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Celebrate National Eat What You Want Day

Hot Fudge Sundae
[1] Our personal go-to: a hot fudge sundae (photo © Lauri Patterson | iStock Photo).

[2] Fried onion rings with a mayonnaise-based dipping sauce (photo © QVC).

[3] A bacon cheeseburger that also has a layer of onion rings. Don’t forget the fries (photo © Smokey Bones)!


May 11th is National Eat What You Want Day, a day that sets diets aside for a indulgence with no regrets.

Whether you love donuts or fast food, chips and dip or creamy Fettucine Alfredo, today is your day to gratify those desires without feeling guilty.

Most nutritionists agree that, rather than try to repress your desire for not-good-for-you foods, having a treat every now and then helps to prevent gorging when the determination to eat right wears off.

The secret, they say, is small portion sizes.

That means one donut, maybe two; but not a baker’s dozen.

Eat What You Want Day was actually created by herbalists Thomas & Ruth Roy of Wellcat.

They made up 80 holidays, most unrelated to food (e.g., Happy Mew Year For Cats Day, Satisfied Staying Single Day and For Pete’s Sake Day).

So how are you going to indulge? Here’s our list of 15 candidates for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We’re thinking waffles for breakfast, a bacon cheeseburger with onion rings and fries for lunch, and if we still have room for dinner, mac and cheese.

(Of course, sensible people will only splurge at one meal.)

  • Barbecue
  • Basket of bread and butter, biscuits and gravy
  • Chips and dip, other crunchy snacks—corn chips, Cheetos, potato chips, pork rinds, etc.
  • Chocolate and other candy
  • Cookies, cakes, pies, donuts and other pastries
  • Creamy desserts: crème brûlée, custard, mousse, pudding
  • Deep-fried: fried calamari, chicken, fish & chips, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, potatoes, zucchini, etc.
  • Fast food
  • High-calorie cocktails: Mudslide, Piña Colada, White Russian
  • Ice cream sundae
  • Pancakes, waffles, French toast with lots of maple syrup, butter and bacon
  • Pasta: fettuccine alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese
  • Sandwiches: bacon cheeseburger, hero, anything overstuffed or triple decker
  • Tex-Mex, including nachos
  • Viennoiserie (French breakfast breads): brioche, chouquettes (dough sprinkled with pearl sugar), croissants, Danish pastry, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins, turnovers
    Add your favorites to the list.

    And enjoy your holiday.



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