Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: April 20, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Last week I discussed the structure of dinner and what a good healthy and balanced evening meal should look like. I have felt for a long time that eating sensible regular meals and snacks is the key to being healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. In listening to my overweight and obese patients I often hear them say, "Well, I don't eat during the day. I only eat dinner." Sometimes they will talk about eating late in the day.

While this is only anecdote, hearing it over and over has made me think that there's something to this. Yet there's not a lot of definitive research to prove that skipping meals during the day and eating only dinner contributes to weight gain. We do have some indirect information from studies showing that eating breakfast makes a difference in maintaining a healthy weight. There's less info about lunch, however. We do have a lot of research on snacking. Everything from time of snacks, type of snack, how much is consumed and on and on.

There's also a lot of research on the volume of food and calorie density that helps us to understand how satisfying various meals and snacks are throughout the day. Just recently there was published a great addition to our knowledge with a group of researchers in Sweden reporting on whether meal patterns might have an effect on obesity. Three Meals a Day

Featured Recipe

Seared Sea Scallops with Potato Viniagrette

Seared ScallopThis is really a fabulous dish with the soft texture and flowery flavor of the warm potato salad complemented by the seared sea scallops. It's a simple dish that can easily be served for a weeknight meal since the whole thing takes all of a half hour (OK, you do have to roast the garlic first, but you should have that around the house for other recipes).

This recipe low in sodium and both gluten and lactose free. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux and those who are on Coumadin (warfarin) should avoid it.

Eating Gluten Free
with Julie Gee

Julie GeeAs you continue to plan menus and shop for gluten-free items, you may miss certain foods that contain gluten or feel deprived. This is a great time to make use of gluten-free products made by Glutino, Pamela's, Bob's Red Mill, and other labeled gluten-free products. These product lines offer pasta, bread, cookies, pretzels, and cereals. Be sure to read labels on gluten-free products as well. Some are made from whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice, which are great sources of fiber. I suggest that you avoid stocking up on a gluten-free product until you've tried it; however, once you've decided that you like the product, feel free to stock up from sites like glutenfreemall.com or amazon.com. I have found that each grocery store stocks different items that I use as mainstays. Rather than visit three stores every week, I stock up when I see a particular product that I know isn't carried at other stores. Supermarket Strategies for a Gluten-Free Diet, Part Two

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