In 2007, the International Agency for Research on Cancer analyzed 19 studies on indoor tanning and the risk for melanoma. It concluded that people who started indoor tanning before age 35 had a 75% greater risk of developing melanoma. Since 2003, UV radiation from any source has been listed by the U.S. National Toxicology Program as a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Currently, many government agencies caution against tanning.
Okay, we all know bacon is delicious any way you eat it. But, if you haven’t tried the combination of bacon with maple syrup, you need to, right now! These homemade granola bars are the perfect substitute for a store bought brand because you’ll know everything going into them. (No hidden ingredients!) Using maple syrup as a sweetener is one of the most natural forms of sugar. Replacing refined sugar with the same amount of maple syrup will cut the total sugar content by a third! I also recommend swapping the butter for coconut oil for added benefits.
Some of the ingredients in real ice cream - like fat and milk - are what make ice cream creamy, smooth, and satisfying! Those are also the things that make you naturally stop eating ice cream when you do feel satisfied and are allowing yourself to enjoy it. When we restrict ourselves of certain foods, it makes the sensory reward of those foods increase. All these effects of food marketing and diet culture make it hard to believe that you aren’t just a bottomless pit who can’t control yourself around certain foods - but you aren’t. Eating foods - especially ones that you like and taste good - doesn’t make you guilty of anything.  
If you enjoy cooking, but hate schlepping to the grocery store and finding recipes, then Home Chef meal delivery service ($49.80 and up; homechef.com) will help make home-cooked dinners a regular part of your routine. Offering low-carb and low-calorie options, Home Chef delivers ingredients for two to six people and allows you to select how many times per week you'd like to cook. The delivery service works on a subscription-based model, but you can select different options and meals each week, as well as cancel or pause at any time should life (or travel) get in the way. While Home Chef doesn't tailor to a specific diet, it allows you the flexibility of choosing meals that align with your needs. This works especially well if you're the only person in your household following the diet, since you can select other options for your family members or roommates.

If you enjoy cooking, but hate schlepping to the grocery store and finding recipes, then Home Chef meal delivery service ($49.80 and up; homechef.com) will help make home-cooked dinners a regular part of your routine. Offering low-carb and low-calorie options, Home Chef delivers ingredients for two to six people and allows you to select how many times per week you'd like to cook. The delivery service works on a subscription-based model, but you can select different options and meals each week, as well as cancel or pause at any time should life (or travel) get in the way. While Home Chef doesn't tailor to a specific diet, it allows you the flexibility of choosing meals that align with your needs. This works especially well if you're the only person in your household following the diet, since you can select other options for your family members or roommates.
Sauces can be a way to add a healthy pop of flavor…or hidden nutritional saboteurs, depending on how you approach them. The problem with sauces in restaurants is that you don’t know what else they’ve included. My advice is to err on the side of caution and order it on the side. Or take it up a notch and skip it altogether. Do you really need cheese sauce on that chicken breast? Probably not. If you’re dealing with food sensitivities, I advise asking for oil and vinegar with your salad or entree so you can make your own dressing.

Food guilt is something a lot of people struggle with daily and it’s no wonder since the messages around us are constantly telling us to eat less red meat, that eggs are high in cholesterol, that all carbs are bad, that you must eat non-GMO and 100% organic, that saturated fat is bad and too much fruit is bad - it’s no wonder the population is confused and feeling guilty! Not only that, but many of us are trying to lose a few extra pounds, so even if healthy food is being consumed, there is still a lot of guilt experienced around the amount of calories one has probably eaten.


We all love the original chocolate chip cookie, but some are made with too much sugar and not enough nutrients. We have found a way to fix that! These chocolate chip cookies use flax seed that are high in omega-3s and have tons of fiber. There is also peanut butter added to this cookie because, well, everything is better with peanut butter. It not only makes the cookie taste amazing but also adds a source of protein and some healthy fat.
Some days I "made it" until afternoon without eating, and I thought that was a good thing. But when I'd cut my calories down so that I should have been losing weight and wasn't, I went to a nutritionist. She was sure I'd lose weight if I ate early in the day. My big fear was that if I started eating earlier, I'd eat way too much, since I've always been a late–afternoon and early-evening eater. Finally, after much pressure, she convinced me that if I woke up and had just two bites of a banana, it couldn't possibly kill my caloric intake for the day and it would help kick-start my metabolism early.

“When we finally take the restrictions off our food choices, we’re less likely to crave or overeat those indulgent foods,” Pike said. “What you eat over the long haul is more important than any one particular meal or food item that you eat. Your eating patterns should be sustainable long-term, considering your taste preferences, budget and lifestyle.”


While once museums held collections of arrowheads and rudimentary knives, visitors to this museum, which opens in LA at the end of bikini season, will enjoy a “donut gym complete with pastry dumbbells, or a life-size bowl of cereal where you suspend from the spoon to get that perfect Insta shot”. There is an area where visitors will be invited to take selfies in an oversized “hamburger dress”, and in the gift shop, to purchase merchandise embroidered with the word “Cheater”.
It will have wheat in it. I might buy the Einkorn wheat or whole wheat or just plain old white pastry flour. I’ll have to see what’s in the pantry at this moment. It will also have sugar in it. Real cane sugar, organic, or not. Again, let me check my cupboards. It will have eggs in it and butter, both of which I have in the fridge right now, from Costco.
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.
Living organisms maintain themselves by acquiring nutrients from their environments. The energy they extract from their environments permits them to initiate controlled movements. Basically, we are supposed to move, and by doing so we utilize nutrients we obtain from food. I dont think food enjoyment and pleasure is really a primal animal instinct. 😉
Oh well. From September, tourists in LA will be invited to marvel at these greasy artefacts of a more ignorant time, when humans ate what they wanted to eat, regardless of how processed or sugary it was, or if it was classed as “clean”, or whether its calories were “empty” or if it was presented in a cartoon-charactered tin. Before the complexities of food, and comfort, and class, were boiled down to good and bad, and then liberally distributed through supermarkets and Facebook, like a sprinkling of fine table salt.
It’s a truth that was this week illuminated in a quite startling way, with the announcement of a new tourist attraction, Cheat Day Land, a pop-up museum named after the day of indulgence in a week of dieting. “Cheat Day Land,” explained the press release, alongside images of sexy ladies eating giant slices of pizza, “is a space where healthy lifestyle advocates can take a break from their dietary restrictions and indulge in whatever strikes their fancy for the day. Everyone’s entitled to a cheat day after all.”
Whether you want to kick your afternoon sweet habit or simply need a snack to tide you over until your next meal, you have several healthy options available. Guilt-free foods are low in calories, provide nutrients to keep you healthy and offer fiber to improve satiety. Foods ranging from carrots to dark chocolate provide the nutrition your body needs, without excessive fat and calories to make you feel guilty.
I've made so far: The chocolate chip pancakes. Amazing tasting, speedy and a great breakfast. Breakfast nachos! Better than expected and took all of 5 minutes. Sausage Biscuit, a more time intensive meal but I found the end result great. I actually used the leftovers to make things other than sausage biscuits such as a reasonably sized sausage sub for lunch as well. The biscuits were so good that I ate a couple on their own!
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