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About the servings for eatTHISdiet....

When following the original "eatTHISdiet" plan, I am to have two servings of breakfast and lunch with one serving for dinner. When it says 2 servings of breakfast, does that mean I would have for example, two blueberry muffins and 2 servings of fruit? Or would it mean only 2 muffins and one fruit?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

The answer to your question about servings is that you would have two muffins and two servings of fruit. A lot of my patients and users of eatTHISdiet will save the second piece of fruit for a mid morning snack.

We are presently working on software that will help users create fully custom diets. We are in the beta version and am very excited.

Users will be able to enter demographic data for themselves (and other family members) along with diet and health concerns such as diabetes, low-sodium, Coumadin use, GERD, lactose intolerance, etc and the system will create a custom meal plan with shopping lists and recipes.

It will also allow custom preferences. For instance, there will be a selection for "comfort foods" and users will also be able to exclude foods that they don't like or are allergic to. Convenience foods such as frozen dinners and common restaurant foods will be added to the database soon so people don't have to cook every night.

All of the nutrition info is being recalculated now to include monounsaturated fat, trans fat, sugars and Vitamin K as well as Potassium.

Thanks again for writing. Spread the word,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet