A Special Guest Blog By: Courtney Mueller, Co-Producer of “Finding Thin”
Another milestone happened in my life; Sunday I turned 25 years old. My quarter life crisis. Naturally I celebrated the entire Memorial Day weekend surrounded by friends and family. The parties varied with the people, location, and overall birthday feel, but there was one particular element that was present in every event… cake.
For me, it’s not a birthday until there’s birthday cake. The birthday song followed by making a wish while blowing out the candles inevitably turns into slicing into the first (and biggest) piece of cake to devour. It’s part of the tradition, it’s the birthday food, it’s the celebratory meal.
And regardless of the caloric count, we always justify our poor food choices “because it’s a special occasion”.
Valentine’s Day chocolate, summer barbeques, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving stuffing, and Christmas… a little-or a lotta- bit of everything. Food is a part of our journey and the unhealthy choices is the highway we use to take.
Food is not only part of our culture, but it is often a reward.
Get a promotion at work? Go out to dinner.
Breakup with a boyfriend? Put your face in a pint of ice cream.
Turn a year older? Let ’em eat cake.
While I don’t think giving your sweetheart Tofu candy is going to be the up and coming tradition, I do think better or (gasp) healthier choices can be made when celebrating.
Make your health “a special occasion” everyday.