Food can be a social delight and it can a dreaded time of the day too. Have you ever stood back and watched student behaviour in the dining hall? There are many assumptions people make about food and attitudes to how we use/ abuse food.
If I asked you to think of a positive and negative moment around food from your childhood there would be instant memories. My positive is the birthday meal of chicken in a basket. Once or twice a year eating out was to be relished! The plastic basket was an added bonus too.
My negative is sitting refusing to eat potatoes. Being left, alone at the table looking at a plate of cold potatoes in tears as there was no way they were being eaten.
How have your food memories changed your attitude to food as an adult? I don't buy or cook potatoes. Every dish I cook will be minus potatoes. The sight of a potato on my plate still fills me with fear. Irrational but my foodie fact.
My photo was today's lunch. Food can be fun and social. As I look forward to family dining in September at school, I'm reminding myself not to make assumptions about student food behaviour.
Adopting a healthy approach to food for me is accepting that I can get the same nutrients from other food sources, therefore potato or no potato mealtimes can be fun.