Are you a social butterfly? If so, here’s what you should be eating

Are you a social butterfly? If so, here’s what you should be eating

Are you a social butterfly? If so, here’s what you should be eating

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We’ve outlined food plans for the Thinker, the Craver and the Foodie, if you’ve been following our series (otherwise, click back on the links to check them out). The next diet type, as outlined by CSIRO’s online program called CSIRO Diet Types, is the Socialiser.

CSIRO Diet Types was released in September last year, aiming to help you understand your personal diet type and tailor your habits to have a more balanced approach to your diet. The research company profiled five personalities that affect eating patterns – namely the Thinker, the Craver, the Foodie, the Socialiser and the Freewheeler.

According to the CSIRO, the behaviour characteristics accompanying each personality plays a significant role in your food intake and the way that you maintain a diet.

For ‘Socialisers’, birthday dinners, drinks with mates and brunch with the girls come first. Any strict food restrictions that may affect their ability to socialise are avoided, in favour of flexible arrangements that fit around food ‘occasions’.

Based on the company’s research, which polled close to 100,000 Australians, Socialisers (17 percent of respondents) generally connect with friends over food and drinks and need flexibility in their diets as they eat out often.

Socialisers were found to most likely to meet the guidelines for meat and alternatives, but also over consumed discretionary foods. In addition, they consume high amounts of breads and cereals.

Socialisers were also found to have a preference for alcohol – about one-third of their discretionary food and beverage consumption was alcohol (33 to 36 per cent of their total discretionary food intake).

As such, if you’re a Socialiser, this meal plan is designed to ensure you’re eating less discretionary foods when you’re not eating out. It incorporates lots of green foods that are high in iron and drink options to turn to instead of alcohol.

If you go out for any of these meals, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Try to pick cafes/restaurants that have healthy or wholefood options
  • Choose entree style portions or split meals with friends
  • Choose meals that include lots of green vegetables
  • Eat slowly, regularly put down your cutlery and talk more!
  • Drink plenty of water
Breakfast Lunch Dinner (If you’re eating out, pick similar options to these) Snack
Mon Green smoothie with blended kale, orange, water and ginger Turkey, tomato and iceberg lettuce roll Teriyaki chicken with a garden salad and a serve of rice

Have it with a serve of miso soup

Matcha milk tea
Tue Fresh berries with natural yogurt and a dash of honey Vietnamese pho

(There’s a lot of soup in this, so you can avoid having a beverage)

Beef and bell pepper fajitas with guacamole

Have it with a chilled grapefruit juice

A handful of mixed nuts
Wed Green smoothie with blended kale, orange, water and ginger Prawn and mango salad Turkish grilled meat with a side of cucumber, feta and olive salad

Have it with mint tea

Apple slices with peanut butter
Thur Chia seeds with almond milk and fresh fruit Turkey, tomato and iceberg lettuce roll Thai massaman curry with lamb and vegetables and a serve of rice

Have it with fresh coconut water

A handful of mixed nuts
Fri Fresh mango with natural yogurt and a dash of honey Vietnamese pho

(There’s a lot of soup in this, so you can avoid having a beverage)

Chicken saag (spinach) with roti (flatbread)

Have it with a glass of chai

Apple slices with peanut butter
Sat Poached eggs with spinach, salmon and wholemeal bread

Have it with a mason jar of juice

Quinoa, chickpeas, zucchini and carrot salad

Have it with water

Steak with a side of greens and a serving of mash

Have it with a glass of red wine

Skip snacks over the weekend
Sun Chia seeds with almond milk and fresh fruit Pesto penne with chicken, mushrooms and baby broccolini

Have it with a glass of fresh lemonade

Grilled fish with vegetables and sweet potato wedges

Have it with iced tea

Skip snacks over the weekend