Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: April 5, 2010

Dr. Tim Says....

[This article is part of The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan Coaching Program, an ongoing series on The How and Why of Eating Healthy. Read the whole series to date.]

Strawberries with CreamDesserts are an important part of eating well and eating healthy. The key to making dessert part of your healthy diet is that you should consider desserts as a special part of your life. Dessert is not something that should be eaten every day.

If you are working on losing weight, then dessert should be considered a serving that you substitute for another portion maybe once a week. When I am working on dessert recipes, my goal is for them to be 200 calories or less per serving. I try to minimize simple sugars wherever possible. Often I use different artificial sweeteners, but just minimizing the amount of sugar in a particular recipe can be very effective. What About Desserts?

Featured Recipe

Jambalaya Salad | Low Sodium Version

JambalayaSausage is one of those ingredients that speaks most to the reasons for locally sourced food. The large companies make "low fat" sausages that on the one hand are better choices health-wise, but they are highly processed and some that I have looked at contain MSG as well as other questionable ingredients.

I picked up a package of locally made andouille sausage and there was less saturated fat listed on the package than those from the big companies and less sodium as well. In a dish like this one, if you find a sausage that contains much more than 500 mg in a 2 ounce serving, leave out the added salt.

This recipe is gluten-free (provided you use gluten-free pasta), lactose-free and safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it.

Eating and Exercise:
What to Eat and When to Eat It
Exercise with Jacques Courseault

Jacques CourseaultSome days your workout is full of energy and other days you wonder if you have enough energy to make it through the first few exercises. You may want to take a closer look at what foods you are eating and when you are eating them. Properly managing your meals, snacks and beverages before and after exercise can have a huge impact on your workout intensity and how well your body recovers from your workout.

Follow these tips to get the most from your workout (this is intended for simple workouts and not endurance sports). Eating and Exercise: What to Eat and When to Eat It

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