Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

There are eight types of eaters

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.

The Stuffer

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.

The Starved

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.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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