Have you learned about the Enneagram and wondered how it relates to how you eat. Check out these descriptions below of each Enneagram Eating Type:
EATING TYPE 1: HOLY EATER, GUILTY CHEATER
Type Ones under-express their body’s instincts and spend much energy suppressing these cravings and natural urges. They have strong beliefs about what is right and wrong and will place moral value on foods and their behaviors. They strive to meet self-imposed perfectionistic expectations as if they were being watched or judged. This struggle causes much unconscious and internalized anger. When dieting they tend to be perfectionistic or have “all or nothing thinking.”
Type Twos over-express their feelings and emotions of love. Food can be seen as synonymous with love for Type Twos. They see food as a direct or physical way to express love (nurture) or easily connect with their loved-ones through food preparation or over a shared meal. Food is a perfect medium for creative energy in the Type Two. In this way Twos often become good cooks or bakers and frequently give their home-cooked foods away as gifts. Twos who feel underappreciated will attempt to nurture themselves with comfort foods and may be prone to binging behaviors.
EATING TYPE 3: DETACHED AND DETERMINED DIETER
Threes are unemotional and practical about food. They can be highly rational and detached from the comforting or euphoric aspects of food. They can strongly control their psyche if they set their minds to it and can even be repulsed by food if it is contrary to their fitness goals. Some Threes have issues with anorexia or “big”orexia if they become fixated on their body image.
EATING TYPE 4: CHOOSY CONNOISSEUR
Type Fours think about their feelings, hold on to them and choose how to express them. Instead of having predictable tastes, they are constantly re-evaluating the way they eat like a fashion model putting on a new outfit that is also fitting for the setting they are in. They have artistic “taste” buds — using food as another way to heighten their emotions, symbolically communicate, create identity and be unique. Also, it may not be the food, but how it is eaten, a certain setting or a certain brand — “I only eat chocolate at night” or “I only eat Godiva chocolate.”
EATING TYPE 5: PREOCCUPIED INTELLECT
Type Fives over-express thinking and become preoccupied by their mental pursuits. They will oftentimes forget to eat or they will snack on convenience foods while on a distracting train of thought. In order to continue their mental acrobatics they may not eat regular meals, and instead eat at odd unscheduled times. Their nutritional intake is oftentimes woefully deficient in wholesome and nutritious foods.
EATING TYPE 6: FRUGAL (CAREFUL) FAVORITE FEASTER
Sixes prefer to have their decisions validated by an outside source. The way this unconscious phenomenon manifests itself in regards to food is that Sixes’ have a constricted palate. It is often that Sixes stick to their past tried and true favorite foods; they have an unwillingness to explore the culinary landscape outside that of their upbringing.
EATING TYPE 7: HAPPY AND HUNGRY HEDONIST
Type Sevens under-express rational thinking and may be seen to have childish desires regarding food and food choices. They oftentimes want “one of everything” on the dining menus and are more prone than others in over-estimating their hunger. They easily feel deprived and have a hard time accepting healthy choices that they perceive are less tasty.
EATING TYPE 8: LUSTFUL INDULGER, UNCOMPROMISING CRAVER
Type Eights over-express their instincts and are keenly aware of their physical urges and desires. They have strong, lustful, cravings regarding food. They match their intense cravings with a passionate energy in obtaining or satisfying their craving. In this way they are prone to overindulging themselves as temptations cross their path.
EATING TYPE 9: THE PASSIVE PALATE, OBLIVIOUS OVEREATER or UNCONSCIOUS GORGER
Type Nines are out of touch with their instincts and food impulses. They unconsciously suppress their internal messages in order to maintain peace with their surroundings – especially in suppressing their anger and individuality. Type Nines use food to “go numb” or escape from their anger and stress. They tend to mindlessly eat and are unable to recall what they ate throughout the day. Nines choose foods in order to be like the group, and may actually start to forget their own true preferences.
Scott Harrington, D.O., 17 JUN 2012
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