from ecosalon: How much of what we eat is dictated by our parents? Research shows that our food preferences may actually be shaped before we’re even born, but beyond what we eat, our own eating habits and traditions are certainly influenced by our families. This topic was thrown around recently as it came to my attention, that this week, October 16-22, is National Bulk Foods Week. I grew up in a household that was all bulk foods, all the time. What I wouldn’t have given for some junk food cereal at some point. But instead there was bulk oatmeal and bulk muesli. The stuff childhood food dreams certainly aren’t made of.