Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: May 11, 2009

Chef Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.People ask me all the time what I eat day to day. "Do you cook every night?" is a frequent question. I do eat out but mostly I cook, partly because I love being in the kitchen but also to create recipes and do research for DrGourmet.com. As a result, it’s not very common for me to cook the same dish twice in the Harlan household. As with most of us, however, there are evenings when I just don’t have the time to cook and need to make something quick and easy.

Even though it’s rare to have the same recipe twice at my house, there are a few recipes that I particularly love that are quick and easy when I am tired or pinched for time. Quick and Easy Does It

Featured Recipe

Pantry Meal: Quick Barbecued Pork

Nonstick PanThis is the quick and easy pantry meal that everyone in your family will love. Choose your favorite barbecue sauce. I look for a sauce that has no more than about 50 calories for two tablespoons. The lower the sodium the better: most come in around 200 mg for two tablespoons, and low sodium versions are 50 mg. If you do use the regular versions, it's best to cut the added salt to 1/4 teaspoon.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users and is low in sodium. It is both lactose-free and gluten-free. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it (unless they know of a barbecue sauce that does not cause GERD symptoms).

Eating Gluten Free
with Julie Gee

Julie GeeYour friends, family, and colleagues probably won't understand why, all of a sudden, you're not eating the same things they are. It helps to develop a brief explanation that explains your health issue in a simple way. For example, I typically say, "It turns out that I have Celiac Disease, which is an autoimmune response to the gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye; since those ingredients are found nearly everywhere, it's safest for me to eat things I know are gluten-free."

This brings us to the next tough social situation: a party or social gathering at someone's home. Eating Gluten-Free in Social Situations: Friends and Family

A Healthy Pregnancy
with Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

Faith Bontrager, RN, BSNAccording to researchers, over 70% of women suffer from nausea during early pregnancy. Despite the name "morning sickness," pregnancy nausea happens throughout the day for many women. It is most common in the first trimester but 13% of women had nausea past their 20th week of pregnancy.

What causes this nausea? Researchers are not certain but the most common explanation is that a rise in HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a growth hormone plays a large part. We do know that nausea is lower in women who subsequently miscarry and higher in women who are carrying twins. Treating Nausea and Vomiting

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