We all know that some healthier, organic food costs twice as much as regular, non-organic food.
That is probably a barrier for most of us, especially the ones who have less income. Wilma Waterlander in her PhD writes that a cheaper healthy food probably contributes to healthier food choices. She wrote that discounts encourage people to buy healthier food. However, discounts should be set just to fruits and vegetables. If you offer discount on all healthy products, it will just lead to higher caloric intake .
I agree with the author. Many times I feel really bad about the fact that healthy food is so expensive. As you know I buy organic vegetables but not all the time. If something is organic or not, in fact is not the highest priority for me. Of course, I feel much better eating something that is healthier and better to the environment but I don’t cry if I buy a normal food.
The most important for me is to deliver as much vegetables and fruits as possible. I try to eat recommended quantities of fruit and vegetables which are 200g/per day each (depending on scientific source, your age, gender, etc.).
In below picture you will notice how much I enjoy eating healthy. Beautiful, tasty, healthy fruits and vegetables for this week for two of us:) Yummy, they just look so appetising….!
Following one of the cooking groups, I found an interesting post about: “What best describes your cooking personality?” began by Meta West (Independent Cooking Instructor, Food Writer and Consultant, see more info and interesting tips at: http://cookingwithbarryandmeta.blogspot.com.
In my opinion “cooking personality”, all dishes that you prepare and consume are based on your lifestyle.
My curiousity pushed me to check out and also do online personality assessment. I clicked on the link posted by Barry and Meta and with the “My Plate, My Way”  interactive tool I did the test.
Do you have any doubts about my results? According to the test I am a “Health Seeker”. Well, that does not surprise for me at all. In case of doubt, scroll up and look at the picture once more:)
According to the site there are different food behaviours which depend i.e. on income, prizes, “the way we view food, what motivates us to choose one food over another or how much time we’re willing to spend preparing a meal” .
I encourage you to do the test. I am curious of your results:)
See below for all cooking personalities mentioned by ” beefitswhatsfordinner “:
1. Lean lover
You take pride in the way you look and it shows. The food choices you make not only help you manage your weight, but they can also help you feel good about yourself. While your current diet is on the healthy side, you seek improvement and satisfaction in your healthy eating habits. People with your personality type often go out of their way to select healthy food and enjoy trying new foods .
2. Buff and Cut
People with your personality type usually enjoy being physically active. Whether it is a walk in the park or a regular exercise routine, getting your blood flowing is a great way to feel good about yourself. You enjoy new experiences when it comes to both your exercise routines and the foods you try .
3. Cost Slicer
As a smart shopper, you know that it pays to look for specials on your favourite foods. However, you often find it difficult to get healthy foods that fit into your budget, especially in today’s economy .
4. Health Seeker
You make health a priority in your life, so you appreciate when social occasions incorporate a healthful element—whether it be food or fitness. As you’re staying active or eating, your favourite times are when you are surrounded by friends and family .
5. Family Chef
For you, family is a source of pride and pleasure. Sharing mealtimes with your family provides a time to tell stories about your day and keeps you close. But pleasing the whole family can sometimes be difficult, especially if you have picky eaters .
6. Time Tackler
You aim to live a healthy life, but often find it hard because you are constantly running from point A to point B tackling your ever-growing To-Do list each day. The “grab-and-go” type of meals and snacks appeal to you, but they may not be the healthiest options. Once you know something is good for you, it’s a no-brainer because it removes the guesswork .
7. Flavour Saveru
Flavour rules in your book. Life is too short to eat foods you don’t enjoy, so you look for foods that will provide taste above all else. You love reading and trying new recipes on your quest for flavourful food .
People with your personality type often eat to live, rather than live to eat. But in doing so, you may find yourself eating the same foods a lot, which can lead to “food fatigue.” Changing up your routine doesn’t have to be complicated, if you just spend a few minutes each week planning out simple but delicious meals that you can prepare in less than 30 minutes .
Let me know what you think about the whole idea of cheaper prices leading to increased interest of healthy products. I am also curious of what you think about the cooking personalities and what your result was.
 Nadine Salehy, Korting op groente en fruit stimuleert gezonde keuze, http://www.voedingnu.nl/korting-op-groente-en-fruit-stimuleert-gezonde.171450.lynkx, 22 juni 2012