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Dian Thomas

Meet Author Dian Thomas

During the past 25 years, Dian Thomas has delivered more than 5000 media appearances. She is the author of 18 books, including the New York Times Best Seller Roughing it Easy, which has sold more than a million copies. She was a network reporter — for eight years — on NBC’s Today Show. Tom Brokaw, NBC’s news anchor, said, “Dian made her network television debut on NBC’s Today Show and quickly became one of our most popular featured performers. Dian has some of the most spectacular ideas you can possibly imagine.”

She appeared on the NBC’s Tonight Show as well as several times on ABC’s Good Morning America and then went on to make weekly appearances for six years on ABC’s Home Show. She now joins Meridian as a regular columnist. Watch for her features every Thursday.

Author's Published Articles
2014-09-12

I never met my grandfather, who passed away about eight years before I was born, but I have always heard about his challenging ...

2014-08-14

In the days of my parents' youth, if you did not raise a garden of fruit and vegetables that could be bottled and put in the co...

2014-07-31

I have been on the road for thirty-plus years and have never lost a pound while traveling. My biggest worry whether I am on a ...

2014-05-15

I remember the school counselor took her glasses and put them on as if to get another look. Then she said, “My dear, I do not...

2014-04-28

High in the valleys of the Andes visitors from around the world are able to explore the remains of the Inca civilization create...

2014-04-10

I was horrified to learn I weighed 320 pounds. I had so much pain and sadness. How could I, a disciplined, hard-working person,...

2014-04-03

Using materials you may already have around the house, you can get creative with your easter baskets this year....

2014-03-27

One of my favorite Holiday ideas is to grow a live Easter basket. It only takes about a week and the whole family will enjoy t...

2014-03-20

A photographic journey through the wilds of this fascinating country. ...

2014-03-06

My first time traveling alone might have been my last. I found I was afraid of everything. ...

2014-02-20

Dick Jensen, who got me into the travel business, caught the vision of providing local LDS guides for LDS travelers....

2014-02-06

Valentine's Day is one of the most widely celebrated unofficial holidays, and a day to let your sweetheart, parents, relatives,...

2014-01-30

For anyone who has traveled through Asia during the lunar New Year, they will be aware of this huge holiday....

2014-01-23

We took a half-day taxi ride far into the mountains to the Longi Rice Terraces, when I arrived I could not believe what I saw....

2014-01-16

The cuisine is often one of the most exciting and memorable parts of exploring a new travel destination. ...

2014-01-02

An introduction to a new series of articles on exploring the world and all that goes with it. ...

2013-12-19

It is so interesting to see the world through the eyes of kids. Take time this holiday to enjoy the little ones in your life a...

2013-12-12

Come to China and get a glimpse in the life of a village mother....

2013-11-07

Creative idea for homemade Thanksgiving centerpieces that are great to work on with kids. ...

2013-10-31

As we enjoy the harvest time, we remember why our forerunners dedicated a whole day to gratitude....

2013-10-25

Two unique treats that will bring the family together for the holiday. ...

2013-10-17

Paper plate skeleton, Ironing board ghost--here are some quick and fun Halloween ideas to do with kids. ...

2013-10-10

We can't keep challenges at bay, but we can choose how we deal with them. ...

2013-10-03

The foods you bring home from the store and put into your cupboard directly affect your health. ...

2013-09-26

Sometimes life will get to be too much, and all you can do is take a break....

2013-09-19

A fish recipe that's great for indoor and outdoor cooking. ...

2013-09-12

For low impact on your joints and high impact on your weight, try swimming....

2013-09-05

Drying food is simple and brings yummy results....

2013-08-29

Here’s a recipe for a light, lean tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes and frozen in canning jars. ...

2013-08-22

Could a blind man make the steep climb up the wall of China?...

2013-08-15

Cut the doldrums by looking for mini-vacations right near your own home....

2013-08-01

Have children do chores? It may be easier to do it yourself, but it doesn't teach them. ...

