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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: June 30, 2008

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.What should I have in my kitchen?

For the last few weeks I have been writing about the healthiest choices for you to make at the grocery store.

I chose to start with meats because most people feel that red meat is not all that healthy and I wanted to make sure to show that there are great choices like this Skirt Steak recipe. Eating red meat is OK about once per week and you should make it an event by choosing the best cuts.

Today I am moving on to fish -- specifically shellfish. This is another area of confusion for a lot of folks but all fish is good for you and has been shown time and again in research to prevent (and even reverse) heart disease. In Your Pantry: Shellfish

Picnic Time!

The United States will be celebrating the Fourth of July this coming Friday, and it's summer: time for a cookout. It's a great day to eat wonderful food and eat healthy. Easy to do and here are some recipes to help with your cookout or if you have to take something to a pot luck supper. Enjoy your holiday!

Grilled Sage Lamb Kabobs | Coumadin Safe Version or Barbecue Chicken or Salmon with Caper Mayonnaise | Coumadin Safe Version
Black Eyed Pea Salad or Red Potato Salad or Three Bean Salad
Cole Slaw and Cornbread Muffins and Strawberry Shortcake

Picnic Safety

Picnic BasketIn medical school, we learned that when a patient comes in with a "stomach flu" or Montezuma's Revenge, we should ask about whether the patient had been to a picnic or eaten off of a buffet recently. This is because bacteria don't tolerate heat over about 160�F or less than about 38�F. Unfortunately, most people who bring dishes to picnics or pot luck suppers (and many restaurants with buffets) don't think too much about how happy bacteria is between these temperatures--especially at room temperature.

While the temperature plays the key role here, the type of food sitting out is also important. Richer foods that have a more neutral acid content (like mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese sauces, etc.) are good breeding grounds for bacteria. This doesn't mean that you are completely protected by eating the vinaigrette, however. Picnic Safety

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users: The Book

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users Many of our readers have written to ask about a book on Coumadin use, and we're pleased to announce that eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users is now available for purchase in both spiral-bound paperback and PDF format!

Over 200 pages long, it's packed with vital information for Coumadin users, including information on dosage, interactions, and contraindications. Most importantly, it contains a complete six-week eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users, with weekly meal plans, shopping lists, and recipes, plus frequently asked questions and answers. It's just $27.95 for the spiral-bound book and 14.95 for the eBook! To purchase, visit: eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users: The Book.

Try My eatTHISdiet!

My eatTHISdiet is Dr. Gourmet's newest version of his popular diet plan. This free and easy to use meal planner can help you create two-week meal plans for your entire family. It'll even make use of the leftovers!

Use it to lose weight or just eat healthier with Dr. Gourmet's delicious and healthy recipes. On Coumadin®? Lactose intolerant? Have GERD / acid reflux? My eatTHISdiet will create a plan for you, too! Get started on My eatTHISdiet.

The Comfort Food Diet

You might think that those comfort foods you grew up with are bound to be full of fat and calories and unhealthy ingredients, but they don't have to be. With my recipes, you can eat those familiar, comforting foods like Meatloaf, Macaroni and Cheese, or Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - and still eat healthy.

Ready to start eating healthy - on comfort food? Register and start using The Comfort Food Diet.

Hand on Heart

Hand on Heart

Dr. Harlan's latest cookbook, Hand on Heart, includes several of the recipes from, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

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