Influences of Food Choices

By: Lucy Ragsdale

Foods I eat for these scenarios:

Physical Needs

Psychological Needs

Personal Food Preference

Physical Needs

Carbohydrates such as bread or pasta are very important. Fruits and Vegetables (broccoli or apples) are also need in your regular diet. Meat, Fish or eggs are good ways to get protein. Some milks and juices are good too. A healthy diet is all about balance, and having all of these will help you grow and make your body stronger.

Psychological Needs

According to Psychology Today (in bibliography) Leafy Greens, some yogurts, lean proteins and Whole grains. Leafy Greens help with depression and insomnia. Lean Proteins can help also help with depression. While whole grains make us feel full longer. Yogurts should help with anxiety and stress hormones.

Personal Food Preference

I love sushi and I wish I could eat it every day, like the minerals and antioxidants from nori (seaweed wrapping) "The thin seaweed sheets known as nori, used to wrap around rice and make tiny parcels of maki sushi, are great sources of minerals essential to maintaining good health. Seaweeds are concentrated mineral reservoirs, containing abundant amounts of iodine, iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Aside from these minerals, nori is also a good source of proteins, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and C, niacin, folic acid and various other antioxidant phytonutrients."- (also in bibliography)

Social Settings

Mealtime- As humans we are always in groups and we have to have a social group. Today everybody has their schedules and plans and every once in awhile everyone needs to sit down and relax while having a nice calm meal, maybe with family or friends. I think it's a sense of calm to us when we only have to focus on one thing in our hectic day-to-day lives.

Lunches- Since we have social groups we find it fun to meet up with our friends and chat and catch up because if we know what our friends and family are doing we feel connected. Lunches are a perfect place to do this, there are so many food options out there and we can express ourselves through them.

Movies- I think why we eat during movies is to keep us down to earth and not totally in the movie because, say we were watching a horror movie and obviously you know it's fake but everything seems so real and it's easy to get swept up in the suspense. I think food grounds us and distracts us. So we don't freak out during a movie at a jump scare or sad moment.

Food Availability

Choices- I have noticed that in our modern world food that is bad for you is more easily found and costs less than healthy, normal food. So, since all the healthy food is so expensive and hard to find we are pushed towards eating the unhealthy foods.

Seasons- Especially during holidays and certain seasons like summer and winter, all the stores and shops have to sell things to go with the occasion, to get more customers because that's just business. So everywhere we look there's "PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES" or "SLUSHIES HALF OFF" and that pressures us to fit in with the curve almost.

Distribution- Like I said, business is everywhere and where there is food to sell at high demand it'll be there. So if you live in the city, like we do, we probably aren't that far away from a fast food restaurant or a gas station.

Society and Culture

Ethnic traditions-

Religious beliefs- I'm a christian and when I was 11 years old I was baptized and so that means that we have communion. Communion is where we have "wine" (it's just grape juice though) and "bread" (just crackers) and we drink and eat them. It's supposed to signify the blood of christ and the last supper.

Family Traditions- I don't personally have any family traditions but some of my friends, they have this thing where every summer they go up to Oklahoma and eat at all the restaurants in Oklahoma city. I don't know why. They have a lot of weird traditions like that.

Holidays- Thanksgiving is the most famous of all the food traditions in the world, and it's just giving thanks to all the things you have and then eating a whole lot of food. A lot of holidays revolve around food, or at least eating is apart of the holiday, at christmas you eat candy canes and hot coco, easter eggs have candy in them and even the winter solstice in Korea are feasts.