Here’s some food for thought – did you know that your personality and behavioural type plays an important role in your food intake and how you maintain a diet?
It’s actually true.
CSIRO launched a new online program, called CSIRO Diet Types, in September last year which helps you understand your personal diet type and skew your habits to have a more balanced approach to your diet.
The research organisation identified five main diet personality types that most people fall into – the Thinker, the Craver, the Foodie, the Socialiser and the Freewheeler.
And based on your personality type, we’re taking the liberty to help you with a meal plan specific to your needs. Each week, we’ll identify one personality type and structure a week’s food plan for that particular group.
This week, we’re focusing on the Thinker.
CSIRO has described the Thinker as a person defined by overthinking, making them more prone to stress and mood swings, which adversely impairs their healthy eating choices.
Based on CSIRO’s research, which polled close to 100,000 Australians, Thinkers (37 per cent of the respondents) were one of the groups that generally cultivated good eating habits.
They generally had the highest average score for consuming healthy fats, and also reported (surprisingly) lower intake of discretionary foods such as cakes and biscuits, savoury pies and pastries, chocolate and confectionary, processed meats and ice-cream, sugar sweetened beverages and alcohol.
Generally, CSIRO also found that Thinkers could improve on their consumption of dairy and alternatives, as well as lower their carb intake as the findings suggested that they weren’t meeting the Australian Dietary Guidelines for dairy consumption and had an excessive carb intake as a result of “stress eating”.
Here’s what a week plan of food for a Thinker should look like. This plan is specifically targeted at thinkers as it is low in carb, high in protein, and includes the dairy that Thinkers generally lack:
|Breakfast||Lunch||Dinner||Snack (since Thinkers are stress eaters)|
|Mon||A serve of muesli or granola and yoghurt with fresh berries||Beef, mushroom and eggplant stir-fry with a serve of brown rice||Grilled salmon with one serve of cauliflower mash and a serve of grilled asparagus||Apple slices with homemade almond or peanut butter|
|Tue||Cheese omelette||Roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad||Chicken buckwheat or wholemeal pasta with a side of veggies||Carrot and celery sticks with hummus|
|Wed||A serve of muesli and yoghurt with half a banana||Chicken wrap||Spicy pork and sweet potato stew||Kale chips|
|Thurs||Cheese omelette||Beef, mushroom and eggplant stir-fry with a serve of brown rice||Grilled salmon with one serve of cauliflower mash and a serve of grilled asparagus||Apple slices with homemade almond or peanut butter|
|Fri||A serve of muesli or granola and yoghurt with half a banana||Roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad||Spicy pork and sweet potato stew||Carrot and celery sticks with hummus|
|Sat||Buttermilk pancakes with yoghurt and fresh fruit||Chicken and spinach quiche||Chicken buckwheat or wholemeal pasta with a side of veggies||Kale chips|
|Sun||Scrambled eggs (with milk) and a side of baked beans||Spicy pork and sweet potato stew||Grilled prawns with mango and cucumber salsa||Lightly spiced homemade popcorn|