Diet Diva
Diet Diva

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

  • Oct 01 2012

    McDonald's New Calorie Postings: How Will it Affect You?

    More new changes at McDonald's! Last year they changed the calorie levels in their happy meals and now they are giving you the option to make better choices when you dine out. McDonald's just recently began posting their calorie counts inside ...

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  • May 18 2012

    Book Review: Dr. Jo’s Eat Out Healthy

    Do you think there is nothing healthy to eat when eating out? Think again! Dr. Jo’s Eat Out Healthy is a great tool to help anyone navigate healthfully through the world of dining out no matter what your taste or your nutrition knowledge bas...

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  • Feb 27 2012

    Deciphering the Menu: How to Choose the Right Foods

    Eating out can be a lot of fun, but when trying to stick to a diet or trying to eat healthy, it can sometimes be a challenge. Deciphering a menu can often be difficult with the large array of choices that often presents itself to us. Th...

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  • Aug 05 2011

    A Healthier Happy Meal on the Horizon

    By now, you're probably aware that McDonald’s recently announced its plan to reduce its Happy Meals' overall calorie count by 20 percent. Launching in September, the new Happy Meal will contain a 100-calorie portion of fries and include a pack...

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  • Jul 15 2011

    Healthy Eating: Game Day

    As a dietitian for a professional sports team (Go Orlando Magic!), I enjoy my regular dose of fun sporting events. Isn’t it ironic that while the athletes are sweating it out on the court or field, we’re in the stands stuffing in the calories? ...

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  • Feb 04 2011

    Who Wants Pizza?

    I was about a month into my very first job as a dietitian when a high level executive I was working with asked me, “How often do YOU eat pizza?” It was my first introduction into the fact that people look at dietitians as if they are perfect ea...

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  • Jan 20 2011

    Strategic Grocery Shopping

    Healthy eating starts at your home, but in order to ensure that your home will be stocked with nutritious food you need to first learn how to shop strategically in the grocery store! Grocery shopping can be pretty overwhelming. With the nev...

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  • Jan 12 2011

    Healthy Restaurant Eating

    PTQGNTDJCYNV - Is it possible to eat healthy at restaurants? Absolutely! But it does take some careful ordering and possibly some discipline. Many of my clients do great when they’re cooking at home, but once that menu is in their hands, their ...

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  • Dec 08 2010

    Sneaky Sodium: Why You Consume More Salt Than You Think

    Not many people actually know how much salt they are supposed to eat each day, or how much they’re getting from the foods that they eat. It’s almost impossible to tell, and the stats prove this! The recommendation for sodium intake is 2400 m...

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  • Jan 27 2008

    New York City To Lower Salt Content in Restaurant Foods

    First Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned smoking in bars and restaurants in New York City (NYC). Then he removed trans fat and required restaurants to post calories on menu boards. He has encouraged the NYC health department to start ad campaigns ag...

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About the Author


MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

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

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