The aim of this essay is to try and explain my food choices through three unique surveys that I have filled in, these being “Food and diet questionnaire”, “24hour recall questionnaire and a food variety survey”. These surveys will be affected by personal background which includes the following details: Age: 20
Living arrangements: Share house with 3 housemates
Study Commitments: Full time university student
Cultural group: Anglo-Australian
Language spoken at home: English
Through these details I am going to explain why my own personal eating habits occur and ways I can work to improve them.
1/ I do my own shopping and cook my own meals and so I am able to eat the foods that I enjoy and avoid foods which I do not. This would change if I did not do my own shopping or cook my own meals and would force me to eat things that I may not like or things that I would not make for myself as I only cook for one person and only make a small quantity of food which some meals do not allow for. Also due to being a university student I only have limited amount of money to spend on foods and this limits my variety of foods which I buy and eat. This could change if I was not making my own meals because not only could they have a different variety of foods that they enjoy but may also have a larger budget to spend on their food which means they could buy things that because I only have a small budget cannot afford to buy for myself.
2/ If the amount of money I had to spend on food each week doubled this would affect the foods I eat because it would allow me to eat foods which were more expensive to buy or of a higher quality and could not otherwise enjoy without the extra money. This would mean I would be indulging in a larger variety of foods. It would also allow me to eat out at restaurants more frequently and spend more money one things such as alcohol which without I have had to drink cheaper drinks and a smaller quantity because of my limited budget. Overall this would have both a positive and negative impact on my overall food choices.
3/ Being physically active each day I rate as being very important because you need to burn off all kilojoules which your body does not need to maintain your body weight because if you do not use all the kilojoules that you consume throughout the day then it is then stored as fat. This also works for loosing weight but in order to loose weight you need to burn off more kilojoules than you consume. Another behaviour I think is important in maintaining optimal health is staying away from saturated fats, as they offer no health benefits and are very easily stored as fat. (Physical Activity. (n.d).)
4/ People choose vegetarian diets for many reasons. Some choose them to “improve their health or to decrease the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer” (Vegetarian Diets. (n.d)). People also choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the impact they can have environment.
5/ Spinach is a vegetable that is very good for your health. It is a green leafy vegetable which is a non starchy, very low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. “It is also a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.” (Nutrition News (n.d)) Because this vegetable has such a high variety of different types of minerals it makes it a very easy simple way to get all these nutrients in a fast and effective way with only one type of vegetable.
6/ My living arrangements have the most influence on my diet because it means that not only do I have to do my own food shopping and cooking on a limited budget but I also have a small number of cooking utensils supplied...