Weight Management and the Ancient Settlers

The Ancient Settler, the collective responsible for farming, crafts and artisan trade, this would have meant caring, growing and nurturing was high on their agenda. When we look at the settler diet, they would have had a broad, wide-ranging diet of grains, nuts, pulses, beans, plants. Their natural need to care and nurture may have seen them turn away from living proteins and fats, towards more plant-based, soy, nuts, pulses and beans staples. These people were peace-loving, wanting nothing more than to be left to tend their land, raise their families, help and care for others, so diets that involve group interaction can be vitally important to the settler. Following a plan that is popular and developed for the masses would also appeal, and as they tend to be less aggressive may favour a vegetarian based diet, or if they do eat meat or fish, prefer it off the bone or disguised in some way, which could mean an over reliance on processed food products.


The community-minded, settler who recognises the worth of sharing tasks and keeping harmony within their group, may be prone to emotional eating, and fear of what others might think, leading to low self-worth which can impact negatively on eating patterns. They may also fear to leave others behind, so although they thrive in group participation they may not want to stand out, so may feel uncomfortable with their achievements leading to yo-yo dieting.


They have a developed understanding of others and a high degree of tolerance, however, this may lead to listening to what others think and feel, being influenced by others who may have their best interests at heart, for example, eating foods to save embarrassment or offending, or feelings of being selfish, so sharing food, leaving them feeling hungry which could lead to bingeing on cheaper lower quality and higher calorie foodstuffs.


The patient and often philosophical approach to life and living, may see the settler putting off any plans to commit to healthy eating because of feelings of selfishness, caused by any increase in food costs, or the fact that there are starving people in the world so it’s selfish not to enjoy and eat food that may go to waste, such as leftovers.


The ancestral line may have experienced flood and or famine so there may be a need to eat to excess in times of plenty and guilt at food wastage. The natural nurturing characteristics could lead to overfeeding, treating themselves or others, offering food as a reward, and the all or nothing attitude of the settler can lead to binge/starve cycles which would often lead to further feelings of low self-worth or not feeling equal to others.


Broadly speaking, these are the nice people of the World and can fit and follow almost any diet if it is balanced and makes them feel nurtured and cared for.


The all or nothing attitude “cutting off their nose to spite their face”, can lead to binging or yo-yo dieting, they would suit a more flexible long-term plan, that doesn’t focus on good or bad, but more on balance.
Settler recommended diets

Lean in 15, Tom Kerridge’s, Low GI, FodMap, 80/20, Clean and Lean, The Skinny Slow Cooker, Placebo Diet, The Hairy Dieters, Mindful Chef, Vegetarian Diet, Plant Based Diet, Starch Solution, Whole Food Plant Based, Vegan, Nourish and Glow, in fact any popular diet that focuses on good food, nutrients, and nurturing at its core.


Intuitive: a high level of instinct and general awareness.


If it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is, don’t be swayed by fads, or quick fixes!


Adaptable: able to make the best of any situation and turn setbacks to an advantage.


Influence of the other groups


(Only applicable where there is a ‘score’ of 25% or more)


Where there is enough influence it is more than likely that there will be evidence of the control, determination and cynicism that are the predominating features of the Resolute-Organizational personality.  The I-A feelings of never wanting to appear selfish, being influenced by others who may not have best intentions, may lead to cynicism of the RO, who may want to punish the apparent weak resolve of the I-A.  The I-A individual will have the skills to apply positive internal thought processes, although internal dialogue of the RO may undermine resolve, leading to the feelings of being weak, and not equal, which of course are usually unwarranted as the I-A has an astonishingly high level of self-discipline.


When the enthusiastic, uninhibited, irresponsible tendencies of the Charismatic-Evidential personality come into play here the first two traits tend to emphasize the natural optimism inherent in the I-A individual, while the irresponsibility can sometimes produce an out-of-character display of unreliability under certain circumstances. These circumstances vary from one individual to another but are more often the result of pique: “You’ve made me feel so bad I’m eating all of this now,” is a good example.