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The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D. tells you what to eat and when in order to eat healthier, lose weight, and keep it off - permanently!

With The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan, you'll create a two-week custom meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner, for yourself or your entire family - even kids under 14! NO making separate meals. Online planner includes:

1. Automated shopping lists - Just print and shop for the next two weeks of meals.

2. Frozen meal options for lunch or dinner such as Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers.

3. Easy, delicious recipes, with leftovers for lunches or later in the week.

4. Options for allergies and special diets, including:

  • Vegetarian (lacto-ovo)
  • Low sodium
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Coumadin (warfarin) use
  • GERD / Acid Reflux
  • Gluten allergies (Celiac disease).
  • Diabetes: All meal plans are safe for type 2 diabetics because they are based on the Mediterranean Diet, which is known to be the best diet for type 2 diabetics.

5. Combine special needs if needed: low sodium and lactose intolerant? Coumadin and celiac disease? Just select the options and get your delicious meal plan!

Other Web sites charge you as much as $29.95 per month for this service, but Just Tell Me What to Eat: The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan is completely free. (We don't even ask for your credit card information.)

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Ask Dr. Gourmet

Questions About
The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan

Previous versions of this planner were called The Real World Diet, The Quality Calorie Diet Plan and My eatTHISdiet - the questions and answers also apply to The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan.

Diabetes and Other Conditions

I need a diet for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, GERD / Acid Reflux and Coumadin (warfarin). Help!
Is it true that diabetics should not eat carbohydrates?
Is your book, The Dr. Gourmet Diet for Coumadin Users. compatible with a diabetic diet?
How can I add diabetes to my Dr. Gourmet Diet profile?
Why isn't Diabetes Type 2 included as an optional condition (like Coumadin® use or low-sodium) in My eatTHISdiet?
What diet will help me increase my HDL?


How can I feed my vegetarian teen without making her a separate meal?
My husband and I are beginning eatTHISdiet. Is eatTHISdiet appropriate for children, or should I make and serve them different foods than my husband and I?
Is a low-carb diet appropriate for my whole family?


Many foods in your recipes are not available near me. Suggestions?
Can I substitute canned salmon, trout or sardines for the protein in my sandwich?
Can I substitute two slices of low-calorie bread for the one slice of whole wheat bread in my single-serving lunch?
I don't like some of the foods on eatTHISdiet. What should I do?

The Plan Itself

Many foods in your recipes are not available near me. Suggestions?
Must I eat the meals in the order they are presented in The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan?
How Can I Customize The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan Menu to Account for Seasons?
Do you have recipes for those who live alone?
What should I snack on while using The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan?
What beverages should I be drinking on The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan?
How many calories should I be eating for breakfast?
Can you help me understand the lunch options for The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan?
Should I add snacks to The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan?
I've selected 1800 calories but the system is giving me 2300. What's wrong?
How do I add my own recipes to The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan?
About the servings for eatTHISdiet....
Would eatTHISdiet work for me? How can you not charge for it?
Is there any cost involved in eatTHISdiet or the Dr. Gourmet website?


Do you have recipes for those with dairy, egg and nut allergies?
How accurate is the nutrition information for your recipes?
How can I get a vegetarian diet without goat cheese and chicken stock?
I'm exercising and eating right but I'm not losing. Suggestions?
I've lost weight on Medifast. How can I avoid gaining weight eating real food?
How many extra calories do I need for breastfeeding?
Do you have any more venison recipes?
Do you have recipes for single people?
Do you have recipes for those who live alone?
How can I make better food choices and stick with it?
How can I lose weight if I am confined to a wheelchair and can't exercise?