Does food make you feel good or do you just eat according to the time of day? Even though eating is an essential part of our life, we almost never realize that food can trigger certain emotions, or that sometimes, it may be the other way around. Hypnotherapist Marisa Peer makes these observations in her new book, Mind Over Fatter: See Yourself Slim, Think Yourself Slim, Eat Yourself Slim, where she discusses how emotions can dictate the way you eat and helps you identify the kind of eater you are.

Read on to find out what type of eater you may be.

Addictive: If you think of food all day, and yet when you eat it, you cram it all up quickly without savoring each bite, then you may be an addictive eater. Such people love food, but they eat so quickly they hardly even realize the taste and seldom enjoy it.

Emotional: If you find solace from loneliness, sadness or boredom when you eat salty and sugary carbs, then you might be an emotional eater. Such people experience a certain feeling of fullness from eating soft, sweet foods such as cakes and ice-cream, which help them feel satisfied and calm.

Habitual: If you are unable to say no to food and can eat whatever is laid in front of you, regardless if you’re hungry or not, you may be a habitual eater. Such people have great difficulty walking away from or wasting food.

Destructive: If you’re the kind of person who ends up sabotaging your diet every time you reach your weight loss goals or you’re someone who losses 10lbs every year only to gain them back, then you’ve been described as a destructive eater. Such people need to be in control of their food and often feel uncomfortable if they have to share a meal.

Angry: If you like crunchy or chewy food because you find chewing helpful when you’re feeling tensed or wound up, you may be an angry eater. Such people eat after fights or disagreements as a means to feel better. Instead of expressing their emotions, they prefer swallowing them.

Such unconscious eating habits are often linked to overeating. You can beat these unhealthy habits by identifying what kind of an eater you are and then accepting, and taking appropriate measures to eat healthy.

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After pursuing her Masters in Journalism, Vanessa got her first big job as a health writer and since then, she has never switched paths. She has always been intrigued by the wonders of a holistic lifestyle, and believes it was destiny that led her to writing for the wellness industry. In her natural state, you can find her tucked under a blanket watching an Indie film, or reading obsessively. At Z Living, she writes about food trends and other daily life expeditions.