Will people still learn to eat right?
In one of my recent trips to Starbucks, I witnessed a very promising moment between a mom and her 4-year old kid. Inside the store the daughter asked if she could have some chips and the mother disagreed saying, “That’s not real food.” Then the little kid went for the popcorn and the mom agreed. Well, I thought, she had a point. Popcorns can be considered “real food” since it’s basically a corn (in a weird way) but what got my attention is the awareness that the mom is instilling to her daughter and the fact that it clearly shows how people are now becoming more conscious of what they eat.
To me restaurants are like laboratories where you can observe people’s eating behavior. If you’re to interview a waiter (as I have), you’ll find out that people are more particular now at how they want their food to be prepared in the healthiest way possible. I’m proud to say that I’m one of those people. I had dinner with my friends last week and instead of ordering what’s written on the menu I asked the waiter for some modifications: A Greek omelet, but only egg whites and only small amount of feta cheese, no toast and instead of hash browns I ordered a baked potato but with no butter. My friends were all staring at me. Well, I did that not because I don’t like hash browns or butter but because I’m cutting down on calories for a “healthy” change. After ordering, one of my friends said that I should do an article about people who do what I just did: improving one’s eating habits by changing the menu. Just like me (after seeing how she removed the croutons on her salad) she’s also starting to eat healthy while the rest of the gang went with what’s on the menu.
More and more people are asking for “some” changes in their food when they dine out. There is really nothing wrong with it, however, some restaurants (especially high-end restaurants) just can give in to these kinds of requests for the reason the altering the menu can have an effect on the their food’s outcome, ruining their chef’s culinary creativity. Well, it’s fine by me, it’s still nice to have some of those “unhealthy” stuffs sometimes.
While menu editing is a good way to eat healthy, another way that most people are getting used to doing is calorie counting. Some restaurants actually have the calorie content or the food that they serve posted on their menus. Unless you have no restrictions whatsoever, you can calculate how much you want to take in one sitting. However, a survey posted on the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter (October 2013 issue) revealed that only 1 out of 10 people really “do it” when they say they want to eat healthy. As it turns out, people often failed to follow through the moment that they need to decide.
People have been living this way far too long to make that sudden change. I mean, people eat out to experience food prepared “the perfect way.” When I was a kid I thought home cooked meals are boring that’s why I get so excited whenever we eat out. I guess, for me (back then) restaurant foods is how real food should taste. It was just now that I’m all grown up and more aware of the real benefits of the food that we eat that I realized how much impact restaurant foods brings to our health. Well, it’s life. There may be some things that we cannot change, but there are also some that we can. If we can’t change how we depend on restaurants to keep our tummy happy, we might as well learn how to edit some in the menu to keep ourselves healthy, right?