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Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

Gestational Diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy and can have serious consequences for both mother and child. Those consequences can include babies that are large for their gestational age, thus increasing the risk of Caesarean section or birth injuries, but also respiratory distress in those infants, low blood sugar, and as they get older, an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes (Mayo Clinic).

Mothers who develop Gestational diabetes during one pregnancy are at a higher risk of pre-eclampsia (a life-threatening condition) in the current pregnancy and are also more likely to develop Gestational diabetes in later pregnancies. Further, they are more likely to develop diabetes or high blood pressure later in life. Gestational Diabetes Linked to Sugar-Sweetened Sodas »

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Zucchini SoupCoumadin (warfarin) Diet

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Shrimp ScampiGERD / Acid Reflux / Heartburn Diet

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a person pouring salt from a salt shakerLow Sodium Diet

Following a diet that's low in sodium (salt) doesn't have to be bland or boring! With these healthy, low sodium recipes from Dr. Gourmet, you'll be eating well and eating healthy without needing to reach for the salt shaker. Get the book! The Dr. Gourmet Low Sodium Diet: paperback: $19.95 + s/h | PDF: $14.95

Glass of MilkLactose Intolerance Diet

It's not unusual to have difficulty digesting lactose and needing to avoid foods containing cheese or milk. This index will help guide you to Dr. Gourmet recipes you'll safely enjoy. Lactose Intolerant Recipe Guide and More Information

FishDiabetes Diet

What is the best diet for those with diabetes? A Mediterranean Diet! For diabetics, eating well is THE key to controlling blood sugar. For those with Type 2 diabetes, The Mediterranean Diet seems to help you control your diabetes better, without medication. The Best Diabetes Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

Shrimp Taco Salad
What is a Mediterranean Diet? Find out how familiar foods are part of this healthy style of eating.

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News You Can Use

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Get the facts - based on peer-reviewed research - on health and nutrition. We report on the latest nutrition news and tell you how you can use it in your daily life. Health and Nutrition Bites.


The How and Why of Eating Healthy

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Simple, straightforward articles on eating healthy in the real world. The How and Why of Eating Healthy.

A Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnant or planning to be? Diet tips, do's and don'ts for your pregnancy. A Healthy Pregnancy


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Featured Recipes

Tuna and Olive Pasta Salad

This recipe uses olive oil, tuna, and olives, making it healthy, but these ingredients also create a good mouthfeel from the monounsaturated fats these ingredients have. The olives and parmesan offer great saltiness and umami taste along with the tuna, while the vinegar brings the brightness that complements the other flavors - especially the saltiness.

Quinoa Salad with Smoked Fish

This is a great summer picnic recipe with a terrific balance of flavors – smoky fish, sweet leeks and cranberries, savory quinoa, and some sharpness from the vinegar. It is best made the night before to allow all of these flavors to blend together.

Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and Zucchini

This is a great example of how to balance flavors to keep sodium content lower. Quinoa, rice, and other grains often feel like they need a lot of added salt to keep them from being bland. Balancing the saltiness of the capers and goat cheese with the sharpness of the vinegar and the sweetness of the shrimp and vegetables means that you don't have to add salt to the dish for it to taste salty enough to be satisfying.

Chinese Barbecue Pork (Char Siu Pork)

This barbecue sauce is nothing short of amazing. There are lots of variations, but most all begin with the hoisin and five spice powder. Many use brown sugar, but I think that makes the sauce far too sweet. The sesame oil really balances this out, bringing a bit more exotic umami flavor to the dish.

You can marinate the pork (or other meat) prior to cooking, but I don't see that it imparts that much more flavor. Likewise, you can use this sauce on chicken or beef (I think it would be great on boneless, skinless chicken thighs; flank steak; or skirt steak). This would be great on firm grilled tofu, as well.