What the way you eat says about your personality

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If you believe a certain strain of science and psychology, we never do anything just to do it. There's meaning behind pretty much everything, including the mundane stuff like, oh, how we eat dinner. There's an amazing nine different ways of chowing down, and each connects to certain personality traits you likely see come out in other aspects of your life. The topic got a close look by the folks over at Little Things and they broke it down, bite by bite.

The slow eater:
You're the type who takes her time, wholeheartedly believing in the idea that it's quality over speed. You live in the present, and you really enjoy everything around you.

The fast eater:
Multitasking is your middle name. Hitting deadlines early is normal, and you're fairly competitive. There's a possibility you put the needs of others before yours, making it important that you take time for yourself.

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The organizer:
You know those people who want everything on the dinner plate to remain in respective areas, free from any risk of cross-contamination? They're likely to be tidy and organized IRL too, with a tendency to be a bit inflexible.

The adventurer:
Approaching eating with a boldness that means you'll try everything translates into every aspect of your life. You're a brave risk-taker and never afraid of suggesting a new idea or plan.

The picky eater:
This is the person who loves being in her comfort zone and knowing exactly what's going on. You're curious, not afraid of asking questions, and love learning new things.

The isolationist:
It's the detail-oriented person who eats in this manner, finishing one type of food before moving on to the next. You're cautious, think everything through, and know there's a method to your madness. It's cool but essential to realize that others might not always see things the way you do.

The mixer:
If you mix everything on your plate together before eating, you're likely to be outgoing, friendly, and capable of taking on a lot. It's definitely true, but that means you also run the risk of overextending yourself.

The oversharer:
People eating dinner with you know what's going on: They hear you crunching, munching, and generally enjoying yourself. The unabashed spirit shows that you don't care what others think and are comfortable with presenting yourself exactly as you are.

The preparer:
Carefully cutting up your food and getting it perfectly ready means you tend to be forward-thinking, ambitious in your professional goals, and always eager to nail down plans and future dates with friends and family.

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What the way you eat says about your personality

1. Steer clear of coffee
First, if you're stressed, your body will react. Stress produces cortisol which hurts your body's ability to digest food, and if your fix to stress is coffee, we've got some bad news. Coffee can produce cortisol too, which means DOUBLE the hormone, and therefore, double the amount of body fat your body will store. Instead of coffee, try Detox teas.

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2. Sit down to eat
Don't eat all your meals on the go. Although it's great for time management, it's not great for your digestive system. So take a second to sit down and eat. This will help you digest your food.

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3. Drink lots of water
You have to hydrate! And this doesn't mean two glasses of water a day. Without water, your body will slow it's digestion down, and in turn store more fat around your belly. So make sure you're drinking around eight glasses of water each day.

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4. Eat nuts in moderation
There is a proper way to eat nuts, because they're so high in fat -- and that's in moderation. Also, if you soak them in warm water overnight it will help to neutralize the phytic acid, which can cause irritation to your digestive tract.

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5. Choose the right fat
And speaking of fat, some fats are your friend! Foods that are high in omega-3's help boost your metabolism and give you energy. They keep you fuller for longer, so you won't be reaching for those naughty snacks when that 4 p.m. slump hits.

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