Nothing we can’t correct or optimize. Almost all people could eat better. But not everyone has the same eating habits and challenges.
The Animalistic Eater
Eats when hungry, stops when full. Eats what is tasty, passes on what isn’t.
Intellectual tend to look down on such people as primitives. But looking at the alternatives below, it might not be such a bad idea to listen to what you like to eat and what you dislike, and when you like to eat and when it’s enough. Only when there is a conflict between what is eating well and what feels good, good health-supporting arguments should win.
Children often eat with passion what they like and reject what they dislike out-of-hand. It’s an art to give them wholesome options and be playful about it. Don’t forbid sweets but have them first eat their fill on food.
Quickly eats or drinks huge amounts or super-refined high-calorie low-fiber highly tasteless spiced-up white non-foods (like white flour, rice, sugar, milk) until stuffed. Satisfaction from chewing is not an option.
Many may simply not know that chewing a good wholesome meal can satisfy too, in a different way. They often don’t even realize they are abusing their body and health. They may have a habit to also spice up perfectly edible food (salt on cucumber). They may need chewable food to be phased in slowly, not to go cold-turkey from white to 100% whole flour.
The Emotional (Non-)Eater
Eats or stops eating because of emotions. Eats (or stops) when nervous. Eats to push away feelings of being lonely, bored, nervous or tired.
After the munching, you still feel the same distress but now also nauseous and guilty. There is no substitute for crying tears we need to shed.
In the end, our logic, not our emotions, should decide what, when and how much to eat. Not trying to ignore our emotions works but trying to find support for overcoming them.
The Habitual Eater
Eats what s/he’s used to. Why experiment when you know what you like? Deviation is sinful. Might eat out when with company.
Eating as routine. Chances are that the food gets no attention. Should we enjoy food while hearing the news or does that make us cruel? What’s wrong with some new recipes from time to time?
The Thrill-Seeking Eater
For them, normal food is boring. Always seeking new adventures, stimuli.
What’s wrong with some golden oldie recipes from time to time? Typically they may be ‘arrogant experts’ on really harmful non-foods (wine, beer, meat, etc.), and can talk about their superior knowledge forever (boring!).
The Addicted Junk Eater
Needs certain foods, amounts, kicks.
Anything that hurts the body and could even kill, in smaller amounts can make you addicted. You can’t get addicted to stuff and amounts that support your health.
They may need real food that their body craves first for some time before they can let go of the poison intake.
The Deliberate Eater
Eating to get muscles, lose weight, get pregnant, beat cancer, be healthy, adhere to spice laws or food ideology. Meals as prescribed by religion.
Eating less and moving more for weight loss are struggles that only can be won by those who will put up a battle of years. There’s no lasting quick fix.
It’s OK to think about and decide what you eat but not to the extent that there’s no difference anymore between taking medicine and eating. Eating should be something that’s enjoyable and that sustains your health.
So money people don’t have the money or fortune to get enough food.
How sad that still so many people on the planet are undernourished, including children who, if they don’t die from the malnutrition, will be physically and mentally handicapped for life by it.
Junk food addictions can also lead to starvation.
Only a big upsurge in activism can make us end this mass-murder.