I eat merely to put food out of my mind.
-N. F. Simpson
of me says I have no business writing an essay about diet since it doesn't have
anything to do with INFJ, but on the other hand it has a LOT to do with INFJ.
remember a comedienne once saying skinny people irritate her. Especially
when they say things like, "You know, sometimes I just forget to
eat." And the comedienne said, "I've
forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name, and my keys. But I've never
forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!"
then, I've consoled myself that I'm a "special kind of stupid."
say introverted Sensing is the last function that INFJs prefer to access.
Meaning we'd rather endure Chinese water torture than use it. So no
surprise that paying attention to our body signals, which would include noticing
when we're hungry, would not always come easily to INFJ. (It's kinda
similar to how PMS deludes me into believing I've gone insane once a
month. Why I haven't figured this out after 30 years I don't know, but
once a month I wonder if I should be locked up in Bedlam.)
-- body signals. They're a problem for DomNi's. Some addictions*
might emanate from this murky place, especially since they emanate from our
demonic Si. One aged INFJ told me that one of the
best things that ever happened to her was to finally get false teeth.
Yikes! That was a clarion call, and sounded like shadowy Si operating.
to diet. Probably the last thing to trust is an opinion about diet from an
INFJ -- but that never stopped me from pontificating! I ended up in a
hospital years ago after some bout with the flu, and I could have died. I
continued to experience digestive problems after this illness, which the doctors
never figured out. I finally took it upon myself, as a true biblioholic
who tends to read books in order to solve problems, to do a little research
about this mundane topic of diet. Lucky for you I won't bore you with all
the details or explain the rambling path I went down, but I did land upon a
method that I felt I could put faith in. (I'm not saying I adhere to it --
I'm saying I believe in it. Big difference!)
struggled mightily with whether or not to write anything about it on this site,
since it's not exactly germane to being INFJ, but after hearing yet one more
person trash their normal diet in favor of the Atkins fad, I finally decided it
was a disservice NOT to share what I've learned.
feel good about this recommendation, because he's not a kook, a fitness expert,
a celebrity, or television personality. He's a doctor. A common,
ordinary, medical doctor. (Well, maybe not so ordinary.) He's
written several books, has a website, and is greatly respected in his
field. He backs up his opinions with medical evidence, and demonstrates
results with his programs. He is not a "mouthpiece" for the
pharmaceutical companies (like so many doctors are these days), and believes
that the healthiest person is chemical-free, eats enough to feel satisfied, gets
a decent amount of exercise, and fuels their body with nature's whole foods.
He has compelling evidence to prove that following his diet can reverse common
Type-2 Diabetes, as well as cure many other maladies.
name is Dr.
John McDougall, and his website may be found here.
(His opinion of the Atkins diet may be found here.)
terrific book he recommends offering similar advice is here.
I like how it was soundly researched.
I'm sure somebody will come out with a book, "16 Diets for 16 Types,"
and they'll tell us how INFJs should eat according to their personality
preferences. (In fact, I think Dario Nardi is working on a book about body
types, so it may be out sooner than you think.) In the meantime, this is
my two cent's worth.
hope this information is helpful, and I apologize if I have offended anyone by
sharing my personal opinion regarding diet on this website.
enough, I've encountered many Catalysts addicted to colas -- more so than other
substances, including cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol. The only more common
addiction might be anti-depressants.
is an important part of a balanced diet.
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