Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: August 30, 2010

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Dr. Tim Says....

There is recent research that taking time off from being healthy by overeating and not exercising can make it more challenging for you to lose weight later. A group of researchers in Sweden showed that even a month of unhealthy lifestyle and weight gain made it tougher to lose weight later on. The scientists felt that even short term overeating that led to weight gain resulted in longer term difficulty with weight management.

We have a lot of excuses for overindulgence and I have patients come to see me with explanations that cruises, weddings, birthdays and holidays caused their weight gain. It is easy to understand. Thanksgiving leads to Christmas which leads to New Years followed close on by Valentine's Day and there's birthdays and anniversaries in between. It seems that we mark our year's progress by these special days.

That said, I tell my patients that planning is the single most important factor in being healthy. What I want most for them is to think about what they are going to eat and when. Nowhere does this apply more than with holidays and it's those like Labor Day that can be the most challenging because of the abundance of food.

With just a bit of planning you can eat well, have a great Labor Day and be healthy. Here are some Dr. Gourmet holiday guidelines.

Featured Recipes

WatermelonChilled Watermelon Soup

This is the perfect summer soup. You can serve it plain without the olive oil (with 45 less calories) at picnics along side almost any dish including barbecue, burgers, grilled fish or pasta salads. With the olive oil and basil it makes a fantastic and elegant starter course to your summer dinner party.

Key Lime PieKey Lime Pie

As the recipe says, you can use regular lime juice but it takes more juice than when using key limes. Key limes are more pungent and tart tasting than regular limes.

A bottled key lime juice was tested for this recipe. Florribbean 100% Key Lime Juice was simply terrible. The pie was not edible with the finished product having a plastic taste to it.

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