Have you ever noticed how celebrations in our culture are centered around food? Have you noticed that we celebrate with food? That food is the center of parties, events, and more?
My Experience Celebrating With Food
For about two more weeks, I am employed by a gym. I work in the office doing membership paperwork and marketing stuff, but I really still enjoy the atmosphere and the ability to use the gym for free and take classes (Zumba tonight!?!?). I like that I’ve met a lot of people who have lost weight, who are dedicated to their health, and who appreciate talking about food and fitness. It has been a great experience to work at a gym.
One thing I find odd about working at the gym, and our culture as a whole, is the way we use food to celebrate. The monthly staff birthday party to celebrate June birthdays is tomorrow and I’m the lucky girl who gets to go shopping for the food. I was instructed to buy cupcakes, chips, cookies, and soft drinks. There is a whole list of ideas for things I can buy for the party – none of which I would buy if I was shopping for myself because it is all junk food that I’m trying to avoid eating while losing weight.
I’m not again having a piece of cake every once in a while – obviously. But why do we do this all the time?
We celebrate birthdays with sugary, fatty foods. We celebrate every special occasion like this.
Some of us even take it further and celebrate the little moments with food. Have you ever had a great weigh in and then celebrated with food? Yeah, it happens. We are obsessed with food and use it to celebrate at every opportunity.
I’m tempted to rebel. To take a stand against the ironic and sad fact of ubiquitous food-centric celebrations. I want to just say, “NO, I won’t buy these cupcakes!” (I mean, what are they going to do – fire me? Ha.) It is not even the fact that I would eat them, because I won’t. I never eat the food at the work birthday parties because it is always so sugary and I have no reason to if it is not my birthday. I just don’t want anyone else to eat it either. Half of the people there are overweight if they don’t work on the fitness floor or teach classes. They don’t need cupcakes any more than I do. So why am I being sent to buy them?
While I’m a bit thrown off by the idea of celebrating with food while we are meant to be beacons of health, I know it’s a cultural
I know I will go buy it so all my coworkers are happy. I’m curious about what you guys think on the subject.
Do You Celebrate With Food?
Obviously celebrating with food is part of our culture and most cultures. We develop our favorite foods and fun recipes thanks to the celebrations we plan and attend.
Food is something we utilize when we are happy and when we gather together. It’s something that is central to how we get along together and how we celebrate. I don’t think that is going to change any time soon.
However, maybe we can start celebrating with better food. Does a celebration have to have the worst-for-us foods we can buy? Could it not be a celebration with fresh healthy foods? Celebrating with “bad” foods makes it hard for dieters and people living a healthy life to celebrate when the food is a minefield.
Do you celebrate everything with “bad” food? Or is it just for the very, very, very special occasions? Or not at all? Am I crazy to care about this at all since I won’t be eating the stuff?