A long long time ago, in the sophomore year of my college career, I helped to create a holiday. Samm Zachs, Jon Vickers, and myself developed something called Guilt Free Day. Here’s the deal.
I was tired of hearing how guilty people felt after eating something fattening and delicious. You’ve probably witnessed this, or perhaps been one of those people yourself. My reaction was, if you’re going to eat something delicious why not simply enjoy it without all of the negative attitude? No one is forcing you to eat the ice cream or McDonald’s, so stop complaining. Either eat it and love it or don’t eat it at all. Guilt Free Day came out of a response to this attitude.
On Guilt Free Day one has the freedom to eat whatever they wish without having to justify anything. If you want to put butter on your Milk Duds, go right ahead. If you want to eat Chinese food and pizza in the same meal, you got it. It is the one day a year in which you can eat terrible delicious food without feeling a heavy conscience. Sure, if you overdo it you will feel like death, but that’s the name of the game. Even if your body protests, you can still put your mind at ease. It’s Guilt Free Day.
Now, initially there was some confusion regarding the scope of this freedom. People began to ask if they could skip classes or not study on Guilt Free Day. Let me set the record straight that the day is intended only for food. It came as a response to people bellyaching about calories, so let’s keep it simple. You can’t hurt people on Guilt Free Day. You can just eat unhealthy food without feeling guilty.
Every year, a date must be set for this special day. In 2011, I have chosen Wednesday, February 2 as the official Guilt Free Day of 2011. This is also Groundhog Day. I figure, this is at the peak of the winter doldrums, and if the groundhog sees his shadow we will all need a little morale booster.
So let it be known throughout the land! Guilt Free Day is nearly upon us.
Let each man and woman celebrate as they see fit.
Disclaimer: The creators of Guilt Free Day are aware of the ever-growing obesity epidemic in this country. That being said, Guilt Free Day exists as a matter of principle, and not as a means to alter the regular diets of average Americans. Every individual is responsible for his or her radical food intake on said day… and every other day.
Eat responsibly- ish