Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: June 1, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.[This is another in our series on the How and Why of Eating Healthy.]

There's so much good to be said for how much you can change your health by making your own lunch. We know from research that skipping breakfast or lunch (or both) makes it harder to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

One of the first questions that I ask my patients is what they have for lunch. It's clear that not many people take their lunch to work and that's key to making sure you get the highest quality calories. When you are getting started eating better it's important that you make lunch and take it to work with you. The easiest thing for most folks is to make a sandwich. Here are some guidelines for items that you should pick up at the grocery and keep on hand for making a quick and easy lunch.

Featured Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup

GarlicThis soup has it all. Great Southwestern spices, savory chicken, veggies and sweet corn flavor. For a lot of folks this won't be as spicy as they would like it, and it might actually be mild enough for those with GERD. The spices are milder and the onions have cooked for a long time, making the soup sweet and not spicy.

If you want yours spicier, add a bit of cayenne pepper when you add the other spices. If there are those in your family who don't like spicy food, follow the recipe and put some hot sauce on the table for those who want some.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users, is low in sodium, and is both gluten-free and lactose-free. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux may be able to tolerate it.

A Healthy Pregnancy
with Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

Faith Bontrager, RN, BSNSeafood is a great, healthy choice for expecting mothers. It's both high in protein and naturally low in saturated fat as well as being high in omega-3 fatty acids. Adequate levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA has been linked to increased intelligence in children. One study indicated that fish consumption during pregnancy decreased the child's chance of developing asthma (Clin Exp Allergy, 37, 518-525). Fish is great for the heart - and it tastes good! This sounds like a great pregnancy food!

On the other hand, the media keeps talking about mercury contamination of fish. This sounds like something a pregnant woman should avoid. What's the answer?

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New Feature!

We've started a series of brief videos on the how and why of eating healthy.

First up is Dr. Tim Harlan talking about why you shouldn't skip meals.

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