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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: August 25, 2008

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Almost every day I have patients ask me what they should weigh and how much they need to lose. I will admit that sometimes I am a bit evasive, saying such things as “Start working on your weight and I’ll tell you when to stop.”

Why am I not always more direct? Because folks can often be pretty unrealistic about their health and their weight. Usually people are shocked when I tell them what an ideal weight would be for them. While shock is their first reaction, folks usually say something like “Oh, I’ll do that, it’s easy for me to lose 50 pounds and you’ll see when I come back in three months.”

Man oh man, do I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said that (and another dollar for those who return in three months and have not lost any weight at all). I have no doubt that this mentality comes from fad diet books and pills that repeatedly advertise about how people can easily lose that much weight in such a short period. Realistic Goals

Featured Recipe

Scallop and Penne Salad | Low Sodium Version

Fresh Sea ScallopsRoasted criminis are an easy and inexpensive way to add maximum flavor to a dish. Sauteeing them like this until they are well caramelized is the key. The combination of the umami flavor in the mushrooms, the sweetness of the scallops and the richness of the olives combines well with the pasta for a great salad.

This recipe is Coumadin® (warfarin) safe, safe for those with GERD / Acid Reflux, and is gluten and lactose free.

Portion Size

Eating healthy is as much about the amount of food you eat as any other issue.

Pasta Salad

A serving size of pasta is two ounces (the amount in the Nutrition Facts on a box or bag of pasta). Since the standard box of pasta is one pound, there are eight servings in a box with each serving having about 200 calories.

There is usually not much fat in pasta, about a gram or so per serving. Most pasta is simply flour and water.

Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Dr. Gourmet

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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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