2013-07-25

It’s mid-summer and easy for the kids to get bored if they do not have enough to do. Here are fun summer projects that both ...

2013-07-18

Today I want to share with you another one of my favorite recipes and it’s amazingly easy. It’s how to make ice cream in a...

2013-07-11

Choose leaner varieties of meat and smaller portions for a healthier lifestyle....

2013-07-04

Perú, with its ancient civilization, is an intriguing place to visit....

2013-06-27

The Chinese call our country Megwa. It means beautiful country....

2013-06-20

Organizing tips for your next family camp out. This may make it easier! ...

2013-06-13

Some of my fondest memories when I was growing up were the times I went with my family outdoors. Here are just a few of the cre...

2013-05-30

See Dian Thomas' first appearance on The Johnny Carson show....

2013-05-23

If finding a block of time to devote to exercise is difficult, you can always find small moments to slip in extra steps into yo...

2013-05-16

When I accidentally ate a high calorie food, my old habit was to say, “Oh well!” and eat it anyway. When you add all the ...

2013-05-09

Sooner or later, if you are going to keep the weight off, you will have to come to terms with daily life and look for solutions...

2013-05-02

This is the age of technology and if I picked up and mastered every tool that comes by I would not have time to live life-- but...

2013-04-25

This last week I had the privilege to visit the Amazon and spend a few days going up and down the river....

2013-04-18

Would American or Mormon parents and children ever attempt this type of matchmaking?...

2013-04-11

I observed that my friend took several phone calls on the way to the restaurant and while we ate. I finally said, “John woul...

2013-04-04

"Only their parents knew that they would defect. They left everything but what they had on their backs, and in a small suitcas...

2013-03-28

I do not remember the first time that I met Jayne Malan but I will never forget the love she had for me and how willing she was...

2013-03-21

This bunny basket is so simple, even preschoolers can make it. It a fun on to let the kids made and share with their friends....

2013-03-15

One of my favorites through the years is a live Easter Basket with real grass growing in it. It takes about a week for the gra...

2013-03-07

With Easter just around the corner, you may be looking for some ideas to share with the grandkids and the kids. It’s not too...

2013-02-28

A look at the Chinese family and lifestyle from an American visitor. ...

2013-02-21

I am always interested in the food of a country. Here are a few of the insights that I have gained over many trips to China....

2013-02-14

While I was in China this year I was able to stay and participate in their largest holiday- the Lunar New Year. It was a wonder...

2013-02-07

The examples of others leads to a guide's conversion....

2013-01-31

How one 55 year old man lost over 90 lbs using very simple and easy to adapt healthy choices. ...

2013-01-17

Meal preparation and refrigerator organization are just two of the unexpected easy ways to help the weight loss process....

2013-01-10

Dividing up and delegating household responsibilities can lighten the overall workload and bring families close together....

2013-01-03

Not all comfort foods have to be high calorie or fatty. Here are 5 delicious and healthy "comfort foods." ...

2012-12-20

There are great adventures and stories to be experienced for those who seek to connect with their ancestral past. ...

2012-12-13

Pomegranates are a delicious and healthy treat. The biggest challenge everyone seems to have is how to get the seeds out. Here ...

2012-12-06

With cool days and cold nights ahead the perfect thing to warm you up during the winter months is soup. Here are tips for bett...

2012-11-29

Knowing the joy of a homemade and personalized gift. ...

2012-11-15

For family and friends that will not be home for the holidays, it is time to send your special holiday greetings and presents. ...

2012-11-08

I find that when you travel outside of your home country it is important to experience the food of the local people. It is the...

2012-11-01

The family unit in China for decades is the core of society. Much respect and honor is given to the older generation, and thre...

2012-10-25

Halloween parties can be creative, fun and filled with imagination. The food and decoration can be an adventure. Though the y...

2012-10-18

One of my favorite times to create memories with the kids and grandkids is at Halloween. The one thing that is the same all ov...

2012-10-11

Apples have been my favorite things to dry. It is easy to do and they last all year long, that is if I dry enough. It is my fav...

