I Eat Because... I'm Hungry
Hunger is one of the most basic biological functions – your body says, 'I need nourishment,' and your brain says, 'Great, what's on the menu?' However, when it comes to having a healthy relationship with food, the real question lies in how we react to our hunger and what we eat to satisfy it.
Cooking and eating go hand in hand. Making meals from scratch is a great way to ensure you know exactly what's going into your meals and can help you avoid excess sugar, salt, and other ingredients that are often found in processed foods.
But for most of us, it's not that simple.
We've looked at modern attitudes towards cooking and how these factors influence our habits. And, as the ultimate kitchen lovers, we've offered advice about how you can overcome common cooking conundrums and learn to find joy in creating delicious meals.
A passion or a chore: Attitudes about cooking
Choosing what to eat is down to more than just satisfying hunger. According to our survey, the main factors that influence our food choices include:
Depending on our lifestyle, these factors can influence us in a variety of ways. The Irish Food Board's 2015 survey looked at Great Britain's relationship with cooking and found we have very mixed emotions when it comes to letting loose in the kitchen.
Feeling About Cooking
28% see it as a chore
18% are passionate about it because they love food
78% pick foods that are easy to prepare
54% use a lot of ready-to-eat foods
Putting in the Effort
65% cook meals from scratch at least a few times a week
65% use ready prepared ingredients at least once a week
Taking the Time
60% don't like spending too much time cooking
43% are too busy to cook meals as often as they'd like
Cooking conundrums and solutions
The Irish Food Board's survey revealed that 64% of people really do enjoy the feeling of being able to cook a great meal. However, it seems there are plenty of obstacles that prevent us from doing so on a regular basis.
We spoke to a group of office workers to find out what issues people have when it comes to cooking and offered advice on how to conquer these conundrums and embrace the kitchen.
Any of these excuses sound like you...?