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!

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Eating Healthier at Chain Restaurants

I seldom eat at chain restaurants. I much prefer to eat great food and it’s worth the time to either cook it myself or find a good restaurant.

Even though I travel a great deal, part of my success in avoiding mediocre food away from home is the same as when I am at home – planning! Both chain and fast food restaurants are now pretty expensive and not only do I save money by, say, bringing my own lunch on the plane, I have a much better meal: it both tastes better and is better for me.

I have reviewed some healthier options from common chain restaurants. Generally you'll find that the recommended dinner meals will fall under about 500 calories or so. Unfortunately, many such chains do not stint on sodium, so if you're on a low sodium diet, be aware!

The following are the reviews of those acceptable meals, along with the nutrition information we've been able to obtain. Note that many chain restaurants no longer provide nutrition information on their websites, so we've posted their nutrition information when it's available to us.

Notes: Menu selections may vary according to restaurant location. If there's a chain restaurant you'd like us to review, let us know about it by sending an email to We can't guarantee that Dr. Harlan will test all of your restaurant suggestions, but he'll can certainly try to visit them when he is near one.

Chevy's Fresh Mex
Daily Grill [ Gluten Free Menu ]
Legal Sea Foods
Outback Steakhouse
Olive Garden

P.F. Chang's China Bistro [ PDF ]
Red Lobster [ PDF ]
Ruby Tuesday [ PDF ]
Wildfire Grill