Have you ever wished for a day where you can eat absolutely anything you want? Well that day is today. National Junk Food Day is celebrated every year on July 21. Dedicated to the foods we like to snack on, this isn’t your average cheat day. Today, you can eat junk food for every meal. Popularized in the U.S in the 1950s, junk foods are usually, by definition, high in fats, sugars, salt, and calories. But they are also high in deliciousness! Junk food day is the perfect day to treat yourself. On this day, you’re allowed your favorite junk foods without any guilt. So go ahead and add extra cheese on that burger and go for that order of fries. Today you’re allowed!
Why We Love National Junk Food Day
A. Guilt-free eating
Do you count carbs or calories? On junk food day, you’re off the hook. Do you usually opt for a salad at lunch? Skip the salad and go straight for the meat-lovers pizza. Sure, your fat-free frozen yogurt is tasty, but today get the double fudge ice cream without feeling one ounce of guilt.
B. Everyone’s cheating
There’s always that one coworker in the break room eating a healthy salad that you feel self-conscious eating your nachos in front of. You don’t have to worry about them today because they’re indulging in Junk Food Day, too.
C. It allows you to satisfy that craving
Cravings are an overwhelming sensation of desire for a certain food. Junk food cravings sometimes occur when the brain's opioids and dopamine reacted to the benefit of high-calorie food. This is why studies have shown that when we're stressed, we're more likely drawn towards high-energy foods, such as cakes and sweets. While eating junk food is not the way you should always deal with stress, National Junk Food Day gives you the perfect excuse (just for a day.)
How to Celebrate National Junk Food Day
1. Eat your favorite junk food
This is the easiest and most fun way to participate in National Junk Food Day. Is it nachos you crave? Chips? Pie? French fries? Pick whatever your heart’s desire and chow down. Today those calories don’t count!
2. Share your junk food on social media
Junk food day is the perfect time to indulge and brag about what you’re indulging in. Take a picture of those chocolate bourbon cupcakes you had for lunch and that chili cheese dog you had for dinner and Instagram it. Don’t forget to use your hashtags #NationalJunkFoodDay
3. Throw a junk food party
The only thing that’s better than getting to eat junk food is getting to eat it with your friends. Invite some friends over for a junk food potluck party. No green leafy foods allowed, just everyone’s favorite cheesy, fatty, carby foods.