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Diet Diva

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

  • Oct 05 2009

    Healthier WIC Offerings

    For the first time in 35 years, the US government program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is getting new nutrition guidelines. BRAVO!New foods being offered include:whole wheat and whole grain breadsbrown ricetofucanned beansmore fresh fru...

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  • Sep 30 2009

    Best Sweetener

    You have probably seen all of the new stevia-based sweeteners on the market lately. What is the difference between all of them? How do they taste? You will have to try them for yourself, but I can tell you from my experience which one I like th...

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  • Sep 28 2009

    Family Dinner Night

    Remember the days when we used to sit down together every night for dinner together as a family? I grew up this way. Not eating together wasn't an option or even a thought. Mom made dinner and called us when it was ready. It was as simple as that....

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  • Sep 25 2009

    Benefits of Pasta

    I was sitting in a restaurant the other day eavesdropping on the woman at the table next to me. She was deciding what to order and talking to her friend. She said, "I had a PBJ sandwich for breakfast and pasta for lunch so there is no way I can ...

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  • Sep 23 2009

    Satisfying Snacks

    I am always in the quest for snacks that will satisfy in many ways: mouth (taste), brain (cravings), and stomach (satiety). When I saw a recent study comparing 4 different snacks and the effects on physical and psychological hunger, I was intri...

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  • Sep 18 2009

    Taxing Soft Drinks?

    This week's New England Journal of Medicine contained a very, very interesting proposal put forth by a few prominent physicians and researchers working on the obesity crisis in America.They propose that beverages loaded with sugar should be consid...

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  • Sep 15 2009

    National Guacamole Day

    Yes, it is true. There is actually a National Guacamole Day! It is Wednesday, September 16. So in honor, let's review the benefits of avocados, and therefore guacamole!Ancient edibles: Avocados originated around 7,000 B.C. The Aztecs ate them, ...

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  • Sep 14 2009

    Latino Nutrition Month

    Latino Nutrition Month goes from September 15-October 15. Oldways and the Latino Nutrition Coalition are working to build awareness of how food and lifestyle choices can reduce the rise of chronic disease that the Latino community faces.Latino Am...

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  • Sep 12 2009

    School Rewards and Random Acts of Fitness

    I love it when a major food company takes the initiative to encourage fitness and eating right, especially when geared toward our children. Subway has two amazing programs that I wanted to tell you about. The Random Acts of Fitness is great for ...

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  • Sep 09 2009

    Where Germs Are Hiding

    With news reports about the H1N1 flu all over the place, you may not think about the old "stomach flu" right now. Did you know that there really is no such thing as the stomach flu? If you have diarrhea or vomiting, it is usually not from influe...

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About the Author


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