Time to Prep time Food Acquisition Acquire Preparation Cost (minutes) (minutes) Chicken and Brought to me (by 0 minutes (no Cheese boyfriend) from effort made on Minimal 0 $7.95 Quesadilla Taco Mac my part) 1. Brought to me (by 0 minutes (no Cheeseburger boyfriend) from effort made on Minimal 0 $2.08 2. Small Fry McDonald’s my part) 1. Pasta 90 minutes Bolognese with (travel time to White Truffle Oil Cheesecake and from Minimal 0 $21.90 Factory restaurant, wait 2. Original time) Cheesecake 1. Sour Patch Kids 20 minutes (small $.99 (travel time to Kroger Unwrap 0 $9.43 box) and from, 2. Fiji water inside store) (6 pack) Cheese Pizza 0 minutes with Light Domino’s Minimal 0 $12.52 (delivered) Sauce Cheese Pizza 0 minutes with Light Domino’s Minimal 0 $12.52 (delivered) Sauce 1. Turkey Original Sandwich 10 minutes (driving time to 2. Sour Cream Schlotzsky’s Deli and from Minimal 0 $6.73 and Onion restaurant, wait Chips time) 3. Sweet Tea 1. Turkey Tom 2. Jalapeño 0 minutes Jimmy John’s Minimal 0 $9.11 chips (delivered) 3. Sweet Tea Time to earn Total time What was the meal and who What was discussed or cost (minutes) (minutes) did I eat with? thought about during meal? Lunch/Dinner with my boyfriend, Our snowman, how hot Taco friend Joe, his girlfriend Anna Mac wings are, how many 82 20 and roommate Alan wings the boys can each eat apiece Lunch, alone (no one else Ate while watching friends play 22 5 eating) Wii, conversation centered around game Dinner with boyfriend, Joe, The food, basic information Anna and her friend Sarah about everyone meeting for the 224 150 first time (Sarah, my boyfriend, and I) Snack with boyfriend, Joe, Anna Ate while watching movie at 97 30 Joe’s, so no talking Dinner with sister Ate while watching Friends, so 128 20 minimal conversation about show and next day’s plans Dinner with sister Ate while watching Entourage, conversation centered around 128 20 lifestyle and personality similarities to characters Dinner, alone (no one else Ate while watching boyfriend 69 30 eating) play Xbox, talked about both of our days Dinner with sister Ate while watching Entourage, minimal conversation about 94 20 things we both plan on buying and our upcoming birthdays 844 295 Jamie Myers ANT 476 1.28.2008 In my observation of the past week’s eating habits, I have come to the foremost conclusion that my diet is very typical of the average college student. However, unlike most college students, who occasionally cook for themselves or budget their food, I have no cooking experience, with the majority of my pre -college meals either purchased or prepared for me, and I pay little to no attention to the cost of what I consume. This experiment was an epiphany of sorts for me, as for the first time, I actually calculated the sum of what I consume on a daily basis. Though the variety of foods represented in my chart is fairly indicative of my diet throughout the year, the total cost of the food amounts to much less than would my consumption during an average week, as last week I slept through both breakfast and lunch on most days. My quest for food is generally stress and effort-free, as I spend no time shopping for or preparing what I eat. The majority of my meals are eaten away from home, with the exception of the occasional breakfast bar, takeout, or delivery. If I could hire a personal chef, I gladly would, as I have no desire to learn how to cook – a sentiment that is far from the norm of most American women, who feel obligated to acquire the skills of keeping house. Fortunately, my boyfriend loves to cook, so on the rare occasions that I do eat in, my food is prepared for me. The luxury of dining out regularly, however, comes with a price. I generally consume far more calories than is recommended, and I have gained an astonishing amount of weight over the past year as a result of moving into an apartment with my sister, who is also culinarily incompetent. My former roommate, who idolizes the stereotypical housewives of the 1950’s that cleaned house and cooked in pearls and heels, regularly prepared our meals, which kept me in the American female ideal - size 2 jeans - when balanced with a daily exercise regimen of running anywhere from 3 to 6 miles and basic weight training. After tearing the cartilage in my left knee, however, I had to lay off the running, and have completely abandoned all forms of exercise since. In this way, my lifestyle differs greatly from that of a !Kung or other modern hunter- gatherers. Although I consume around the same number of calories, my output is next to nothing. The only exercise I get on a regular basis comes from walking to classes in the Biology building from the Ten Hoor parking deck. In the past, I feel that my lifestyle was much more similar to that of the !Kung, with an average calorie intake and extensive intensive exercise daily, but currently, I feel I am much more typical of the more than half of adult Americans who are overweight. In the past, due to the influence of numerous anthropology classes, I have tried what I like to term the “hunter-gatherer diet,” but the abundance of processed foods everywhere I go coupled with my general lack of willpower left that mode of eating doomed to fail. Although I often eat alone, as I tend to eat at different times than my closest friends, I never eat completely alone, as I am usually with other people. Food is not so much a social thing for m e as it is for other people I know, though, whose family traditions of elaborate holiday meals have instilled in them a love for both food and dressing up for dinner. My family has always been more on the casual side for holidays, with no dress requirement for dinners and no huge gatherings of people for special occasions. In this way, we are somewhat atypical, and having been raised by a mother, who is a food chemist, and who eats purely out of necessity, my thoughts of diet are slightly skewed. I can enjoy a nice meal at a large table, but I much prefer my dinners with just a few friends, and if necessary, I don’t mind eating simpler foods completely alone, though I rarely am able to. Overall last week, I spent a total of $81.15 on eight meals. If I were working a job that paid minimum wage, or $5.85 per hour, it would have taken me 13.87 hours of work to pay for my food. Granted, I ate out much more than the average person working at a minimum wage job, so I could have eaten the same amount of food for much less, which would in turn have cost me less in terms of man hours of work to acquire. If that were the case, I probably could have eaten every meal for under $5.85, which, comparatively, would make my food much less “expensive” than the average hunter-gatherer meal, which takes more than a single hour to acquire, whether hunted or gathered. The ease of food acquisition, also, would in turn result in a lower output and less calories burned, so I would also be getting much more nutrition for my hour of work spent acquiring the food, assuming the meal consumed was not fast food or another alternately unhealthy meal. Completing this exercise has made me aware of many aspects of my diet that I fail to think about on a daily basis. For one thing, my freedom to purchase whatever foods I please represents a luxury that I was not previously aware of having. Realizing that I put out little effort to acquire my food and generally eat very “rich” or fatty foods makes me want to rethink my lack of exercise. I am almost envious of modern hunter- gatherers, as the structure of their daily life, their methods of acquiring food, and the foods that are available for them to eat combine to form a routine that allows for little deviation and thus no possibility of be coming overweight and suffering from resulting disease.