Eat What You Want Day

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2024 Date11 May 2024
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Eat What You Want Day History

Eat What You Want Day focuses on celebrating the joy of eating and indulging in your favourite meals. This day promotes a balanced lifestyle, and encourages dieters to take a break from the strict food limitations, even if it’s just for one day. The Observance acts as a great reminder of the essentiality of a balanced and varied diet, thus promoting the importance of food diversity without succumbing to guilt or fear of overstepping the restrictive dietary boundaries.

Eat What You Want Day is highly popular within the UK and shares a link with an instrumental dieting book published by Thomas and Ruth Roy in the 1990s, ‘Eat What You Want and Die Like a Man’. British citizens appreciate this day as it corresponds well with the UK's rich palette, ranging from traditional fish and chips to the beloved roast dinners to a plethora of multicultural foods. This is a day for Britons to celebrate diversity in diets and to disregard the taboo of supposed 'cheat days', promoting the mental benefits of indulging in one’s food preferences.

In the United Kingdom, individual observance of this day varies greatly. Some people choose to eat their favourite meal, order in or cook a dish from their childhood. Restaurants and cafes celebrate the day by offering deals and special menus, and often concocting indulgent food creations that are only available for this special occasion. Eat What You Want Day is typically observed on May 11th.

Eat What You Want Day facts

  • 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.
  • On Eat What You Want Day in the UK, many people indulge in traditional British food items, such as fish and chips, a full English breakfast, or afternoon tea with scones, clotted cream, and jam.
  • According to OpenTable UK, the average UK citizen eats out 1.5 times a week and spends up to £53 per meal.

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

  • Explore popular burger chains. Choose your favorite burger place or discover a new one.
  • Have a picnic with some British classics such as sausage rolls, pork pies, scotch eggs, and sandwiches in a picturesque location such as Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath or the South Bank.
  • Indulge in traditional British cuisine such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, a full English breakfast, or a Sunday roast to celebrate.

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