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Eating styles show your true colors


Don’t be surprised if you fit into more than one category.

Speed eater: If you eat fast, you are likely ambitious, and successful, a quick study, practical and methodical. Your task-oriented nature may prevent you from enjoying certain stages and experiences of your life once you have achieved them. And even though you are dynamic and have lots of associations, you tend to have time for only two or three close friends.

Chameleon: If you adapt your eating pace based upon that of your companions, you can adapt to almost any environment comfortably and be open to whatever comes your way. Although you cultivate and are known for an easy-going nature, you can reach a breaking point. You have a diverse group of friends, most of whom run in different circles. You are seldom the priority for changes you make in your life. You depend on others to capitalize on your spontaneity by nudging you out of your comfort zone.

Regimented: If your eating pace is determined by your schedule, you are reliable and always get the job done. However, you may not have time to enjoy your life. You may find yourself feeling satisfied at all you have accomplished by the end of the day while at the same time wondering where the day has gone. While you may want to take some relaxing “me” time, you tend instead to find enjoyment with friends in a coffee shop, meeting someone new at a business meeting or striking up a conversation with a stranger in an airport.

Slow eater: If you eat slowly, you pride yourself on being in control and believe there is never a good reason to get rattled. Because you don’t bend to peer pressure, and instead do what is right for you, you are sometimes thought of as selfish. In fact you may alienate yourself from others who are not like you. This can limit your scope of life experiences. But when you are with friends, you are totally present and attentive. You are grounded and able to appreciate the simple things in life.

To mix or not to mix food: In an excerpt from, Boghossian says that people who mix foods can take on responsibilities efficiently, but might have trouble deciding what is most important to accomplish. He or she can also have trouble concentrating on a particular task. People who eat foods one at a time are “task-oriented” and “methodical,” but less flexible when it comes to adapting to situations that they are not used to.