2012-10-04

One of the truly rewarding activities in life is connecting with grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Here are two activities to ...

2012-09-27

Amanda Lange saved 168 medically-challenged orphans in her too-brief life....

2012-09-20

Twenty-five years ago Jackie quit the corporate world and started her dream job by going into the homes of her clients and cook...

2012-09-13

This is my favorite time of the year for fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are the mainstay of Chinese meals, and m...

2012-09-06

We are going into the season of wonderful fruits pick up some extra and prepare it to use throughout the year. You will fall i...

2012-08-30

I always get excited about this time of year as everything is going for you to lose weight. Days are long, walks are nice, and...

2012-08-23

One of the most exciting parts of fall are the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available. At the top of my lists are the ...

2012-08-16

The summer is a great time to start exercising and the pool is the perfect place to go. No matter where you are on the physica...

2012-08-09

Food is an exciting thing for kids, and young kids will like these fun ways to prepare their summer food....

2012-08-02

This past week there was a moving adventure across Iowa. Instead of pioneer wagon wheels rolling across the state, it was over...

2012-07-26

I do not know a kid that does not like to make a handprint in cement. I know as a little kid you would also see name in the ne...

2012-07-19

Young girls love to play with dolls and they will love to make these simple pioneer rag dolls. It will be just like the one th...

2012-07-05

One of the most fun times I ever had with my nieces and nephews was the day I taught them to make ice cream in a tin can....

2012-06-28

Each year as the weather warms up, it is time for the farmers’ market. I am sure that one of the reasons I look forward to i...

2012-06-21

What Does It Take to Lose Weight?...

2012-06-14

I have been doing exercise long enough I know it is something that I will need to do the rest of my life. Keeping it fresh an...

2012-06-07

It is hard to be overweight, and it is hard to lose weight. Which hard would you rather live with?...

2012-05-31

One of the most innovative outdoor cooking methods (and is excellent to have for power-related emergencies at home) is the simp...

2012-05-24

Memorial Day is the beginning of the outdoor cooking season. It is time to get your Dutch oven out and fire up some great dishe...

2012-05-17

The Chinese enjoy a plentiful breadbasket today, but for many years food was very scarce. China is geographically a little sma...

2012-05-10

I have been in China for the past month. It is always interesting for me to come here and see their food habits. Here are 15 ...

2012-05-03

In Beijing there is a place called the Temple of Heaven. It is an ancient temple that thousands of tourists visit. And every da...

2012-04-26

Tips for making quick, easy, and delicious sandwiches. And a recipe for a low calorie Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. ...

2012-04-19

Dian's tried and true tips for preparing leaner cuts of meat without compromising on taste....

2012-04-12

Stir-fry is one of my favorites and it is so easy to prepare, and the combinations are endless. You can vary the flavor with sp...

2012-04-05

Those who live in Salt Lake City will know that the place to check out the most beautiful flowers is on Temple Square. Join me ...

2012-03-29

A fun Easter craft to enjoy with children. Start this Easter basket at least a week before Easter. It will last for several we...

2012-03-22

No matter where you are on the physical fitness spectrum, water is a great place to be...

2012-03-15

Here is a fun and simple St Patricks Day recipe for parents and children to do together....

2012-03-08

There are so many fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here are just a few of the green food surprises you can create fo...

2012-03-01

I find those that have been on diet after diet seem to have the most difficult time losing weight....

2012-02-23

Learning to fix a big variety of vegetables many ways is such a gift to someone who is losing weight. ...

2012-02-16

Sports teams always identify challenges and then plan strategies to help them win. This is the same process I follow to lose we...

2012-02-09

How many times have you gone back for just one more before you realized you've consumed the entire box of cookies?...

2012-02-02

This Sunday afternoon while watching the big football game, add a special touch with football hoagies....

2012-01-26

Enjoy this simple Chinese dish with just 50 calories!...

2012-01-19

In five years of traveling to China regularly, I have never need a morbidly obese person....

