National Eat What You Want Day

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Wave a cheery goodbye to your diet regimen and say hello to the delightfully indulgent day known as National Eat What You Want Day. This richly flavorful day of the year found itself on our platters thanks to the delectable invention of Thomas and Ruth Roy of

When is Eat What You Want Day?

It's national eat what you want day on the 11th May.

Feasting on the History of National Eat What You Want Day

Our journey down the memory lane takes us back to the days of Thomas and Ruth Roy who conceived National Eat What You Want Day to put a pause on the worldwide obsession with diets and food restrictions. Faced with a motley array of diets and lifestyle fads, they craved a day where they weren't accountable for the calorie content or sugar percentages in their meals. So, on May 11 every year, we all are encouraged to treat our taste-buds to whatever they've been fantasizing about; be it a hefty slice of deep-dish pizza, a gooey comfort bowl of mac and cheese or a mountainous ice-cream sundae.

2020: The Year That Was

Flash-forward to 2020 and the event had its most online mentions on May 11. Approximately 8013 salivating cyberspace foodies and dietary rebels joined the online conversation to mark the glorious day of unfastened belts and carefree munching.

Join the Celebration

So, envision your favorite food and take a guiltless bite or ten of it. Revel in the thrilling taste, soak in the tantalizing aroma, and let the indescribable enjoyment linger on your palate. Because today, my fellow food-lovers, is National Eat What You Want Day. A guilt-free day dedicated to savoring your favorite foods sans judgment or calorie-counting. Just remember to celebrate responsibly - even indulgence has its limits!

History behind the term 'Eat What You Want'


The Birth of the Term

In 1990, the term 'eat what you want' emerged as a way to promote food freedom and individual choice when it comes to choosing what to eat. This concept encouraged people to break free from strict diets and instead listen to their own bodies and cravings. It offered a more relaxed and flexible approach to food, emphasizing enjoyment and satisfaction rather than rigid rules and restrictions.


Rise of Food Blogging

With the advent of the internet and the rise of food blogging in the early 2000s, the term 'eat what you want' gained further popularity. Food bloggers began promoting the idea of exploring a variety of cuisines and recipes, encouraging their readers to indulge in their taste preferences without guilt. This movement contributed to the cultural shift toward embracing personal food choices and rejecting societal judgments about what and how much one should eat.


Body Positivity Movement

In 2015, the body positivity movement gained traction, focusing on accepting and loving one's body in all its forms. This movement aligned perfectly with the concept of 'eat what you want' by challenging societal beauty standards and advocating for body autonomy. It emphasized that everyone deserves to eat without shame or judgment, empowering individuals to make food choices based on their own preferences and needs.


Self-Care and Mental Health Awareness

In recent years, self-care and mental health awareness have become significant cultural movements. It was acknowledged that enjoying food and eating without restrictions can positively impact mental well-being and foster a healthy relationship with food. 'Eat what you want' became closely associated with self-care practices and mindfulness, encouraging individuals to prioritize their own happiness and nourishment rather than adhering to external expectations.

Did you know?

Thomas and Ruth Roy have created over 80 special days and National Eat What You Want Day is just one of their delicious inventions!


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First identified

11th May 2015

Most mentioned on

11th May 2020

Total mentions


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