Eat What You Want Day

Eat What You Want Day Quick Facts - US

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2024 DateMay 11, 2024
2025 DateMay 11, 2025

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Eat What You Want Day History

Eat What You Want Day aims to promotes the idea of indulgence and enjoyment in our choice of food, without worrying about diet restrictions or calories for one day. It is an opportunity for individuals to set aside their regimen, offering them a break from the constant monitoring of their eating habits. Importantly, this day underlines the concept of a balanced lifestyle where occasional treats don’t harm one's overall health if eaten in moderation.

This particular commemoration does not have a well-documented history or origins traced back to particular individuals. Yet, it seems to have gained widespread popularity in the United States. For Americans, who are often subject to societal pressures related to health, diet, and body image, this day can serve as a reminder of food’s central role in celebration, comfort, culture and overall enjoyment of life. It encourages diversity in meals, highlighting the multi-ethnic culinary landscape of America.

On Eat What You Want Day, Americans are often seen indulging in their favorite meals or snacks that they might typically avoid owing to dietary concerns. This could involve dining at a favorite restaurant, experimenting with a new recipe, or enjoying a plate of comfort food. While this observance might seem as an encouragement for unrestrained indulgence, it should always be celebrated with a nod to overall health and moderation. Eat What You Want day occurs annually on May 11th, specific to none, but enjoyed by many across America.

Eat What You Want Day facts & quotes

  • According to Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate, in a day, the average person should eat 50% vegetables and fruits, 25% whole grains, and 25% protein. They also add plant oils like olive or peanut.
  • Celebrate by eating what you want, but try to be mindful of just how much you eat. According to a Harvard study, the average fast food combo meal contains about 1200 calories. Included in these calories is about 14 grams of fat, 68 grams of sugar, and 2000 milligrams of salt.
  • A Harris Poll survey posed the question, If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, which would it be? They found that:
    1) 21% of participants chose pizza
    2) 16% of participants chose steak
    3) 13% of participants chose hamburgers
    4) 11% of participants chose tacos
    5) 11% of participants chose pasta
  • One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well - Virginia Woolf

Top things to do in the US for Eat What You Want Day

  • Explore popular burger chains. Choose your favorite burger place or discover a new one.
  • Explore the healthy eating plate to find all types of good food to eat.
  • Donate to local food shelters. Everyone has a favorite food, but some don't have the opportunity to enjoy it.

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