Does Your Personality Affect Your Eating Style?

For the past month, I’ve been listening to Gretchen Rubin’s book, “Better Than Before” on Audible (you get a free trial with your Amazon Prime membership!), and it’s sparked a lot of experimentation and reflection in my life. In the book, Gretchen focuses on the science behind habits, habit formation, how that relates to individual personalities, and culminates with a discussion of four main habit tendencies: Obligers, Questioners, Rebels, and Upholders. You can read more about the book and each tendency over on Gretchen’s website and while you’re there, you can take a short quiz to discover which tendency best describes you.


I knew almost immediately what tendency I fell into. Obliger, through and through. I’m motivated by external accountability and meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations I impose on myself. I don’t like letting people down, but I do have a tough time holding myself accountable.

Obligers are the folks who are the most likely to say they wish they were in a different category. They say things like, “I wish I weren’t a people-pleaser” or “I wish I could take time for myself.”

Instead of wallowing in the fact that I needed so much outer accountability to get sh*t done, I decided to look at my own life and see what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and how I’m motivated. I definitely consider myself an overachiever, but at the same time, I can get bogged down with details and never follow through if there aren’t clear guidelines set in place. That’s when I throw my hands up in despair and just don’t do anything. Ugh. In the book, Gretchen refers to this cycle of doing nothing as “obliger rebellion.” This made me think about my own journey to better health, a habit that took a few years to set in place. I knew I couldn’t go at it alone, even though at the time, I resented the fact that I needed to ask for help. I worked with a therapist, read a lot of books, wished I had met a dietitian, joined online forums, went to a gym and took group classes, met friends for lunch, talked with my family, jumped headfirst into work and other hobbies, and mostly just focused on creating a life that wasn’t obsessed with food and eating. Now, I feel like this can stir up the topic of “willpower.’ It’s not that obligers don’t have willpower, it’s just they need a bit of reinforcement to get going. Like a push on a swing or their own personal cheering section. Nothing wrong with a bit of encouragement!


Let me know in the comments below if you took the Four Tendencies quiz and what your results were! If you do take it, did you find it accurate? What were your thoughts? 


Say Yes and Figure It Out Later: Turning 26

Today I turn 26!

Alternative titles for this post:

What I Still Don’t Know. 

How Did I End Up With So Many Justin Bieber Songs?

Brandi Glanville Shares The Same Birthday!

Why do your twenties move by so fast? I’ve heard this from many people who have moved beyond these years. Yes, I’m still such a young pup who has a lot to learn, but I have felt incredible challenged this year. It’s been awesome. So, in no particular order, here are 5 things I’ve learned the past year about being 25.

  1. Say thank you.

The first 5 months of this year I was still a dietetic intern, hopping from one rotation to the next and meeting new people every few weeks. I made sure to write out a thank you card for all of my preceptors. Even the toughest person can be (slightly) melted by a sincere thank you. Also, everyone loves mail!

2. Yes, you’ll feel uncomfortable.

From interning to working and starting my own business, it has been a year of growth and upheaval. So many feelings! Sometimes you just have to pull your big girl pants on and push forth. What’s the worst that could happen? I have found the most success in life so far when I thrust myself into new and scary situations and when I *gasp* failed at something.

3. Grow your circle.

I love meeting people, but I also love that everyone has unique experiences that shape them. When I was younger, I always felt a bit like a chameleon, and never had a “clique.” I had a few good friends, but they came from all walks of life. It gets boring if you only talk with people who are exactly like you. Learn from others and grow your circle with different types of people. I’m that person who sits next to you on a plane and wants to know your life story. No shame!

4. Say yes, and figure it out later.

You can thank Tina Fey’s BossyPants for this quote:

“A couple of times I’ve been called on to do things — jobs or whatever — where I’ve felt, Maybe I’m not quite ready. Maybe it’s a little early for this to happen to me. But the rules are so ingrained. “Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterward” has helped me to be more adventurous. It has definitely helped me be less afraid.”

5. One of the best accessories is confidence.

This has been such a theme for me this year. I’m guessing it’s that time of life when you begin to care less and less what others think. Whatever your size, shape, color, gender, or persuasion, own up to your strengths. Don’t feel like you have to fit a certain mold to prove anything to anyone. You are uniquely YOU.

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I've shared #ontheblog before about my pursuit of "imperfection." For years, this full-length photo would've freaked me out, but now I see someone who is happy and proud of her accomplishments. #nothighgapnoproblem. Even after losing 75lbs. and gaining healthy habits, I felt trapped in a cycle of body hate. As a #registereddietitian, I went through enough schooling to understand that factors like lab values, waist circumference, and lifestyle play a much greater role in overall health rather than your dress size, but it's hard to listen to your own advice! Nowadays, I shift my focus to how strong my body feels and maintain a balanced lifestyle that includes exercise, vegetables AND donuts. I love what @theashleygraham said at a @ted talk earlier this year, "Once I realized i was never going to fit the narrow mold that society wanted me to fit in. I was never going to be perfect enough for an industry that defines perfection from the outside in, and that's okay." Thanks to @inthedetailsphoto for the awesome 📸. #gmabodyproud #foodbalance #curves #selflove @goodmorningamerica

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Other discoveries this year:

The Wildflower Latte at The Henry.

Clogs are not particularly attractive, but they can be charming, comfortable and helpful for posture.

Saying sorry and seeking forgiveness is really scary. But then it’s done, and you’ll feel better for it.

Paying attention to the wash instructions on clothing tags means they last longer.

A dog will bring so much joy into your life.

My husband is excellent at making grilled cheese sandwiches. Don’t question the amount of butter.

Call your parents regularly.

Bring extra deodorant.

It’s ok if you don’t have all the answers.

Find a theme song:

Enjoy the moment.

Friday Freedom

Happy Friday! This week was filled with all sorts of random work duties, everyday was different. I also had time to start a planning/drafting my first ebook. More on that later. Jason and I have been talking about camping the entire summer, and the time has finally come.  We’re off to the Grand Canyon (South Rim) for a little weekend getaway. Phoenix is crazy hot right now, but thankfully we can jump in a magical machine and transport to a green forest with cooler temperatures.

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