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The Psychology Of Why So Many People Hate Eating Leftovers
Some people are bad about eating leftovers, their refrigerators filled with takeout containers and Tupperware containers of dubious provenance. For others, leftovers are an opportunity ― they diligently eat them and may even strategically cook large meals with the intention of having leftovers all week.Why do people respond so differently to leftovers? Is it a class issue, with the upper class snubbing leftovers as being below them? Or perhaps some people get nervous about eating old food? Turns out, it’s all those things and more. Talking with experts, we learned that one’s approach to leftovers depends on a variety of factors including economics, food safety and even sustainability.How Money And Mould Play A RoleA person’s economic situation may play a huge role in their approach to leftovers, determining whether they eat them regularly or throw them out. For some people, eating leftovers is a necessity; they need to make those food dollars last, explained Catherine Coccia, associate professor of dietetics and health at Florida International University. However, other folks may be economically stable enough to afford to eat other foods and throw away leftovers. Anxiety over food safety may be another factor, and it’s closely linked to anxiety about spending or wasting money on food. Some people feel they’re “racing against rot,” explained Helen Zoe Veit, associate professor at Michigan State University and author of “Modern Food, Moral Food.” Many are nervous about whether food is still safe to eat ― anyone who has had food poisoning can relate. But it can depend on the food. “Meat and especially fish leftovers tend to elicit more anxiety regarding food poisoning than do non-meat foods,” explained Adam Wenzel, associate professor of psychology at Saint Anselm College. He recommends the 2-2-4 rule: “Within two hours of preparation, store leftovers in the refrigerator in a shallow, 2-inch dish, and consume within four days.”Cooking Confidence Is KeyPeople may also worry about what to do with leftovers. Sure, we’ve all been trained to become wizards with Thanksgiving leftovers, but during the rest of the year we’re not always full of great ideas.If someone is comfortable cooking, they may be able to effectively reuse leftovers, Veit explained ― they can just toss them into a pot and whip up a soup and feel productive about it. But if a person is lacking confidence or skills in their cooking abilities, they may be gripped with fear and less inclined to use up those leftovers.Veit also pointed out that people tend to have varied diets ― Chinese food one night, spaghetti the next, a hamburger on Sunday ― and assembling a full meal from those leftovers might be a challenge. And there’s not a lot of room for error when it comes to re-preparing leftovers ― for instance, there isn’t much you can do to improve a dressed salad after it’s gotten soggy. Some People Are Wired To Enjoy Monotony, But Many Aren’tThe monotony of eating the same food every day plays a big role in one’s approach to leftovers, and it’s not something that can be easily proven by science. “We seem to be ‘wired’ to want variety in our diets,” Wenzel said, “[which] may be important for ensuring we consume a balanced diet.”But for others, eating the same food all week can provide a sense of control that eases anxiety. For folks on a specific diet, making a big batch of foods that agree with them removes the temptation to reach for bad choices out of desperation. And if you’re about to have a busy week, meal planning can take a lot of the stress out of your schedule.Attitudes Toward Leftovers Have Changed Over TimeHistoric attitudes to leftovers have also influenced us. Veit explains that at the beginning of the 20th century, people just expected to eat leftovers most days ― it was what you ate for your next meal. The concept of leftovers began to develop when refrigerators were introduced into people’s homes in the 1920s and ’30s, which meant that food could last longer. Initially, wealthier families owned fridges, so having leftovers was actually a sign of prestige. But over time, fridges became more common in people’s homes and leftovers lost their lustre.After the food scarcity of the Great Depression and rationing during World War II, leftovers became all the rage for three decades, Veit said. Cookbooks, in general, emphasised creativity and taught home cooks how to incorporate their leftovers into other foods. But later on, this positive outlook on leftovers dissipated as food became cheaper and incomes rose, Veit explained. Eating leftovers weren’t considered as economically or morally necessary as they were in the past; they were seen as something seen closer to garbage than food. As Portion Sizes Get Bigger, We’re Burdened With More And More LeftoversIn recent decades, restaurants have increased their portion sizes, which produces a larger amount of leftovers when people can’t finish their heaping plateful.Researchers are starting to look at how having leftovers may impact people’s behaviour towards other foods. Linda Hagen, associate professor of marketing at University of Southern California, and Aradhna Krishna, a professor at University of Michigan, conducted an experiment giving two groups two different-sized cookies, large and small, and told to eat a certain amount of the cookie. Afterwards, they gave both groups a bag of cookies and said they could eat as many as they wanted.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Levain Bakery (@levainbakery)The study found that participants with the larger cookies, and thus the biggest leftovers, ended up eating more cookies than the other group. They also worked out less than the small-cookie group. Hagen theorised that people saw the larger amount of leftovers and perceived they had eaten less, so they felt that they could indulge more and did not need to exercise as much. While this is one experiment and more studies need to be undertaken, it’s suggestive that having leftovers may impact food choices and amount of food consumption later on.On The Plus Side, Leftovers Can Help Save The PlanetBut one prevailing trend that researchers are seeing right now is the rise of sustainability when it comes to leftovers. “Some people are growing to understand that food production is resource-intensive from soup to nuts,” Veit said. Throwing away food is wasting all the resources that went into making and growing the food. And Americans throw a lot of it away ― the United States Department of Agriculture reports 133 billion pounds of food were thrown away in 2010. Eating leftovers is one way of minimising food waste.As sustainability becomes more mainstream, it still remains to be seen whether leftover-haters will be motivated to change their outlook.Related...How To Reheat These 9 Classic Leftovers Without Ruining Their Texture27 Funny Tweets About Parents' Cooking Fails9 Of The Biggest Home Trends For 2021, According To Design Experts