2012-01-12

Healthy snacks are an important key to your weight-loss journey....

2012-01-05

An executive in Salt Lake City went for a routine health assessment and found out he was in worst shape than he had ever imagin...

2011-12-29

Here are two fun ideas for ringing in the New Year....

2011-12-22

Out of money? It doesn’t mean you are out of ideas....

2011-12-15

It is not often that you find a recipe that can be served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. ...

2011-12-08

When I leave home, my challenge is to keep my weight stable....

2011-12-01

Here’s an idea for enduring without weight gain all those parties that pack the holidays....

2011-11-17

It is so easy to fall into the holiday eating roller coaster and say, “oh, it’s just the holidays, I will start my diet on ...

2011-11-10

A few tips can help keep the weight off during the holidays....

2011-11-03

If you like to eat, that may be music to your ears....

2011-10-27

With Halloween just a few days away, here are some fun and easy ideas to make for your family or for a special party. ...

2011-10-20

Here are some fun ideas that will help you if you are planning to have a Halloween party or just make Halloween a special holid...

2011-10-13

If you're going to decorate for Halloween, don't settle for an ordinary pumpkin when you can knock the socks off friends and fa...

2011-10-06

Halloween draws on the traditions of many cultures. For instance, it was the ancient Romans who bobbed for apples!...

2011-09-29

Now that pumpkins are coming into the stores, it is a great time to serve dinner in a pumpkin to your family....

2011-09-22

My best childhood idea for raising money was foiled....

2011-09-15

Have a healthy salad every day to lose weight without starving yourself. ...

2011-09-08

Bring the freshness of garden vegetables to your dinner table with these pureed soup recipes....

2011-09-01

Weight loss is easier if you can find foods you really enjoy....

2011-08-25

I love to travel and do a great deal of it, but I still return back falling more in love with the place that I call home....

2011-08-11

I never met food cooking in a Dutch oven that I did not like. Here are some tips to get you started....

2011-08-04

Unique tips will get you all fired up about your camping trip....

2011-07-28

There is only two times that you have to exercise to lose weight: when you want to, and when you don’t. A friend once told me...

2011-07-21

A fun way to bring out the flavor of food in outdoor cooking is to cook it in food. Try, for instance, a meatloaf in an onion....

2011-07-14

Even with little money, you can have a wonderful vacation right near home....

2011-07-07

Everyone is invited to be in the parade at Brighton, deep in the heart of the Wasatch mountains....

2011-06-30

You’ve probably heard the old adage: Eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a pauper at dinner. What makes a n...

2011-06-23

A small island off of southern Thailand feels like heaven....

2011-06-16

Sandwiches are fast, simple, and a portable way to go when you are working on eating healthy. ...

2011-06-09

Choosing the right foods to stay slim while you are eating out is not impossible!...

2011-06-02

Using the freezer helps you plan your portions in advance....

2011-05-30

Meridian interviews an LDS woman who just made it big by getting smaller on the Biggest Loser. ...

2011-05-26

Here are specific instructions for how Dian sets up her refrigerator to create weight-loss meals in 15 minutes....

2011-05-19

Most Americans get much less fiber than they need on a daily basis....

2011-05-12

Getting it off is hard. Keeping it off sometimes feels impossible. ...

2011-05-05

You can cut back on that salt and sugar for the sake of your health....

2011-04-28

One of the biggest challenges of losing weight is to cut the calories--and the one food that has the most concentration of calo...

2011-04-21

Thailand is a place of good food, gentle people and beautiful countryside....

2011-04-14

The weight can come on when you put yourself in "vacation thinking." ...

2011-04-07

Learning to eat the right fats is a key to losing weight...

2011-03-31

The nutrition facts label and the ingredients list on packages of foods and beverages are useful tools to help you make choice...

2011-03-24

Here are some tips for adding more vegetables into your diet....

2011-03-17

As big as a Bible, The Flavor Bible is a key reference for anyone who is looking for flavorful, unique combinations in their fo...

