Beth Siegalkoff

Let go of your diet and indulge in all your favorite unhealthy snacks without any guilt because it is the fun holiday – Junk Food Day, celebrated every July 21.

Junk food is a term used to refer to food that has a lot of calories but very little or no nutritional value. Popularized in the United States in the 1950s, the word is widely used for foods that are heavily processed, and have high amounts of sugars, fats and salt.

In other words, junk food is all that tasty stuff that the dietitians, and Mom, say is bad for us.

Studies have shown that consuming junk food once-in-a-while does not have a negative effect on health. It is only when one eats junk food for a majority of their meals that their diet can be considered unhealthy.

Consuming large amounts of foods considered to be junk can lead to several health problems, including a high risk of obesity, diabetes and heart issues.

However, on Junk Food Day, you get to eat anything you want. Eat any amounts that you want, too. Tomorrow, it is back to your normal healthy diet.

Please note: Junk food may be hazardous to your health; do so at your own risk. That risk includes Mom saying: “I told you so!”

I love junk food, so I will definitely be having some today.

We celebrated Lisa and Don’s birthdays this past weekend. We ordered three trays from Save Mart – meat and cheese, fruit and mixed seafood. They were absolutely delicious. We added some crescent rolls and other slider-type rolls, and had a feast. For dessert, we had German Chocolate cupcakes.

It was hot and muggy outside, so we stayed indoors with the air conditioning. Our family enjoyed a good visit with good food and a great dessert. Sometimes low-key is the best way to celebrate.

Are you ready for it? Forty-five days until Labor Day weekend (the unofficial end of summer), 103 days until Halloween, 128 days until Thanksgiving and 157 shopping days until Christmas. Seems like a lot of time to plan the fall and Christmas décor and what you are serving for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners.

And you know the stores will have fall decorations for sale the middle of August. It may be a good idea to take advantage of it early. Because when you finally decide what you need for fall, the stores will have progressed to Christmas decorations. It is always a good idea to check your pantry for food staples and start gathering those early. Nothing worse than running out of flour or sugar at the last minute and find the store shelves are bare too. Remember the shortages of 2020? Just saying.

Flower of the day: Candy Tuft

Recipe of the day: Cotton Candy

Dates to remember:

Aug. 7 – Herald Day

Aug. 9 – First day of school for the high school district

Aug. 16 – First day of school for Arcohe Elementary

Aug. 19 – First day of school for Oak View Elementary

Aug. 20 – First day of school for Galt elementary district

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.