Influences on My Family's Food Choices
October 12th 2009
Food choices within a family are influenced by a number of different factors. From how many
people are in a family, to the amount of income the family makes, to the lifestyles of the family
members, to health factors, the choices of food to be purchased for the family is narrowed down quite
significantly when considering how many different foods there are in the world.
Living in a house with only one other person, my mom, has its pros and cons. When it comes to
food, because there are only two of us, we tend to buy small amounts of food when grocery shopping.
The small amount of food that we do buy usually ends up being the basics that we both need and/or
enjoy: eggs, bread, apples, bananas, milk, yogurt, oatmeal, sliced ham, cheese, and the occasional
frozen dinner. Having a household of two people certainly helps our family money-wise as well; my
mom, currently a student, does not earn any money through a job. Having to buy only small quantities
of the basics saves our household money that can be spent on other things.
Breakfast seems to always be the best meal of the day in my household. As both of us are
required to wake up fairly early for school, we need to start our days out right by having a good
breakfast that will keep us energized until lunch. I sacrifice plenty of the limited time that I have in the
morning to make sure that I have something tasty to wake me up.
My mom and I are always on the go; most of our time awake is spent outside of the house. We
lead lifestyles that can sometimes be stressful and hectic, and our food choices reflect that. We buy
food that can be prepared easily, or better yet, is already prepared. Both me and my mom do not spend
very much time preparing meals. Preparing a meal from scratch is oftentimes out of the question
because of our lack of free time.
Although we do not have very much time to spend on cooking food, both me and my mom are
aware of healthy eating. We rarely ever have fast food or eat out at restaurants, because of our lack of
time and money. This translates into healthier eating because our food at home is often not high in fat, oils, or calories, as many fast foods are. We also are conscious of healthy drinking, as we both try to
drink as much water and herbal teas as we can each day in order to keep us hydrated. Being hydrated is
important, especially when you lead an active lifestyle, which we both do.
I learned about healthy eating at a young age, as my mother often made home cooked meals and
would only allow me to eat things such as vegetables for snacks. She would also put a strict limit on the
amount of sweets I could eat each week. When I would insist that I didn't like a type of food without
ever having tried it, she would make me taste a morsel of the food and then allow me to make a
judgment. Because of that, today I am still open to trying an assortment of different foods, and am not a
picky eater. As a child, my mother was forced to eat all of the food on her plate at dinner each night,
whether she liked the food or not; from hating the experience so much as a child, she vowed that she
would never enforce that rule upon her children when it came to dinner. For that, I am thankful.
Fortunately, there are no health problems within our household that restrict us from certain
foods. On the other hand, me and my mom do try to shop for food that is healthier and lower in fat as
we both care about our outward appearances. We can hope that eating healthier might lower our risk for
developing certain health issues later in life. By eating healthier and watching our weight, we are not
only benefiting ourselves right now, but also helping us out in the long run.
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