Why are so many holiday celebrations centered around food? As Valentine’s Day approaches, we cannot escape the invasion of chocolate treats and heart shaped boxes. Dinner dates at fine restaurants are being reserved all over town. And Valentine’s Day is not the only time that a holiday equals food:
• Easter hops in with chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks
• Christmas is a barrage of cookies, candy, and more cookies
• Halloween = Candy (duh)
• 4th of July means cookouts and casseroles
• Thanksgiving. (double duh)
I propose a new holiday: Dieter’s Day.
Instead of celebrating with food and drink on Dieter’s Day, people everywhere meet in parks and take long walks. Afterwards, everyone drinks lots of thirst quenching water and compares who has the most interesting water bottle. To amp up the excitement levels, participants trade fiber bars and then compare the calorie counts just for fun. Not to be outdone by other holidays, Dieter’s Day can end with an hors d'oeuvres smorgasbord of celery, cucumbers and carrots.
Who says Dieter’s Day can’t be all that and a bag of chips?