Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

The agricultural and industrial revolution made fats and sugars more available and affordable, leading to a typical American diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates (high in sugars and simple starches) and low in complex carbohydrates and fiber. Low fruit and vegetable intake have also contributed to the reduction in the amount of fiber in American diets. Because of the convenience and low cost of processed foods, many convenience food items produced in mass quantities are high in chemical content. Sodas, potato chips, packaged sweets, etc. all have large amounts of preservatives, artificial food colorings, and other highly processed ingredients that have all been shown to be detrimental to our brains when consumed in large amounts. Similarly, the explosion of fast food restaurants, the decline of traditional sit down family meals, and an emphasis on the convenience factor have all contributed to rising obesity rates in the US. How the Standard American Diet (SAD) affects the brain »

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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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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

Resources

Fast Food Guide

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What are the healthiest choices at fast food restaurants? We've compiled a list: Fast Food Guide

Food Reviews

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We've reviewed frozen meals and convenience foods so you can eat well and eat healthy.

News You Can Use

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Health and nutrition news and what it means for you. Health and Nutrition Bites.

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

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

"A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar." -Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin was right, but the combination of honey and vinegar in a reduced sauce is nearly perfect to catch anyone. You can do an elegant meal in about 20 minutes. Simple flavors with great salmon that takes almost no effort. Perfect for both weeknight and for a special weekend meal.

Trout Almondine

Trout Almondine was oh, so fancy when I was growing up. I have always had a soft spot for it and didn't realize that I hadn't posted the recipe on the Web site. Here it is. Still great. I really do prefer the garbanzo flour over the white flour. It's nice and light and doesn't have the dry flavor that white flour has, plus it brings a nice nuttiness to your dish.

Indian Chickpea Stew

Indian Chickpea Stew Recipe from Dr. Gourmet

This was inspired by a dish I had traveling in England last year. The soup reminded me of tomato soups of my childhood: warm and comforting, but with some body and nice Indian spices. It's perfect served with a side salad for dinner or just a crust of bread at lunch.

Steak au Poivre with Penne

Steak au Poivre with Penne recipe from Dr. Gourmet

I love one pot meals (even though this takes two pots – one for the pasta). This is a great way to bring everything together in one pot – the beef, the pasta and the veggies. This dish takes about as long as making Hamburger Helper and is only slightly more expensive but oh, so much better.

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