Suffering does not make you lose weight any faster. In fact? Au contraire. The best diet is one you can live with. To that effect, this fun list. Enjoy! (For you, @Brina xo)
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    Roasted vegetables πŸ†πŸŒ½πŸ 
    Bite-sized assorted veg spread out on foil-lined, olive oil-coated tray. 400 F oven until tender, roasty, toasty, compelling. Salt & pepper. Nosh to heart's content.
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    Add them to a plate of cruditΓ©s: cold, crisp radishes and thinly sliced fennel. Add a few olives and cherry tomatoes. Crunch away.
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    Carrots dipped in guacamole
    Measure out 1/4 cup of guac. Portion control is key.
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    Peanut butter w jicama sticks
    Nice change from celery. Portion control: 1 Tbs pb.
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    Lacy cheese crust
    Cheese plan for the weight conscious: choose harder, more flavorful cheeses over softer, milder ones. Why? Because you can grate them and use far less to greater effect. Sprinkle on top of your large serving of vegetables or small (1/2-cup) serving of potatoes and broil until crusty.
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    Sweet red pepper w hummus
    A whole pepper - even two. 3-4 Tbs hummus dipped or spread. Great snack!
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    Infinite salsa
    Any kind, everywhere savory. Heap it on.
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    Eggs 🍳🍳🍳
    They received a bum rap years ago, but eggs' unfairly tarnished reputation is recovering nicely, and this is a very good thing. Fry an egg when you're hungry: approx. 65 calories of pure good-for-you. And use eggs as toppings: omelette cut into strips; soft yolk-fried or boiled (yolks as sauce); hard-boiled grated and sprinkled, like confetti.
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    Trader Joe's Organic Olive Oil Popcorn
    2 cups = 130 calories
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    Melon, berries, peaches πŸ‰πŸ“πŸ‘πŸˆ
    Summer Edition, Unlimited.
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    Apples, sliced thin and cinnamoned 🍎🍎🍎
    Winter Edition, ditto.
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    Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Snaps
    3 = 70 calories
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    Trader Joe's Ice Cream Bon Bons
    Custom-made by a small supplier, these are a national treasure: chocolate cookie bottom, good quality vanilla ice cream, bittersweet chocolate shell. Clocks in @60 cal. A blessing on your head, Trader Joe.
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    A dozen chocolate chips.
    One at a time. Let each melt completely before adding the next. As if you were stoned. (See previous list: Counterintuitive Diet Advice, Part 2)
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    Tomato Sauce πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…
    By the gallon.