Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: January 5, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.The beginning of 2009 marks ten years of Dr. Gourmet on the web. It was the beginning of 1999 that we put up our first web pages. For a long time the site was informational only and updated occasionally. We set out to change that about 3 1/2 years ago and to build the definitive evidence -based website for eating healthy.

I've learned a lot along the way to be sure. Most importantly there are 6 areas that research have been shown to help with folks eating healthy and losing weight.

1. Meal Planning: Those who plan their meals including when, where and what they are going to eat do better. We're Ten Years Old This Week

Featured Recipe

Beef with Broccoli

Beef with BroccoliWhen I am working on a recipe I love to look at lots of different recipes for the same thing and pick what I believe are the best features. Part of my quest is for the ingredients that go in a dish and only occasionally for technique. As you might imagine there are thousands of such Chinese style Beef with Broccoli recipes. The big difference was mainly with thin sliced vs. cubed or thicker sliced beef. Either way, I don't see that it matters much.

That said, you can use almost any good quality cut of lean beef you like. If flank steak is cheaper than top round, by all means use it.

This recipe is not safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users and contains multiple GERD / Acid Reflux triggers. It is, however, low in sodium (salt), lactose-free and gluten-free provided that the ingredients used to make it are gluten-free.

Fat in Beef

No matter what cut of beef you choose for a recipe, trimming the excess fat is the key to lowering the fat and calories. A cut like rib eye steak that is not trimmed will have about 20 grams of fat per serving. Trimming it of excess fat will reduce the fat by 10 grams and about 90 calories.

The best flavor in beef comes from the marbling in the meat itself, not the fat that surrounds the cut of meat. Choose cuts that have little excess fat and light marbling for maximum flavor and minimum calories.

Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

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

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The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan!

I've changed the name of my free online diet planner to reflect my belief that it's the quality of the calories we eat that count most. The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan includes the My eatTHISdiet features you know and love, plus:

1. Track your daily food intake, whether you use Dr. Gourmet recipes or not.

2. Keep a daily exercise journal to calculate and track the calories you burn.

3. Still free!

4. Use your own recipes to create your two-week meal plans

5. MORE!

Your two-week meal plans will continue to include foods for your entire family. Leftovers are still used for lunches and later in the week.

Those who are on Coumadin (warfarin), are lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive or have GERD / acid reflux will (of course) still be able to use the planner to create healthy diets for their conditions. Get started on eating healthier and losing weight now!

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