Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: June 22, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

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

There are a lot of fantastic reasons to make a change in what and how you eat. Everyone has their motivation.

Looking at the most successful titles in the Diet and Nutrition section of the bookstore, the main reason that folks want to change how they eat is to lose weight. O.K., that's alright, but for most people that means they want to lose a lot of pounds really fast. The concern is that this has been shown time and again to not be effective because you'll gain it all back, plus some. The landscape is littered with failed diet books and celebrities who've lost and gained and lost and gained. So much has been written proving that many diets simply offer users only a yo-yo pattern of weight gain and weight loss. What is Your Motivation?

Featured Recipe

Chicken Corn Salad | Coumadin Safe Version

Salmon FiletsThis is a one pan meal that takes about ten minutes to assemble. It takes another 45 minutes to chill, but the combination of the slight spiciness with the cool cucumber and the creamy lime scented goat cheese makes it the perfect summer salad. Light but full of flavor.

This recipe is low in sodium and gluten-free. It contains cheese, so some of those who are lactose-intolerant may be able to enjoy it. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it.

Cucumbers

Cucumber SlicesAlthough cucumbers are felt to have originated in the far east, the majority of cucumbers sold in America today are the American Slicing variety. Most of these have a thicker skin, less flavor, and more water content than other cucumber types. They are not all that good for eating fresh in salads or on sandwiches, but they do make very good soup. They usually have a heavy wax coating, and the skin of these is best peeled and discarded.

Smaller cucumbers are milder and sweeter. As the cucumber grows and the seeds grow they become bitter. When buying larger cucumbers, seed them.

The other ubiquitous cucumber in American markets is known as the Hothouse cucumber. These are also sold as European Hothouse, Dutch Hothouse and sometimes Burpless cucumbers. They are long and thin cucumbers with a very thin skin and few seeds (which is why they are called "burpless"). They are usually sweeter than the American slicing variety.

4 ounces cucumber = 15 calories, 0 fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, ‹1g protein, 3g carbohydrates, 2mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol

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