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"National Bacon Day," really??

Saturday, August 31, 2013


I really, really dislike how so many things have a designated "day" (frequently so designated by the industry that produces them) - Ice Cream Day, Donut Day, Bacon Day...there's got to be an "official" day for any number of unhealthy foods that are okay to eat on rare occasions but don't really need to be celebrated. At least not to me. Just because it's Donut Day does NOT mean I plan to include a donut in my eating that day. I'll have a donut when I decide it might be worth my while to eat one (which is almost never, unless I'm baking them myself) and I get kind of irritated by the shameless self-promotion behind things like "Eat lots of bacon today because it's National Bacon Day!" Says who? I'll eat it if I choose to, thanks. No need to try and pressure me into it, no matter how "fun" and celebratory the day is supposed to be. It's still pressure to eat something that isn't good for me! Sure, bacon tastes delicious. How could it not? It's basically fried fat. I get really grossed out looking at raw bacon, when you can see a narrow strip or two of actual meat, surrounded by the inevitable white mass of pork fat. I try not to eat bacon now and I don't really miss it.

But anyways, that's not the point. The point is that maybe I'm just having a cranky morning, but I still struggle with portion control and desire for foods that aren't always nutritious, and I want to raise healthy kids, and I want other people to be able to resist their temptations and cravings and eat more healthfully, and I just don't like pulling up CNN in the morning and reading that it's "National Bacon Day" like that's some kind of official, important news. People are free to eat what they want and obviously industries are going to try to boost their sales as they can, but I guess I just don't like when there is this level of encouragement to eat something unhealthy when as a whole, this country's health is really suffering.

I shall now step off the soapbox and go for a walk before it gets too hot out. :)
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    Well we all have choices in life and one of those is to buy into hype or not. On my present regime a little of everything is ok for me as I'm sure it is for others. It seems like these food days are designed to motivate the public to support the various food industries such as bacon or icecream etc. If that particular industry is flagging fair enough - buy bacon, doughnuts or whatever but don't gorge on these items freeze them & use them when you need to.
    2290 days ago
    I think you are having a cranky morning. This seems to be an issue for you quite often. You get upset about other people eating poorly or that there are foods that aren't great for you that other people celebrate. I think perhaps stepping back and realizing that bacon, donuts, etc. along with all things, when eaten in moderation don't have to be 'bad' things. Just because we all can't eat in moderation most of the time and if we can, we transfer our obsessions to something else, doesn't mean the rest of the world is incapable.

    I agree its not news but I also don't think its the evil that you seem to feel it is. I save that distinction for news about the Kardashians or anyone involved with that family.
    2291 days ago
    GO YOU! It is kind of ridiculous. But I think that I didn't realize how ridiculous it was until I started to try and change my eating. Good point!
    2292 days ago
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