This Q & A was with a 27-year-old male, Tyler Jones, of Fruita, Colorado who seems to represent the typical single 20-something just now learning the importance of nutrition in a single-person diet and with the same habits and fears that many singles have in our current generation.
C: How many years have you been cooking for yourself?
T: Around nine years.
C: Would you say that you are a typical single person in your cooking and dining habits?
T: I am pretty typical, I only want to cook things that are easy and don’t take a lot of time.
C: How was cooking for yourself in college different than cooking for yourself now that you have a full-time job?
T: In college I avoided fruits and vegetables because I would only eat things that were very cheap. Now I have a little more of a variety.
C: What sort of advice do you have for singles who are just starting to cook for themselves?
T: Look up easy recipes on the internet, or get a good cook book.
C: What are some recipes or meals you would recommend for a single person?
T: Spaghetti, enchiladas, fajitas. With these you can cook larger portions.
C: When you cook, do you cook one portion at a time, or large meals and eat leftovers?
T: Large meals and eat leftovers
C: What do you do when you are eating if you are eating alone?
T: Eat in front of the TV.
C: Would you rather eat by yourself, with one other person or with a group?
T: I enjoy all of them. I would say I enjoy eating with one person more than the others.
C: What are some advantages of eating alone?
T: Leftovers last a long time so that you don’t have to cook again.
C: What are some disadvantages of eating alone?
T: You have to clean up after yourself.
C: Do you look at meal nutrition more closely when you’re cooking for yourself?
T: I have lately, but usually no.
C: Do you eat more often inside your home or out?
T: I eat out more.
C: Do you ever eat at restaurants alone?
T: No, I don’t think that would be very comfortable.
C: Do you think that your eating and dining habits will change when you have a family?
T: Yes, I will watch nutrition much more carefully than I do now.