Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: January 26, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.There are so many different types of foods out there that make claims about being healthy.

The term "natural" is a good example of packaging that can be confusing. There is no regulation for the term "natural" and you could be purchasing a food that is made with 50% lard or is mostly sugar. The word natural doesn't mean that the food is healthy and you should assume that it is not.

One of my favorite examples is looking at some frozen vegetarian entrees. The packages are often labeled "Natural" or "Vegetarian" but they are many times full of fat, saturated fat and salt. They might be vegetarian, but they're not good for you!

Fortunately, the FDA has regulations for most terms that mandate what manufacturers can and cannot say about their products. 10 Things You Need to Know About Reading Food Labels

Featured Recipe

Shrimp Enchiladas

Pasta CarbonaraCorn tortillas are great for enchiladas. Look carefully at the package and you'll find that most are low in fat and sodium. They're high in fiber and full of great corn flavor. These enchiladas make a great weeknight meal and take only about 30 minutes to put together.

This recipe is low in sodium and safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users. Those who are lactose intolerant but can tolerate cheese may enjoy it. It is not gluten-free, however, and those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it as it will be too spicy.

A Healthy Pregnancy
with Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

Faith Bontrager, RN, BSNI remember talking to an elderly family member who related to me the pregnancy diet advice she received from her mother-in-law. "You are eating for two now!" Wanting to be a good mother (don't we all?) she diligently doubled her food intake - and then had a terrible time attempting to lose her "baby weight."

During my mother's childbearing years, doctors added the weight of the baby, the placenta, the amniotic fluid, and maybe a little bit for breast development and strictly limited women to this weight gain. (about 15 pounds). Fortunately birthing women and their doctors have rejected both extremes and realized that women are NOT all the same and a single size advice does not fit all women. What is a healthy pregnancy weight gain?

 

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users:
The Cookbook

Book Cover

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users is now available in both spiral-bound paperback and PDF format!

Over 200 pages of what you need to know while on Coumadin (warfarin), including food lists - so you'll know what you can eat! Includes a complete six-week eatTHISdiet for Coumadin users, with weekly meal plans, shopping lists, and over 90 recipes. Just $31.52 for the spiral-bound book and $14.95 for the eBook. Order yours now!

Eat Well and Eat Healthy with
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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