If you don’t fall under the categories of the Thinker and the Craver, the Foodie group is one that you may be closely aligned with.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been following the CSIRO’s new online program called CSIRO Diet Types, which was released in September last year. The purpose of this guide and program is to help you understand your personal diet type and tailor your habits to have a more balanced approach to your diet.
The CSIRO profiled five personalities that affect eating patterns, namely the Thinker, the Craver, the Foodie, the Socialiser and the Freewheeler. According to the research organisation, the behaviour characteristics associated with each personality play an important role in your food intake and how you maintain a diet.
A ‘Foodie’ is someone who experiences predominant thought patterns related to food and strong positive drives to preparing, eating and experiencing food.
Based on the company’s research, which polled close to 100,000 Australians, Foodies (16 per cent of respondents) was one of the two groups that found the highest proportion of males in it – the other was the Freewheeler group.
As foodies generally have a tendency to love the food experience and cooking, it identified that foodies were the most likely to meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines for fruit and vegetables intake, in addition to having a healthy intake of meat and alternatives and fluids.
But on the downside, Foodies have a preference for alcohol – about one-third of their discretionary food and beverage consumption (meaning processed/junk food as well as sweet and savoury treats) was alcohol. They also tend to lack dairy in their diet.
Overall, Foodies were found to most likely be of normal weight.
So for all our Foodies, we’ve designed a meal plan that includes lots of whole foods and a better proportion of dairy. Feel free to experiment with herbs and spices, and make these meals your own.
|Mon||Yogurt, granola and fresh fruit parfait||Chilli tuna and wholemeal cous cous stir fry with broccolini and olives||Prawn fettucine (wholemeal) with grilled asparagus||Celery and carrot sticks with yogurt dip|
|Tue||Banana and milk smoothie||Coconut poached chicken rice paper rolls||Beef quesadilla with a side of guacamole||Poached vanilla peaches and natural yogurt|
|Wed||Overnight oats made together with milk, nuts, and dark chocolate||Zucchini and eggplant quiche||Asian style chicken noodle soup (with hearty vegetables included)||Savory cheddar cheese muffin|
|Thur||Yogurt, granola and fresh fruit parfait||Chilli tuna and wholemeal cous cous stir fry with broccolini and olives||Beef quesadilla with a side of guacamole||Celery and carrot sticks with yogurt dip|
|Fri||Overnight oats made together with milk, unsweetened coconut, and tropical fruits||Coconut poached chicken rice paper rolls||Prawn fettucine (wholemeal) with grilled asparagus||Poached vanilla peaches and natural yogurt|
|Sat||Scrambled eggs with milk, grilled bacon and grilled tomatoes||Zucchini and eggplant quiche||Steak with a serving of vegetables and mash potato||Grilled haloumi, watermelon and mint, drizzled with honey|
|Sun||Raspberry and strawberry yogurt smoothie||Lamb curry with a serve of cucumber raita and rice on the side||Sticky chicken wings with a side of garden salad||Savory cheddar cheese muffin|