Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: January 26, 2009

Chef Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Carbohydrates are not your enemy. After years of research we do know what we have known for a long time - poor quality calories are bad for you. It doesn't really matter whether the focus is on carbs or fat or protein, if the quality of the food is great, the food is great for you.

So what are the best quality carbs for your pantry?

Bread is a great place to start because so many people fear it. Don't. Breads are a great part of a healthy diet. The key is to choose whole grain breads and looking for the highest fiber is key. A slice of white bread has little nutritive value with sometimes less than 1 gram of fiber. Look for breads with at least 2 grams of fiber or more. Practical Starch Choices

Featured Recipe

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta CarbonaraThis is one of those recipes that proves Mediterranean diet is healthy. Lots of good fats, low in saturated fat, high in fiber and full of flavor.

Original recipes generally call for bacon or pancetta, but I use prosciutto because it's more widely available. On the other hand, the addition of peas is clearly a Western variation, but they add so much and make this a full meal (pretty too).

This recipe is not low in sodium, but it is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users and those with GERD / Acid Reflux. Those who are lactose intolerant but can tolerate cheese may find that they enjoy it, and those who are gluten-sensitive should be sure to use gluten-free pasta.

A Healthy Pregnancy
with Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

Faith Bontrager, RN, BSNOne important step you can take to help ensure a healthy pregnancy is to consider your weight before even getting pregnant. Obesity has major effects on placental, embryonic, and fetal growth. Obese mothers are more likely to have large for gestational age (LGA) babies than lean moms, no matter how much weight they gain during pregnancy.

We know that certain birth defects are more common in babies born to obese women. For example, obese mothers are twice as likely to have babies with spina bifida as non-obese mothers. Some pregnancy problems such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes are more common with obese women. These pregnancy complications are dangerous to the women themselves and to their developing baby. Thinking About Getting Pregnant?

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users:
The Cookbook

Book Cover

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users is now available in both spiral-bound paperback and PDF format!

Over 200 pages of what you need to know while on Coumadin (warfarin), including food lists - so you'll know what you can eat! Includes a complete six-week eatTHISdiet for Coumadin users, with weekly meal plans, shopping lists, and over 90 recipes. Just $31.52 for the spiral-bound book and $14.95 for the eBook. Order yours now!

Eat Well and Eat Healthy with
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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