This is the one day in the year that you have my permission to eat whatever you want, except things you are allergic to. Please note, I did not say, "eat whatever quantity you want of whatever you want."
I always wondered who said that pancakes are for breakfast, pizza is for supper, hot dogs are for picnics, and ice cream is only for special occasions. Today is the day that meatballs for breakfast are A-OK. Bananas with a peanut butter is OK for lunch, and if you don't want to eat brussel sprouts, today you get a pass.
In the Old Testament, God set up several dietary laws on what His people should and should not eat. Many of these rules were God's way of keeping His people healthy as they moved across the desert to find the promised land. These laws were very different than the food rules we have today. Now we have special dieticians who help us understand the balance of food that we should eat every day. They have very good reasons for their rules and it really is best to try to follow their rules including a balance of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.
We want to have balance because our body really belongs to God! I Corinthians 6:19 says, "Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God. You do not belong to yourself." Our body is where the Holy Spirit lives and we should try to keep our bodies healthy with our food and exercise. So today, when you celebrate this ONE day of eating what you want, think of one thing you could do better to stay healthy and let's start that new habit tomorrow. What will it be?