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Dear Hungry Girl,

Any ideas for livening up that dieting staple -- canned tuna? Light mayo is so boring, pickle relish gives me heartburn, and straight mustard is not something I like all that much... Help!

Wanna Be called Skinny-Winny Fishtail (Again)
Dear Wanna Be,

You're fed up with tuna, aren't you?! I loooove canned tuna. So much so that I often eat it plain -- with nothing on it at all (and sometimes straight from the can -- shhhhhh!). But I do have LOTS of ways to add zazzle to tuna, without adding lots of extra calories. And not just with plain old light mayo, either (which, BTW, I also like). My new favorite way to eat tuna is with Vivi's Original Sauce. I wrote about this stuff a while back -- it completely and totally ROCKS. But it's sort of like a mustard, a relish and a salsa all rolled into one -- so I'm afraid that might give you heartburn (for those of you who aren't prone to relish-related heartburn -- GO FOR IT!!!). I also looooove to mix Dijonnaise into my tuna (it’s like a mustard/mayo combo with 15 calories a tablespoon). Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt is also fantastic in tuna, as is a little fat-free cottage cheese (really -- it's GREAT). Chopping up broccoli cole slaw (shredded broccoli, carrots and purple cabbage) and tossing that into tuna is another thing I like to do. Still need more tuna ideas? How about mixing it with salsa and/or a little fat-free sour cream -- or your favorite Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers dressing? Ok, that's all I got. Best fishes (sorry, couldn't resist)!


What do you think of this new Cookie Diet? I keep hearing about it and wonder if it's really healthy and a good way to lose weight?!

Needs to Know
Dear Needs,

I have to be honest -- I'm not a huge fan of fad diets. And the "Cookie Diet" is most certainly one of those. I don't know everything about this latest diet craze, but I get a lot of questions about it, so I decided to finally answer and give my opinion. In a nutshell, I think it's a bad idea. It's a VERY low calorie diet. If you drastically restrict calories, you will lose weight. However, this is not necessarily a good thing because the weight loss often doesn’t last. The Cookie Diet requires you to eat 6 cookies throughout the day, and then one very small meal. If you ate 6 low-cal crumpets or 6 low-cal ANYTHINGS throughout the day, and then a tiny meal, you'd lose weight. The problem I have with this diet (and other similar ones) is that it doesn't teach you how to change your lifestyle, or your eating habits. Anyone can follow a strict diet regimen for a period of time and drop pounds -- there's no secret there. But the key is learning how to live with the changes you have made -- FOREVER -- and maintaining a healthy weight. And the way to do that most effectively (in my opinion) is to LOSE the weight in a sensible way -- eating healthy foods, controlling portion sizes, increasing exercise, etc. Starving yourself by eating under 1000 calories a day and shoveling these weird cookies down your throat isn't the smartest way to approach long term weight loss. Would you lose weight quickly following the Cookie Diet? Probably. Would you gain that weight back as soon as you stopped eating those cookies and resumed your old eating habits? Um, most likely. Even though it offers a "one on one physician-supervised program", The Cookie Diet is not something I personally recommend. But remember, I'm not a nutrition professional, so you may want to confer with a pro on this. (BTW, I hear those cookies taste pretty bad, too!)

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