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 had someone say recently how much they envied me being able to make up recipes. It's funny because I don't see creating a new dish as being all that hard, and thinking about it I realized that it isn't difficult. The key is to think of it like learning a new language. I've used the same analogy when telling prospective medical students that organic chemistry isn't all that hard when you realize that it's simply learning the words (atoms) and the syntax (chemical reactions) of how those words combine. Not much different than learning how to do crossword puzzles or gardening. Learn the "language," learn the skill.
Recipes are in many ways just the same.
Take a summer salad. Like stews, these make fantastic complete meals and are a great example of how you can create your own recipes by thinking about the building blocks and how to combine them. How to create your own salads »
I was so inspired by all of these ingredients. I found them at my local farmer's market and they just came together into a wonderfully full-flavored salad.
How do you solve problems? Avoiding and denying, or adapting and adjusting?
The way we solve problems, our cognitive processes, may predict how well we will maintain our weight loss. I'm given to self-examination, so you can expect me to analyze why I'm unwilling to gain back even one pound of the 15 I so carefully and methodically lost two years ago. An article which my good doctor shared with me provides some insight. In a study about the similarities and differences between weight loss maintainers and regainers, focus group participants revealed cognitive characteristics which either enabled them to maintain or regain. Are you a maintainer, or a regainer?
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.