Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

I have been standing at the corner of food and health for about 25 years.

During that time I have seen a lot come and go. Low-fat diets, while seemingly founded in good research, have been debunked. We have eliminated trans-fats, and margarine (those that contain trans-fats), once the recommendation of doctors and dietitians, is now known to promote heart disease. We have seen a dramatic rise in obesity during that time that I feel is directly linked to sugar sweetened beverages and the easy availability of inexpensive, calorie dense, nutrient-poor food.

I have always felt somewhat alone in my practice. Yes, I am a chef and a physician - and that's a unique combination. Granted, there were pockets of folks writing about great food as it relates to health and how we should be incorporating that into the day-to-day practice of medicine. We were not, however, in the mainstream. Talking about food in medicine was something of a lonely practice. We have always had great traffic at DrGourmet.com, but it has always been strange that my chef colleagues have not seen the value of health in food and my physician colleagues haven't seen the value of food in medicine.

That's changing. In a big way. The Intersection of Food and Health »

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The Mediterranean Diet

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This guide will help you manage your Vitamin K intake while still eating great food. Lists of foods that are high (and low) in Vitamin K, Coumadin-safe recipes and more! Coumadin (warfarin) Diet Information | Get the book! The Coumadin Diet and Cookbook (paperback: $19.95 + s/h) (PDF: $14.95)

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Glass of MilkLactose Intolerance Diet

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What is the best diet for those with diabetes? A Mediterranean Diet! For diabetics, eating well is THE key to controlling blood sugar. For those with Type 2 diabetes, The Mediterranean Diet seems to help you control your diabetes better, without medication. The Best Diabetes Diet


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Food Reviews

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The How and Why of Eating Healthy

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Simple, straightforward articles on eating healthy in the real world. The How and Why of Eating Healthy.

A Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnant or planning to be? Diet tips, do's and don'ts for your pregnancy. A Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy Eating for Kids

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Healthy snack ideas and diet guide for the children in your life. Healthy Eating for Kids and Young Adults


Featured Recipes

Coq au Vin

The traditional version of this uses whole chicken pieces, and if you use them with the skin on, it will add about 75 to 100 calories to each serving. I prefer the boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they have all the savory flavor, but fewer calories - and you don't have to fight with your food.

Mustard Thyme Penne with Chicken | Low Sodium Mustard Thyme Penne with Chicken

One key to this dish is being bold with the heat while cooking the mushrooms. There's not a lot of oil in the pan and the high heat will help the mushrooms caramelize quickly. While cooking they will release some of the water as steam and the combination of that, the oil, and the hot pan will help them brown, but you have to watch the pan closely and toss the mushrooms frequently to keep them from burning.

The caramelized mushrooms are what forms the foundation of the sauce. Combined with the mustard they create a great umami flavor.

Roasted Mixed Potatoes

When I travel for conferences there will often be a breakfast spread. The quality is often dubious but recently one of the buffets had very nice roasted potatoes. The twist was red and purple potatoes along with yams and Yukon Gold. For once, they were not too greasy. This is a version of that but with a pinch of cayenne thrown in for a bit of zing.

If chives are out of season, you can use a couple of thinly sliced green onions instead.

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