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Diet Diva

Get advice on healthy eating, nutrition, and weight loss from expert dietitian Tara Gidus. 

  • Apr 16 2010

    What Can You Cook on a Food Stamp Budget

    This is the exact task posed to 2 chefs and a food magazine editor: feed a family of 4 for 7 days, 3 meals a day, on a food stamp budget. A family of four has a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) budget of ...

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  • Apr 14 2010

    Why Eat Soy?

    April is Soyfoods Month (yes, there is a month for everything!), so what better time to talk about soy!Why eat it?Weight management: Many soy foods are lower in calories than their meat counterpart. For example, my fave soy sausage (Lightlife It...

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  • Apr 13 2010

    Less Sleep = More Weight

    If you are night owl and can't seem to get yourself to bed at night, starving your body of the sleep it requires, you may be in for another unpleasant side effect: weight gain.Quite a few studies in the past have connected sleeping fewer hours to...

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  • Apr 10 2010

    New Tasty Food Find for Young Kids

    I wrote recently about raising adventurous, non-picky eaters. Getting kids to eat the right kinds of food is a constant challenge!My two year old loves fruit snacks, so I was thrilled when I found some organic fruit snacks. These snacks are Tast...

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  • Apr 07 2010

    Calories Posted at Most Chain Restaurants

    Did you realize that somewhere in the depths of the health care bill that was just signed was something that will impact if you order a Big Mac?In the new health care bill there is a new requirement that all chain restaurants with over 20 stores h...

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  • Apr 02 2010

    Good For Me, Bad for You

    When I saw this study in the Journal of Consumer Research I thought immediately of myself. The study found that people choose healthier foods for themselves than when they are choosing for others. This is so interesting to me and struck a cord a...

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  • Mar 29 2010

    Eat Eggs for Easter

    What better time of the year to eat eggs than for Easter? Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. Bring on the eggs!Not too long ago eggs were shunned because we thought they were bad for the heart. But medicine and research has evolv...

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  • Mar 27 2010

    My Two Year Old Eats Octopus

    I recently wrote a post about feeding kids and creating healthy eaters. I have to do a follow up on this post with a book I found recently on the subject.The title alone will hook you: My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to ...

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  • Mar 19 2010

    Truth in Packaging: Translating Food Label Terms

    Are you completely confused when it comes to reading food labels? What exactly does natural mean? What exactly is unprocessed food vs processed food?Let's look at some terms and decifer their meanings. Thanks to the American Dietetic Associatio...

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  • Mar 18 2010

    Nutrition Made Easy

    I am celebrating National Nutrition Month the entire month of March. This is about as exciting as it gets for us in the nutrition world.People think eating right has to be difficult or that everything healthy has to taste like cardboard. Not tru...

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About the Author


Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.