With the national Eat-what-you-want-day (Eat What You Want Day – sometimes: National Eat What You Want Day) celebrate the USA the May 11 dedicated to the friends of good food. At least that’s what the American couple Ruth and Thomas Roy say. The following lines illuminate what this Food Holiday is all about and why this occasion deserves its own contribution to the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world . Good Appetite.
Who started the National Eat What You Want Day?
Eat What You Want Day was invented by the American couple Ruth and Thomas Roy. With more than 85 trademarked holidays on their website wellcat.com, the two are considered real luminaries when it comes to calendar curiosities.
In the case of the Eat what you want day, the earliest known version of a post on wellcat.com dates from May 2000. It is not entirely clear whether this day of action has much older calendar roots. After all, Thomas Roy began creating his own holidays while he was working as a radio host in the 1980s (see also the list of related links below).
Although Roy no longer has any strange holidays in the world at his wife’s request, we owe them both such great occasions as the wave -all-of-your-neighbors-to-day (English Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day) on February 7th, Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day on February 20th, Brutus Day (National Brutus Day) on March 15th, invent your own holiday day ( Make Up Your Own Holiday Day) on March 26th or International Screams of Frustration (International Moment of Frustration Scream Day) on October 12th (see also the list of further links below – here especially the overview in the linked Wikipedia entry and the CNN article by Doug Criss).
Why does Eat What You Want Day falls on May 11 in the United States?
In contrast, in the course of the research for the present article, I was unable to find out why the Roy couple chose May 11 as the date for Eat-What-You-Want Day. Unfortunately, the articles on wellcat.com rarely provide specific information in this regard. It is not known whether it is related to the day of the Twilight Zone (National Twilight Zone Day), which is also celebrated on May 11th, or to the beginning of the Ice Saints.
Goals and intention: Against the stress of eating what you want with the Eat What You Want Day
If you ask around a little in your immediate environment, you will almost certainly notice the stress of many people around the topic of food and nutrition. Many have the feeling – often fueled by the media coverage and the ideals of beauty propagated therein – that they are too fat and that they are basically eating the wrong way. This is exactly where today’s eat-what-you-want-day starts, because at least once a year you can eat what you want.
This is not to say that obesity and the excessive consumption of fatty and sweet foods are absolutely desirable or recommended for health reasons. Rather the opposite. Nevertheless, seems to have set the view in the public mind that we do almost everything wrong when it comes to diet (see including the contribution to the US Foodie Day (National Foodies Day) on May 9).
And that despite a variety of information. It is precisely the multitude of supposedly well-founded advisors and the sometimes contradicting statements on the subject of proper nutrition that have led to great uncertainty and seriously disrupted trust in the natural body feeling.
In contrast, this culinary day of action fits perfectly into the series of thematically related events. Because when it comes to being able to eat what you want on May 11th today, we have plenty of choice here for inspiration on the strange holidays. As an example, reference is made to the following curious feeding days:
- the day of frozen food (National Frozen Food Day) on March 6,
- the day of healthy eating on March 7,
- the International Anti-Diet Day (International No Diet Day) on May 6,
- the day of the Junkfood (National Junk Food Day) on July 21st or
- the day of the cheeseburger (National Cheeseburger Day) on September 18th
With this in mind, this day of action addresses an important aspect of eating. Because no matter what you eat on May 11th, above all it should taste good and make you happy. 🙂
In this sense: Hurray for good and delicious food.