Those who “cheat” at the modern rules of eating, where the ultimate aim appears to be a white-eyed kind of superior weightlessness, are now so laughably old-fashioned that Americans (nearly 40% of whom are obese) are being invited to pay $38 to dress up as them, being photographed with pizza as a document of how far it’s possible to fall. Into a cereal bowl, into a pit, into a dark and terrifying place where you are a walking burger and no longer in control.
This recipe calls for 20 soaked and pitted Medjool dates, ¼ cup pure grade B maple syrup, ¾ cup raw and soaked cashews, 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, and a pinch of sea salt. Simply place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture comes together. Form into about 20 bite sized rounds roll in some unsweetened shredded coconut and store in the refrigerator.
Before you start singing T. Swift’s “Bad Blood” to your favorite foods that might not be doing any favors for your waistline, why not try these slimming swaps instead? Peanut butter, chocolate, and bacon are all very different choices for what you love to indulge in, but they’re also three of the most popular cravings in America. So keep that mad love going—without the belly fat—with these easy ideas. We’ve sorted them by category, so look for your favorites (no judgments if it’s a three-way tie for the #1 spot in your heart) and then check out these 9 Foods That Shut Off Your Hunger Hormones—Fast!

Light and healthy carrot cake topped with smooth cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts.

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Not only do these energy bites look amazing, but they also taste amazing! All that needs to be done is mixing the ingredients and throwing them in the fridge to set. No butter or sugar added, this is a great snack that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Enjoy one or two between meals throughout your day to keep you energized and away from that 2 o’clock crash.

Though the ketogenic diet is a great healthy option, there are some people, in special circumstances, who should not try a ketogenic diet. Some of these special circumstances include: pregnant or breastfeeding women, and athletes who are starting a new season. Individuals with kidney stones or gallbladder issues should discuss their diet plans with a medical professional before starting on a ketogenic diet.

These crunchy cookie bars are packed with dried cranberries and creamy chunks of sweet white chocolate. Coat them in a citrusy orange yogurt glaze and sprinkle with chopped cranberries for added texture and sweetness.

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As our understanding of the science behind diet and nutrition change, so too do the techniques behind dieting to lose weight. The Leaf weight loss blog is dedicated to keeping you informed about the most nutritious diet foods and dietary habits, working with top nutritionists to identify key ingredients to a balanced diet while still giving you the weight loss tools to indulge yourself in moderation.
Jen Bateman, aka Dr. Jen, a food psychologist who specializes in diabetes and weight management, considers how that type of classification is a disservice to our health. “When we make foods ‘bad,’ we can set up a cycle of rebellion and craving them more,” she said. “It’s the inner teen inside us that doesn’t like to be told what to do. People feel ashamed and often feel hopeless or a sense of ‘what’s the point,’ and then they overeat to comfort.”
How to stop this? Train yourself to remember that healthy eating is NOT a straight and easy path. Some days we will eat too much and some days we won’t eat enough. It’s just life. Get back up and get back in the game. Go for a walk and let go of all those negative feelings. Let those endorphins get you back on the right track. After all, it’s just one meal. You have plenty more to enjoy. Start fresh again. You got this.

These rich chocolate almond doughnuts are vegan and easy to make. You won't have to fumble with a special doughnut pan either since the dough rolls and cuts with ease.

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Turn off the oven and head to your nearest farmers’ market to grab a basket of naturally sweet and tangy raspberries. This raw and vegan dessert will please any diner, regardless of dietary restriction.

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These vegan muffins prove you can whip up a delicious baked good when low on pantry staples. Switch up the pears and pecans in this recipe for whichever fruits and nuts you have on hand.

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Never heard of PB2 before? You’re in for a treat! It’s peanut butter in powdered form, made by pressing peanuts to remove their natural oils and fat content. In the end, you get a powdered peanut butter that has about 85% to 90% fewer calories than traditional peanut butter! PB2 has become a go-to for the health conscious since it’s so easy to throw into meals, baked goods and post-workout smoothies. You still get the delicious flavour of peanut butter without all the calories!

We're making your childhood dreams come true with this safe-to-consume vegan cookie dough you can eat by the spoonful. Its secret powerhouse ingredient? Chickpeas!

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This sandwich involves waffles, but it's more of a lunch than a breakfast thing. Want it for breakfast? No judgments. The idea is basically this: Take some greasy fried chicken and turn it into a sandwich by stuffing it between two slices of bacon-and-cheese-spiked waffles. Hard to get greasier than that. PS: This recipe calls for homemade waffles and home-fried chicken, but you can easily adapt it by using storebought frozen wafles and picking up some fried chicken from your favorite local source.
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