Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: January 19, 2009

Chef Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.We have been reviewing convenience foods here at Dr. Gourmet for a few years. The idea began because my patients talked about eating Lean Cuisine meals. I will admit that at the time I hadn't had a frozen meal in longer than I could remember. Mind you, I love to cook and a lot of folks don't. Likewise, I work to make time to cook because I know that it's the way to living well and living longer.

O.K., that's me but you may be different. You may not like to cook every day or may not feel you have the time. So I took this to heart and we began testing a lot of different convenience foods. Most of these are frozen meals like Lean Cuisine. We've now tasted and reviewed over a hundred such meals and some are pretty darn good and others pretty darn terrible. Convenience Foods

Featured Recipe

Spanish Beef Stew with Olives

OlivesStews are great. It's just that simple. You can throw it all in a pot, put the pot on to cook and two hours later you have dinner. The great thing is that this is so versatile and this is typified by the fact that every culture has hundreds of stew recipes.

Most folks think that stews are not healthy but this really isn't the case. Start with lean meats like top round, flank steak or bottom round. Trim the excess fat carefully before starting the stew and you'll end up with a dish that's not greasy and great for you.

This recipe is low in sodium (salt) and is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users, those who are sensitive to gluten and those who are lactose intolerant. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it.

A Healthy Pregnancy
with Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

Faith Bontrager, RN, BSNCongratulations to you on your pregnancy! Congratulations to your baby! Baby, you have a mother that is taking time to make sure that she and you are well nourished.

My first recommendation would be to find a doctor or midwife with whom you can comfortably talk and who makes nutrition a priority. Don't be afraid to call several offices and ask, "Dr Smith, how does your belief about nutrition affect your practice?" Your practitioner will have access to your blood and urine tests, can take a health history, and will do a physical exam. All of these will make a difference in recommendations that are specific to you and your current health.

Without knowing any of those things, here are some general guidelines.

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My eatTHISdiet is Now
The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan!

I've changed the name of my free online diet planner to reflect my belief that it's the quality of the calories we eat that count most. The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan includes the My eatTHISdiet features you know and love, plus:

1. Track your daily food intake, whether you use Dr. Gourmet recipes or not.

2. Keep a daily exercise journal to calculate and track the calories you burn.

3. Still free!

4. Use your own recipes to create your two-week meal plans

5. MORE!

Your two-week meal plans will continue to include foods for your entire family. Leftovers are still used for lunches and later in the week.

Those who are on Coumadin (warfarin), are lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive or have GERD / acid reflux will (of course) still be able to use the planner to create healthy diets for their conditions. Get started on eating healthier and losing weight now!

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