2011-03-10

When you’re first start to lose weight and change your lifestyle, it can be daunting to try to do everything all at once so d...

2011-03-03

Maybe following a long-term diet is about something other than willpower....

2011-02-24

The freezer has been such a great tool while I have been losing weight. It makes it possible to take advantage of sales....

2011-02-17

What you bring home and put into you cupboard determines a lot about your health....

2011-02-10

Knowing what you are going to eat and then setting yourself up for success is a key to weight loss. Through the years, with pr...

2011-02-03

Often emotions are tied into what we eat and how we feel about ourselves....

2011-01-27

Water is an often-overlooked nutrient....

2011-01-20

When we find ourselves with extra pounds, there is not one of us who would not like to wave a magic wand over our body and “V...

2011-01-13

It is rare to see an overweight person in China—unless they are American tourists....

2011-01-06

Time to make SMART goals for the New Year--Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Timed...

2010-12-30

You can eat too much of the right food....

2010-12-23

Going to the gym to exercise can become really boring. Here are some home alternatives....

2010-12-16

The lights of temple square are one of the nation’s visual delights....

2010-12-09

You can lose weight, but it will take planning and preparation. ...

2010-12-02

No matter where you are in the process of physical fitness, water is a great place to go....

2010-11-18

This time of the year can be one of the most challenging if you enjoy food. ...

2010-11-11

To lose weight, you have to develop a personal eating plan—not go on a diet....

2010-11-04

Dian takes us on a bike ride on a new trail just east of Salt Lake. ...

2010-10-28

People will be gathering Halloween ideas until it’s time to put the costumes on. Here are some that you can use that do not ...

2010-10-21

Just like the squirrels in the backyard, prudent humans use this time of year to set food aside for the winter months....

2010-10-14

She assumed the blind man wouldn’t want to climb up the steep steps to the Great Wall of China. ...

2010-10-07

Missionaries who serve in little villages at the end of dirt roads in Mongolia are having success....

2010-09-30

It is hard to make a sweeping statement about a population that is over a billion people, but after 10 trips to China I can sa...

2010-09-23

No matter where you are in the process of physical fitness, water is a great place to go. ...

2010-09-16

Farmer’s markets are one of the fun things of the harvest—and here’s a great recipe to use that fresh produce found there...

2010-09-09

Here’s a recipe for tomato sauce with no added fillers or sugar—just the yummy taste of freshness....

2010-09-02

Losing weight involves a lot of skills but the one that gets almost everyone is portion control....

2010-08-26

Keeping the calories down while eating out is often a challenge. Here are five tips that help....

2010-08-19

A recipe for Russian Salad can answer your needs for good health and lean eating....

2010-08-12

Nauvoo is an adventure-filled travel stop for your family with more things to do than you may have supposed....

2010-08-05

17,000 cyclists rode across Iowa last week and our Dian was among them....

2010-07-30

One of the keys to getting lots of exercise is becoming involved in an activity that you enjoy. ...

2010-07-22

: Catch a glimpse of the elaborate floats that have been created for the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City...

2010-07-15

More of us are fat than ever before, and it’s making us sick. Here are five ideas for shedding pounds from one who did it....

2010-07-08

As the summer heats up, it’s time to create memories in the backyard with your family....

2010-07-01

If you have not been to Thailand, it is a place filled with adventure. It has a personality, which is varied and amazing and i...

2010-06-24

How an appearance on "The Tonight Show" evolved into an eight-year-stint in early-morning television....

2010-06-17

How can 17 minutes on a television show change a person's life? Dian Thomas illustrates how one life changed overnight....

2010-06-10

Some days leave you a different person than you were before. Here is the story of one of them....

2010-06-03

Although many Americans do not eat breakfast, a good breakfast gives your body the fuel and energy it needs to get off to a gre...

2010-05-20

It’s time to decide to make good health a priority, and there’s an easy way to do it....

2008-11-26

This Thanksgiving I am grateful for a grand woman who reached out to me and said, ?I would like to be your friend.? ...



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