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In fact, when the HuffPost team swapped notes on the last time we hopped on a plane, it reminded us travel comes in so many forms – and we miss them all.Here, we reflect on our precious last holidays pre-Covid (not that we knew they  were at the time) and the freedoms we promise never to take for granted again.The Road TripIn September 2019, my partner and I flew to Las Vegas, hired a car, and went on the ultimate road trip to Death Valley, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite, and San Francisco. We drove for hundreds of miles, across state lines, blissfully unaware that a few months later, we’d be told to stay home and only leave the house to exercise “locally”. That contrast still boggles my mind. We got engaged at the start of the trip, and if I’d known then how weddings would be disrupted – and how draining it is to postpone and replan – I probably would’ve sealed the deal in a Vegas chapel then and there. What really strikes me about the trip though, is how free we were. We’d booked into a couple of hotels and campsites in advance, but we kept to our own timetable, took detours whenever we fancied it, had dinner with strangers and swam in huge, open lakes. The open road was ours. It feels like the pandemic has killed that spontaneity, with every social event planned to a T, tables booked and sanitiser packed in advance. I can’t wait to embrace impulsiveness again. For me, that’s what makes holidays so special. – Rachel Moss, life reporterThe Work TripFor years, travelling for work was a glamorous pipe dream, especially when I was a local reporter and the furthest trip I ever made was on the 93 bus. Annoying types told me that work travel was draining and not all it’s cracked up to be, but then, in my 30s, I moved to Australia for a job where hopping on a plane from Sydney to Melbourne, or Adelaide, or Perth, was commonplace.And it was amazing. So I’m ashamed to say how quickly I became complacent, complaining about the early starts and living life from a suitcase. In September 2019 – by this time, back in the UK – I flew to Italy with my boss for a two-day showcase of work to clients. Stressed and a bit burned out at the time, I huffed and puffed about it more than was acceptable and even tried to get a colleague to go in my place. Still, I went.We stayed in a beautiful villa between Pisa and Florence and were asked to do such very taxing things as morning yoga, foraging workshops, and sharing piles of delicious Tuscan food at communal tables – imagine! – in between the work presentations and professional networking.I should – we all should – be so lucky! What an absolute privilege any kind of travel abroad is. If you ever hear me huff about getting on a plane again, please confiscate my passport and take my seat yourself. – Nancy Groves, head of lifeThe Ski Trip My last trip abroad feels like a decade ago, but it was actually mid-Feb 2020 – a ski trip with a couple of friends to the south of France. You might associate skiing with expensive chalets and après ski, but this was a quieter affair. Every year, we go to a relative’s house in the middle of nowhere, near the Pyrenees. On this trip, we headed to the slopes three or four times – an hour’s pilgrimage in a hire car – then spent the day trying not to fall over before heading back. En route, we stopped at Intermarche to pick up supplies for dinner, and stock up on beer and wine – my favourite part of the day. Then, we spent the evenings drinking, eating and playing board games in front of an open fire or – if it was warm – watching the sun go down, sitting on a wall outside the house.We knew Covid was circling, but it seemed in the distance. Our Ryanair flights hadn’t been cancelled and we spent most of the holiday barely acknowledging the virus existed. There was what I’d describe as mild peril on the flight home, when I was seated next to a guy who wouldn’t stop coughing. But looking back, we were on the Covid-secure side of things: self-contained accommodation, bubble of four, lots of time outdoors. I wonder whether holidays will ever feel freeing again or whether I’ll be going through some kind of Covid risk checklist in my head as soon as I look at flights? – Natasha Hinde, life reporterThe Wedding TripIt’s strange to imagine it now, but in March 2020 I travelled to Holland for a big family wedding. We mixed with people from different countries – Spain, UK, America – we danced in a massive hall, we drank (a lot), and we all stayed in a massive Airbnb together as a family. We sang songs loudly, screaming the words over the music, and passed round disco light sabers that were handed out across the dance floor. We bonded with strangers in the toilet and took selfies that we laughed about the next morning.At the time, that all seemed normal, but looking back, it feels like a luxury. While we were there, we spoke about coronavirus, as it was loosely on our radar – wedding guests from Spain had heard that the UK had their first Covid death. Never did we think that’d end up in the 100,000s. It felt like a “small talk” topic to discuss with random strangers you meet at a wedding. We had no idea what was to come.A family photo of that day has been my phone background since the wedding, and I look at it often, so grateful that we were able to have that experience. A few weeks later, we were in lockdown. We haven’t been able to see our family who live in Holland since, and I can’t wait until we’re all reunited. Soon, I hope. –Amy Packham, life editorRelated...Is It Safe To Travel? What To Consider Before Booking Your HolidayCan I Go On Holiday To Amber List Countries?Which Covid Test Do You Need To Take To Travel?How The UK's Covid Traffic Light System Will WorkNostalgia Trip: 6 Of The Best UK Holidays We've Ever Had20 Secret Staycation Swaps That Look Like They’re AbroadThis Scarborough BnB Has Been Rated Top In The World, No Joke
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