a stimulating, stress-free dinner conversation, they may not feel the need to bury themselves under a blanket of white!
The Salt Shaker
People who add salt to just about anything (even before trying it first!) are really looking for flow and movement in their lives. They want to "shake things up" but they don't know how. Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure in salt-sensitive individuals, causing too much fluid retention. What these people need is to move, dance, and flow into healthier lives.
Although it's not the absolute path to figuring out the complex nature of one's being, food choices say volumes about someone's life — giving insight on their health, social views, emotional state, and approach to living. Indeed, the plate is a small window into the soul!
Curious to learn more about the Food & Spirit™ approach? I invite you to check out my free Nourish Your Whole Self report here.