Influences of Food Choices
By: Lucy Ragsdale
Personal Food Preference
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.
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
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.