Dieting is indeed an ordeal for people who love their food. It takes immense willpower to resist eating our favorite drool-worthy treats and focus on the healthier ones instead, even though they may be good for us and might also taste delicious. But today is the day you have a clean note to go ahead and eat what your heart truly desires! International No Diet Day is celebrated on May 6, and it is indeed a day of celebration for foodies everywhere. So, for today, get rid of your food worries and restrictions and enjoy that indulgent dish you’ve been craving.
International No Diet Day: Meaning and Theme
The idea of celebrating a day without a diet originated in 1992. British feminist Mary Evans Young knew so many people who embarked on fad diets just to fit unrealistic body standards. Unfortunately, many eating disorders also stem from it. Evans Young had suffered from anorexia herself and wanted to promote the idea of having a healthy body image without resorting to extreme diets. She started the organization “Diet Breakers” and created the first International No Diet Day which quickly became a movement in itself.
Thus, the international day without a diet has a triple objective:
- To educate people on how to feed themselves responsibly, without resorting to extreme measures
- To celebrate the diversity of different body shapes and sizes
- Getting everyone to take a one-day break from their diet
(Also read: What is a satiation diet? Is it better than other fad diets?)
5 gourmet recipes to celebrate International No Diet Day
Eat what you like and savor every bite – that should be the motto of International No Diet Day. We have prepared a delicious list of gourmet recipes that you can prepare at home to celebrate the day. The idea is to simply ditch all your dietary restrictions just for a day and enjoy the benefits of a few delicious treats. These recipes are just a few of the many goodies out there. Be adventurous and indulge your inner foodie!
1. Mexican Chicken Nachos
Mexican-style nachos packed with the goodness of tangy and spicy chicken, what’s not to love about this amazing recipe?
2. Juicy Lamb Burger
Burgers are one of the classic fast food dishes that never go out of style. This juicy burger has a lip-smacking Keema patty that makes for a gourmet treat.
3. Mozzarella cheese sticks
Bursting with cheese on the inside and crispy on the outside, this recipe for mozzarella sticks is a treat you can’t say no to.
(Also read: 7 gourmet breakfast ideas that could be a dessert)
4. Pepperoni Pizza
Slices of pepperoni with fresh marinara and heaps of mozzarella – need we say more or are you already tempted?
5. Paneer Lasagna
The Italian favorite is “desi-fied” with the addition of cottage cheese or paneer. Try this wonderful dish and treat yourself.
Happy International No Diet Day!
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