If you were to approach someone on the street eating an apple and ask they why they chose that apple what do you think their response would be? Other than the obvious odd look of course.....
1. I like apples (taste)
2. It was the easiest thing to grab on the way out the door (convenience)
3. It was on sale (economy)
4. I have to fit into a size 4 bridesmaid dress this weekend and am dieting (physical appearance)
5. It is good for me (health)
6. I heard it will make me smarter (myths and beliefs)
7. We always ate apples in the mornings growing up (culture)
8. I saw someone eating an apple on TV this morning and I had a craving (not sure what to call this, external influence?)
9. I was sad and it makes me feel better (emotional eating)
Do you know what motivates your food choices? There are many variables that influence our food choices and I'm sure I haven't covered them all.
One thing I have learned over the years is that number one, taste, is non-negotiable. If it doesn't taste good it won't be eaten more than once. That being said taste preferences can adapt over time with gradual changes. Here in North America we are adapted to a diet high in sugar, fat and salt, all of which are shortcuts to tastiness. Unfortunately an excess of refined sugar, bad fats and salt are bad for our health. One of my main goals with my family journey to health is to re-educate our taste preferences back to the basics of whole foods, herbs, spices, and healthy fats. First up is Sneaky Salt Saturday, discovering and reducing excessive sodium.