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Diet Diva
Diet Diva

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

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Fruit, Veggie, World Series

Check out this link to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Yup, that’s me. As a registered dietitian, one of my specialties is sports nutrition. I’ve worked with all kinds of athletes, from professional baseball, football, golf and tennis players, to youth, high school and collegiate athletes, to triathletes, marathon runners and non-competitive athletes.

I love this part of what I do because it’s like putting together pieces of a puzzle. Sports nutrition is all about giving a body in motion what it needs to perform well and recover properly. Whether you get your adrenaline pumping walking Fido in your neighborhood, or you make a living working up a sweat, what, how much and when you eat really does set the stage for how well you perform, and how much you benefit from your training or workout.

The C.S.S.D. after my name stands for Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (that’s a mouth full, huh?). C.S.S.D. is the top sports nutrition certification you can get. First, you have to be a registered dietitian (R.D.) for at least 3 years (becoming a R.D. requires at least a bachelor of science degree in nutrition, a 900 hour supervised internship, and passing a national comprehensive registration exam), then 1,500 + hours of specialty practice experience in sports nutrition, then take another (very difficult) board certification exam. But as unpleasant as that exam was, it was all worth it. The right nutrition really can transform an athlete.

If this is a topic you’re interested in, please let me know, and send your questions. I can share tips about what to eat or drink before, during, and after training and competition to ensure peak performance!

Fun facts:
-The Phillies’ most common nicknames include The Phils, The Fightin' Phils or, The Fightin's
- The Philadelphia Athletics (now the Oakland Athletics) were once the Phillies' cross-town rivals
-Of the fifteen players in history who have hit four home runs in one game, three were Phillies
-The team’s name is the longest, continuous name of any American professional sports team in history
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.