Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP has counseled thousands of his patients on healthy, sustainable weight loss. Now he's compiled his best tips and recipes into a six-week plan for you to learn how to eat great food that just happens to be great for you - and if losing weight is your goal, you can do that, too.
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I have been writing for a long time about the Mediterranean diet and how easy and healthy this is. The recipes on the Dr. Gourmet web site use these principles and translate them to dishes and menus that are familiar to you. I have talked about the 9 areas that have been used in research and what this can mean for you.
But how much? What makes up a score?
One of the first really large studies to look at this determined a threshold based on consumption in population of over 22,000 Greeks. The following quiz is based on those thresholds and you can calculate your own diet score based on these amounts. How to Calculate Your Mediterranean Diet Score
Chicken salad is easy. I love this healthy version with the gently poached chicken breasts and fresh garlic. If you want a more authentic chicken salad replace the garlic (or add) a tablespoon (or two) of sweet pickle relish. Heinz makes a wonderful relish that my brother first introduced me to called India Relish that is particularly good. Pickle relish does have about 125 mg of sodium in each tablespoon so if you are on a low-sodium diet, it might be good to reduce the added salt a little.
Yes, you can eat egg salad! The variations I will leave up to you. My brother loves Heinz India Relish and I like capers.
I have made this recipe with reduced-fat mayonnaise, and it is a little more traditional, but the avocado is rich, creamy and full of great monounsaturated fats.
No other meal plan includes making extra for lunches and leftovers later in the week. This is truly a meal plan for the Real World! Recipes include Fettuccine Alfredo, Shrimp Fried Rice, and Taco Salad.